I'm wavering back and forth between installing a my baseplate to my basement floor with either tapcons or ramset.
- Can use existing impact driver and only need to buy Impact bit set which I could maybe reuse for other stuff down the road
- Fairly safe
- Can take them out if I need to for some weird reason
- Takes much longer than a ramset
- MANY MANY complaints about stripping/breaking screws and bits
- WAY faster, easier (and more fun)
- Have to buy $90 tool (I'm not getting the hammer style, don't want to buy used, and will be building my walls so slow that I can't really rent)
- Need to figure out how to dispose of unused cartridges
- Potentially more dangerous (though I'm also using a framing nailer, so not that concerned)
- Small chance for cracking/chipping concrete
- The wife factor
I've tried finding info as to what the optimal size is for each for attaching the PT 2x4 to the floor, but haven't found anything concrete (pun intended). From the best I've found, the recomendation is to go at least 1" into the concrete, and for tapcons, people tend to recomend the 1/4 vs 3/16". Looking around it seems like my options are either 1/4" x 2-3/4" Tapcons, or 2.5"/3" Ramset nails. 2.5" on the ramset nails would be just cutting it on the 1" minimum, so I was thinking maybe the 3"? Does it matter if it's the version that has the washer vs not?