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Old 05-04-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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Attaching 2x2s to wall

what type of screws are the best to use for attaching 2x4s or 2x2s to the wall. Did anyone predrill or just use self tap.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Attaching 2x2s to wall

I have been using TEKS they are awesome! They require a number 3 Phillips bit. The below info is for the 2 3/4, but they have shorter ones you can use for 2x2's Good luck!

Here is the home depot link, not sure if it will work right, the model number is Model 21384 you might use the search function if it doesn’t

Teks self-tapping screws with wings provide secure wood-to-metal fastening with strong holding power, without the need to pre-drill! Engineered drill-point and flute remove material efficiently and properly size the hole for threads. Special wings ream a hole in the wood to prevent thread engagement during drilling. Ideal for fastening wood to thicker gauge (20-12 gauge) metal in applications such as wood headers and plywood to steel frames. Installs with a standard screwgun and a #3 Phillips bit.

No pre-drilling necessary
Screws tap their own threads
Secure fastening with strong holding power
Engineered drill point and flute (pilot section) removes material efficiently and sizes the hole for threads.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:24 AM   #3
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Re: Attaching 2x2s to wall

i have used the teks i only use them when there is a support beam under the sheet metal
and i bought sum sheet metal screws if u pre drill them they work ok...i have cussed them out more than i care to share though

oh pre drill the wood 2x2 split on me at first when i used the teks
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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Re: Attaching 2x2s to wall

I prefer using hex head self-tapping screws. The screwdriver drill attachment tends to spin in the phillips head screws even when using the proper size. If the metal is structural, I pre-drill with an undersized bit. I have found that these screws (most brands) will strip the hole in thin metal pretty easily.
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Re: Attaching 2x2s to wall

When I go to attach lumber to my walls I plan on using construction adhesive and a few screws. The screws will mostly just hold the lumber while the adhesive dries. I figure this is the best way to avoid rattles, squeaks, and other nasty annoying things while travelling down the road. PL Premium or Liquid Nails should work just fine.
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We pre-drilled the holes through the wood and metal and then used 2" sheet metal screws with the hex head or self tappers. We also had the easiness of using air tools for this. We used the attachment that goes on a drill as well, it just takes longer. If your talking about furring strips we used 1x3's. For bunk beds 2x3's. I don't think you need 2x4's, too big and bulky. Just one man's opinion though.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:28 PM   #8
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I too used self drilling TEK screws, I generally bought pan-head screws with a square drive, those things are impossible to strip the heads on!!

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self tapping with adhesive will be my game
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