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Old 05-02-2013, 03:57 AM   #21
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Where did you get that I had one and it got stolen!! Those things were originally for baseboards heaters if I don't recall.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:09 AM   #22
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For myself I have homemade verison and that work very well but one time one guy forgot to bring it back so I used a old nutdriver for that purpose seems work ok to me.

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When I needed one, I cut 8" off the end of a ground rod and drilled a dimple in the end. And yes, I did still use the rod....

That's a LOT easier than using screws
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That's a LOT easier than using screws
What screw has as much holding power in a 1/4" hole?
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Here is allowable loading info.


Tap-con:
http://www.oldredheadsite.com/tapcon_perf01.asp



Zamac:
http://www.powers.com/pdfs/mechanical/02826.pdf


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I hate those things. Aluminum ALEX anchors and number 10 screws for me! There are certain situations where zamacs are handy though.
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How about tapcons? The only people I see who use those damned beat off anchors are the elevator guys (and this is only because they don't know better).
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How about tapcons? The only people I see who use those damned beat off anchors are the elevator guys (and this is only because they don't know better).
I hate tapcons. I have had too many either break on the way in or strip out.

They may be great with green concrete but they suck with old concrete or red brick.
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They may be great with green concrete but they suck with old concrete or red brick.
I can definitely agree with this.

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Where did you get that I had one and it got stolen!! Those things were originally for baseboards heaters if I don't recall.
yup I have one too, it was for baseboard heaters, but setting anchors is the second best use for it. Cadet makes them, but you can get them at the big box stores:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/F-Series-...0#.UYPtK7X-HwA
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Thanks so much man!!!!!

I was gonna have to settle for this!!!!
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Thanks so much man!!!!!

I was gonna have to settle for this!!!!
That looks like something my wife uses on her way to work.
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I hate tapcons. I have had too many either break on the way in or strip out.

They may be great with green concrete but they suck with old concrete or red brick.
Tapcons suck pretty hard in a lot of block too. They are pretty much a 1 trick pony, new, quality concrete. Pins are more versatile, especially in service work. I carry pins, drop ins, wedges, and sleeve anchors normally, I carry a few tapcons and plastics but rarely use them.
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Tapcons suck pretty hard in a lot of block too. They are pretty much a 1 trick pony, new, quality concrete. Pins are more versatile, especially in service work. I carry pins, drop ins, wedges, and sleeve anchors normally, I carry a few tapcons and plastics but rarely use them.
Same here, I could find a handful of tapcons in the truck along with other options.

About the only difference is I do also use a lot of plastic anchors for 1/2 & 3/4 EMT work.
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I used to use a lot of plastics but I've moved to 1" long pins mainly so I could use 1/4" sds bits instead of the cheapie bits that come in anchor kits.
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I used to use a lot of plastics but I've moved to 1" long pins mainly so I could use 1/4" sds bits instead of the cheapie bits that come in anchor kits.


I use a 1/4" SDS, I toss the cheepie away.
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We get kits that have like a 9/32 bit.
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We get kits that have like a 9/32 bit.
Freaky.

I can pretty much get by with 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 & 5/8'
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I'm not knocking them, but I have never, ever used a plastic anchor. I don't know why. I go right by them in the anchor aisle but never pick them.
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I'm not knocking them, but I have never, ever used a plastic anchor. I don't know why. I go right by them in the anchor aisle but never pick them.

I've used enough for both of us.

For me, it is often handy to be able to remove or loosen screws to get stuff level and lined up. Also, sometimes you need to hang something, get a conduit measurement and then remove it.

And then there is the "oh ****" moment when you realize something in in the wrong place.
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