Omnipotent said: ? i already learned a lot reading this forum, but i have a couple of questions left since laying carpet is a rare job for me. My knee kicker has big teeth that are hight adjustable. But what's the use of these fine teeth? are they necessary? I often have trouble getting the nails of roberts tackstrip into the concrete floor, it seems to be a little too hard. and when it's a cement screed it doesn't stay down because it turns into sand when i hit the nail down. Am i using the wrong tack strips? Is it a good idea to use a glue down tackstrip using roberts ankerweld R6040 on every floor that isn't wood?Click to expand... The fine teeth are called nap grippers. They grip the yarns also in aiding the use of the kicker. There are times when they should be used without the teeth. When using coincrete strip I don't try to drive the nail in one blow of the hammer. I try to ease it in. But when the crete is really hard it is best just to glue the tacking strip or drill a 1/8 hole and use a aluminum nail or a slightly larger nail than the hole designed for concrete. If going through screed I think you may have to use a longer nail to get to the concrete below. Not really sure what the Roberts product is but thinking it is a adhesive type product. Its not a product I've used. Daris
Finding the right nails size can be the trick. Stubbies, in between, to 1 long. We also glue, and nail, or just glue now. Chemrex CX-948 works great.
I use the big taylor kicker and never have to put the teeth down because of the big nap grippers. The concrete nails I like are skinny not the fat ones. Use the 9/16 for longs and 1/2 for stubbies. I use pl construction adhesive because its cheaper than chemrex and virtually the same. I do drill some and also have several concrete nail sizes up to 2 for nailing into bad cracks. Another nail good for cracks is the joist hanger nail. You need a fat nail to fit the crack to hold sometimes.
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