An alternative method of attaching steel metal decks onto open web bar joist or structural steel beams. Erectors require a fast, reliable, efficient fastening method that can be used independent of weather conditions, and is easy, cost effective and verifiable. Attachment of the deck panels has historically been performed using puddle welding, with self-drilling screws used only when necessary. Today, special nails, driven either by powder propellant (powder actuated tools) or by compressed air (pneumatic tools), are experiencing ever-increasing usage due to the speed, versatility and cost-effectiveness benefits derived by the installer and owner.
Fact Sheet ID Number
steel decking, mechanical fastener, powder actuated tool, pneumatic tool, steel attachment, construction
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Attachment of Steel Decking using Mechanical Fasteners and Powder Actuated or Pneumatic Tools" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 92.