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RE: Good way to attach wood to steel tube

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Subject: RE: Good way to attach wood to steel tube
From: "Randall" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2006 12:30:09 -0800
> I have a quantity of 1 x 3 x 24 steel tube left over from a project. I
> was kicking around the idea of using it for roofing rafters to make a 3
> sided shed addition to the back of a barn to store tractors and such in. The
> part that has me stumped is figuring out a way to attach the wood roof
> decking to the steel rafters. The only way I could come up with is using
> self tapping screws but the thought of drilling a large quantity of holes in
> the steel to run the screws in has me less than excited. Anybody have any
> ideas?

They sell "self-drilling" sheet metal screws that have a tiny drill bit on the
end, designed for use with steel framing members.

Or there's always construction adhesive.


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