All About Masonry Anchors

by Greg on January 20, 2015

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Accessories have been needed for concrete since the beginning of civilisation. They add security and safety to our homes today, just as much as they did do hundreds of years ago. At the turn of the 20th century, the carpenter, builder or homeowner were certainly not spoilt for choice when it came to masonry anchors. There was one common solutions and this was a hardened nail (or occasionally a wood plug) with a screw in the center. Now, if truth be told, we have more solutions than we could possible need.

Masonry anchors provide an undisputed holding power in the most simplest of fashions. They have evolved over the years, and are no longer limited to the tough materials of zinc or lead. In times gone by anything which required fastening to concrete had to involve major labour, but now with the advances in design and materials, installing masonry anchors doesn’t need to be so difficult – and with the right tools to hand and our guide, it couldn’t be simpler.

How masonry anchors work

There are three basic kinds of masonry anchors and these are:

  • Chemical
  • Power Actuated
  • Mechanical

The most popular kind of masonry anchors are those within the mechanical category, however they all work in similar ways – either by expanding once inside the inlet which produces a gripping mechanism, or by producing friction against the side of the hole. The better quality of concrete you have, the better holding power the masonry anchor will possess. For example, if the concrete is crumbly and old then the holding power of the anchor will be reduced.

Masonry anchors are needed to join woods or metals to concrete and are available to buy for light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty forms. They come in many different sizes, as well as a range of materials such as stainless steel, plastic and galvanised, to name a few.

It will depend on what your purpose is, as to what kind of masonry anchor will be the most appropriate. Some are ideal for exterior work such as fencing, patios, and outdoor buildings whereas others that are more light duty are the ideal solution for many interior DIY projects. Of course finding a good supplier for your masonry anchors is important, as whether you’re completing a bit of DIY or a large building project you don’t want to pay over the odds for them, and you certainly need to make sure they’re of good quality too. It’s a good idea to buy online, as you can save a lot of money compared to going to a DIY store in person, as you’re taking advantage of the lower overheads an online store has.

What you need

As well as your masonry anchors, you also need other tools to guarantee a high quality job. The best way to drill a hole into concrete, mortar and brick or a concrete block is to use a hammer drill. You should look at this tool as an investment purchase, cheaper or small hammer drills tend not to be economically wise and can soon burn out. The hammer drill combines the two most vital tools for masonry work – the hammer and the drill, which is both cost effective and also saves room in your tool box. In addition to this you will also need the correct masonry drill bits, a steel measuring tape and a screwdriver.

You can purchase all of your tools and materials needed for your building, joinery, carpentry or DIY purposes from with safe online payments, simple transactions and in some cases, free delivery too.

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