Tips On How To Use Wedge Anchors Effectively

When dealing with concrete, one has to ensure that the wedge anchor installation is safe and secure. There are myriads of technical specifications and factors to consider in the process. 

They may not look that important in and of themselves but in reality durability of a structure depends on them. 

Sothe bottom line is if you obtain wedge anchors from BACO and install them correctly, the integrity of your structure is all the moreassured. Below are things to consider before using a wedge anchor for anyproject.

Technical specifications to consider when choosing wedge anchors include the length,diameter, thread lengths, and material type. The material is also essential andranges from hot-dipped galvanized, zinc plated carbon steel, and stainlesssteel, and they all have specific advantages. 

•    The Length Of The Wedge Anchor

First, know that the wedge anchor should be used for construction projects that involve solid concrete only. Knowing the appropriate length of the anchor before use is also essential. 

To do this, consider the thickness of the concrete to be fastened, minimum embedment, plus the thickness of both the washer and nut. If you put everything together, you will have the minimum length of the wedge anchor.

So, what should the hole depth of material be? It should be the length of the wedge anchor you plan to use, minus the thickness of the material you want to fasten it into. 

•    Spacing

If you are using wedge anchors as fasteners, then spacing is one thing you should never take for granted. It can determine the durability of the structure you are building. 

The wedge anchor has forces when installed and it transfers these forces into the base material after installation. 

Each anchor has its own force, which helps to keep the structure in place. So, if you install anchors too close together, then it might lead to force interaction which will reduce their holding power. 

•    The Condition Of The Environment

Usually, before an anchor is used, a practiced installer has to inspect the installation environment to look for factors that will affect the structure. This can include moisture levels, temperature ranges, and common weather patterns. The entire process might take just a few minutes, but benefits are enormous. 

This analysis will enable you to choose anchors that suit the condition of the environment. Longevity and rust prevention are two of the benefits. 

For example, if you are dealing with a wet environment, you’ll want to identify the type of anchor that will be more suitable.  

Environmental factors will determine if you need the added corrosion resistance of hot-dipped galvanized, zinc plated carbon steel, or stainless steel. This is one important thing you need to figure out when choosing your anchor. 

Conclusion

A lack of knowledge combined with rush decisions leads to waste. Even if you hire a practiced installer to help out with the installation of your anchor, you might be in a situation where your knowledge of the wedge anchor will ultimately determine the success of a structure. 

The above tips might be technical but the extra consideration will go a long way.