Before you take your concrete construction journey one step further, installing tack strip may be a necessary part of the project. This fastener is used to secure, hold, or fix carpeting or other flooring to concrete. It may seem like an odyssey, but in reality, it is not overly complex and much simpler than you might expect. By following instructions and gathering the right materials, you will finish your task in no time at all.
All of the materials for installation are necessary. First, procure the tack strip and then gather the other equipment such as a hammer, a nail set, and concrete nails. As a precaution, it’s beneficial to include a tape measure in order to position the tack strip in its proper location. Once these items have been obtained, you’ll be ready to go.
As the first step, measure the area to determine the dimensions of the desired tack strip. Take a saw, if needed, and cut the tack strip to size. It is essential that it fits precisely into the area where it will be installed because it will contribute to its proper hold. If it is too large, don’t worry—you can easily trim it as soon as you place it.
Your next steps should be to use a hammer and nail set to puncture the tack strip in a few places using pre-drilled holes. Doing so will make sure that the strip doesn’t crack while you drive in the nails. When you’ve completed the pre-drilling, you can start firmly securing the tack strip in position.
Firmly pound the nails into the tack strip with your hammer, taking care not to drive them to the point of no return. Aim to have them level with the strip, not buried beneath it. Once each nail is where you want it, use your hammer’s head to tap it firmly until it stands flush with the surface.
Now is the moment to put the tack strip on the concrete. Start off by putting the tack strip in position and positioning a few nails in the concrete. It is essential to use a nail intended for concrete since regular nails would not grip well in that stiff material. When a few nails are in place, you can start fixing the tack strip in with more nails as you move along.
Hammer the strips into the surface thoroughly until the entire tack strip lies in its designated spot. All nails that stick out should be patted flush with the surface, and to ensure a secure adhesion, wood glue or construction adhesive may be applied.
You have just taken the plunge into tack strip installation – on concrete, no less! All the hard work and deliberation have paid off, and you have now laid the groundwork for a securely fastened carpet or flooring. This little bit of extra attention will give you a sturdy platform to build upon.