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Old 05-12-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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Avoid rivet holes when framing?

I've got the day off and am about to get started screwing some 2x4s into the ribs. I've got some flat headed self tappers. I'm going to predrill into my 2x4s to countersink them then screw into ribs. I'm assuming I should predrilling the ribs and try to avoid the rivet holes in the ribs. Doesn't sound all that difficult but any tips on avoiding the previous holes? I was just going to line up the 2x4 and try to mark a spot. I suppose I could pre drill a small hole as well as my larger countersunk pocket hole and the small hole can show me where the screw will end up to make sure I'm on the right spot? Do people get larger gauge screws and just reuse the rivet holes?
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:16 AM   #2
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you could take a sharpie and mark the wall/roof next to where the holes are.......
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:42 AM   #3
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don't forget construction adhesive. I've been doing alot of that lately
( new wood ceiling) and my advice is dry fit your wood, apply liberal amounts of adhesive, screw away,... If you hit an existing rivet hole, you will know, remove and scoot the screw over. that's is. fill holes with wood puddy.

just eying it, and having installled over 500 screws so far, only hit about thee holes. no big deal.

in addition, the screws I used for my sub floor and walls, Trex 3/8 x 2 1/4 can hit the holes and tap through them. I still try to avoid, but if you really are worried about it. buy those.
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