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Sometimes, customers just seem to want to be difficult. For example, have you ever dealt with someone who just could not be happy with vinyl snap-in reducer, or who insisted on a flat bar, even though the floor was concrete?

To solve that pesky little problem, I developed a technique that works great for nailing binder, or flat, bar to concrete floors. You will need a hammer drill; 1/8-inch masonry bit; binder bar; nails, of course; and round toothpicks.

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First, cut the bar to fit, then put it in place. Using the hammer drill and the 1/8-inch masonry bit, adjusted to the length of the drive nails(photo 1), drill through the nail holes, taking care not to come in contact with the metal and scar it(photo 2).

Remove the metal, and finish drilling the holes to the depth needed to accommodate the drive nails (usually 1¼ to1½ inches). Position two round toothpicks together and, using a hammer, tap them all the way into the hole (photo 3). There will be approximately one inch of excess toothpick remaining; just snap it off even with the floor. Replace the metal and secure it tightly with drive nails(photo 4) or properly colored screws.

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This technique also works great if you have a bad slab edge that breaks off when you try to nail into it. Follow the same steps as you would with the metal, but just drill through the tackless. Tap in the toothpicks and use 1¼-inch blue lathe nails.

Let me leave you with a quick tip: If you run out of silver nails, just sand off the tips of the gold ones. They’re silver under the gold finish.