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  • Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

    We have a job which prohibits mechanical fasteners for holding the treated bottom plate of our interior walls to the concrete floor, because of the radiant tubing embedded in it. I'm wondering what would be a suitable adhesive for this situation?

    Thanks
    Nick C

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    Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

    The 'job' prohibits it or the lack of knowledge of where the tubing is does? W/o more details on what the structure is I'd suggest dropping some coin on some service to locate or an IR thermometer [for example; http://www.thehumansolution.com/4254...FQEHbAodsFopoA ] and do what's needed. New toys are fun too, possibly even when rented.
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    • #3
      Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

      If the standard industry construction procedure is prohibited, shouldn't the specs tell you what to do as the alternative?

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      • #4
        Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

        How many walls, how many doors? Doors being the problem, really. And then, is it really concrete or is it gypcrete?

        You'll find any number of caulkable adhesives. Most of the Construction Adhesives will adhere to concrete.
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        • #5
          Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

          Even when I knew the Pex tubes were in the middle of a six-inch basement pour, I restricted the baseplate nailing to 1/2" depth, which worked perfectly well in a home basement.

          Where the depth is unknown, I wouldn't drive blind.
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          • #6
            Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

            Thanks for the replies
            No specs, just a residential addition which has been upgraded to Hambro suspended concrete slab; 4" thick, 3500 psi mix. Prior to placement I photographed each run and am confident of where the tubing is, and would not hesitate to use thermal imaging or some other high tech location technique if we need to. I'm researching adhesives as a viable alternative to tapcons or shot. We have about 160 lineal feet of wall, and 8 doorways

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            • #7
              Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

              My worry would not be uplift, but lateral movement. If the adhesive fails there will be nothing keeping the bottom plates from kicking to the side. If you have everything mapped out and photographed then just act as normal and apply construction adhesive then shoot remingtons. If the slab is still fresh, the powder shots should penetrate well.
              Your OP sounded as if you just came onto the job and the layout was a mystery.

              Phil
              It's better to try and fail, than fail to try.

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              • #8
                Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                I doubt the adhesives will fail any time soon... and would fail at about the same rate as nails shot in 1/2". I've used quite a bit of Liquid Nails, and had to take apart some other walls with the bottom plate glued to the floor. 5-6 years after the fact it was still a case of breaking the plate apart. The glue was stronger than the wood still. But- I've also wound up having to do concrete repairs because it was stronger than the concrete, too. Just sayin'.
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                • #9
                  Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                  I'd rather have mechanical fasteners, even if it's just a partition wall.

                  You can run a masonry blade 1/4" or so down the center of the plate and run your adhesive over that. This will provide a "key way" to lock in the plate from any movement.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                    Someone once posted a low-tech way of locating the tubing. Turn on the heat an mop water over the whole concrete floor. The squiggly areas that dry first are the tube locations. Lay out plates and pin locations while the evidence is plainly visible.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                      Originally posted by NW Architect View Post
                      Someone once posted a low-tech way of locating the tubing. Turn on the heat an mop water over the whole concrete floor. The squiggly areas that dry first are the tube locations. Lay out plates and pin locations while the evidence is plainly visible.
                      That's a great trick!
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                      • #12
                        Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                        Wow- I've got to try that just to see if it works!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                          I would be surprised if it did - concrete distributes heat pretty quickly. But there must be someone with an IR camera you can borrow - places are even renting them now.

                          We've also had good luck w/ construction adhesives and concrete.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                            That's a great trick but not nearly as much fun as an IR camera!
                            Doug

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                            • #15
                              Re: Adhesive for bonding bottom plate to concrete floor

                              I was hesitant to shoot nails into the floor even thought I had pictures and a layout of where the PEX was. I used liqiud nails on my floor ten years ago and nothing has moved. Hopefully your basement is as dry as mine that will help everything stay bonded. Good luck!

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