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Tapcon Concrete Anchor

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Tapcon Concrete Anchor

If you do not know what to do when it comes to making something secure in cement then the best thing to do is to mount it on top of the cement. I have found this to be a lot easier than drilling a hole and having to fill it up with cement. These Tapcon’s … see full wiki

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Tapcon Concrete Anchor

  • Jul 26, 2011
If you do not know what to do when it comes to making something secure in cement then the best thing to do is to mount it on top of the cement. I have found this to be a lot easier than drilling a hole and having to fill it up with cement. These Tapcon’s are the perfect thing, unless you want something to be more permanent. You can find these at any hardware or home improvement store in different lengths and thicknesses. The most important thing that you will need is a hammer drill and the Tapcon drill bit to make sure that the Tapcon will fit into the hole properly. These also come in different lengths, but you should make sure that the Tapcon protrudes into the cement at least 1-½” to work securely. If you do not secure your project properly, you could get an injury from one of these Tapcons not being long enough or seated enough to hold your project down. The other thing is that you have enough of these to hold your project down, more than one is usually needed to hold something securely in place. These also range from $3.00 for just a couple dozen, to $25.00 for a couple hundred.

These are usually coated with a corrosion resistant blue Climaseal coating and have what appears to be a double thread to allow you pull the screw all the way down. The tip of the Tapcon is real pointy and will help to move the cement dust out of the way to help in seating the screw head down all the way. The are basically for a fast install of any job, but for the most part you can use these on block walls and cement projects. The ones that I used were ¼” th x 1-¾” in length. When you purchase a box of 100, you will usually get a Tapcon drill bit included inside of the box. You will not have to worry about having the proper size drill bit. The head of these Tapcons are to be used with a #3 Phillips bit. These are only to be used on cement block or cement projects. You can also use these on pressure treated lumber, such as decks.

These are the simplest type of anchor that you ever want to use, with just a simple hole drilled by a hammer drill, you can use a #3 Phillips bit to drive the project home. If you were to use the #2 (or P2), this bit would just do a lot of slipping after you get down so far. When this happens then you will have to replace the Tapcon because the head would become stripped. You will go through twice as many Tapcons than what you need to use. I did notice that you do have to drill the hole a little bit more than ¼” deeper than what it says on the package. This will help make room for the cement dust to go to. Otherwise, it would become so packed with cement dust that you will not be able to tighten the Tapcon all the way down.

I have been using these for over 20 years on all types of projects. These projects included installing handrails and mounting of deck brackets to the side of the house to hold posts up. I have also used these to install 2 x 4’s for walls when remodeling a basement. To save yourself some time you might think about getting an installation tool. This is a metal hollow tool that fits over the Tapcon drill bit, and you put the new Tapcon in the open end and it will hold the screw in place while you drive it home. This is called a “slide Condrive Installation tool”. These anchors are made in such a way that you have to have a hammer drill to install them. If you tried to use a regular electric or cordless drill, you will probably end up burning the end of the drill bit and dull the crap out and essentially ruining the you cement drill bit.

The problem that most people have when installing these, is the fact that they will try and use a regular drill and bit to pre-drill the hole. This will not only get you nowhere, but you will ruin your tools and the life span may only be a few minutes. The right tools are very important when you are trying to do a good job. If you do not get the cement dust out of the hole you will not able to get the Tapcon to seat and tighten the item to the cement. If you use the insert type of anchors, there is a possible chance that when you tighten up on them they will pull themselves out of there hole. By using this type of anchor system, you will have no problem with these staying put. These are removable and can be reinstalled with ease. The ones with the plastic sleeve that holds them in place usually are only good if you do not plan on ever taking them out. The plastic insert will become distorted and torn apart if you try and remove the screw.

This is the way to go if you want to have the job done right and secure. These are good for anchoring and hinging stuff. They are also removable and will not let go of your project unless you want them to. I have even tried to use these on drywall, but that was not a good idea. All it did was put another hole in the wall that needs repairing. Keep these away from any real soft material and you should be okay.
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