In our latest soundout episode our anchor expert Stevan discusses concrete screws, their uses, and why they are proving popular onsite.
What are concrete screws?
Concrete screws are a type of interlocking anchor, they rely on the undercut principle. The thread cuts into the substrate with its flutes and the resulting resistance created shows the anchors’ performance.
What are the two main factors to consider when purchasing concrete screws?
- Size of the pilot hole
- Maximum torque value – concrete screws should not be over torqued as this can undermine their performance.
What are the benefits of specifying concrete screws?
- Small drill diameter for fast installation
- Due to their low stresses, you can install them closer together and closer to edges
- Available in a multitude of different lengths, diameters, and head designs to suit.
- Easily driven with cordless drills or impact drivers using a 13mm socket
Why would you select a concrete screw over a deformation-controlled anchor (drop-in anchor)?
One key reason why you may select a concrete screw over a deformation-controlled anchor is due to the speed of installation required on-site.
Where you would normally use a deformation-controlled anchor (otherwise known as a ‘drop-in’ anchor, an M10 x 30 would require a 12mm diameter hole to be drilled into the substrate, whereas the equivalent concrete screw just requires a 6mm pilot hole to be drilled resulting in a faster installation.
Installing an anchor in compliance with BS 8539
BS 8539 is clear; ‘installers must be trained on the anchor installation, they must be supervised and upon completion the installation should be certified by the contractor’s supervisor’
If however, an ETA anchor has been used and installed and supervised by a competent individual then testing is not required.
Why is it imperative to use the correct tool for installation anchors?
It is critical when installing anchors that holes are drilled to the correct diameter and depth. Using a worn drill bit results in undersized holes, making installation difficult and increasing stresses in the anchor material potentially leading to a failure – inspect drill bits frequently and replace when worn.
Removing dust from the holes is also important to prevent the anchor from bottoming on the compacted dust.
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Watch our expert Stevan demonstrate the correct way to install concrete screws.
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