|What is your base material?
How heavy is the object to be fastened?
- Concrete - all the anchors on our site will work in concrete.
- Brick - all anchors except the wedge anchor and drop-in
anchor can be used in brick.
- Block - all anchors except the wedge anchor and drop-in
anchor can be used in block.
In what type of environment will the fasteners be used?
- Smaller, lighter weight objects can be fastened using 3/16” and 1/4" diameter fasteners.
- Medium weight items will require 3/8”, 1/2" or 5/8” diameter fasteners.
- Heavy objects call for the use of 5/8”, 3/4” or 1” diameter fasteners.
- Indoors - for indoor dry applications, standard zinc plated anchors usually offer sufficient rust resistance.
- Outdoors - zinc can be used, but will rust over time. Stainless steel and hot-dipped galvanized masonry fasteners will offer greater rust resistance. The wedge
anchor is available in hot-dipped Galvanized as well as stainless steel, and is very suitable for outdoor use.
- Around Chemicals - Stainless steel anchors offer the best protection against corrosion when being used around chemicals, such as salt water or chlorine around a pool. The wedge
anchor, sleeve anchor, and drop-in
anchor are available in stainless steel. The Tapcon® Screw is available in 410 series stainless.
| What style of anchor is required?
- Male Type Anchors - A stud-type anchor that is inserted directly into a predrilled hole in the concrete.. When dealing with male anchors, hole size is equal to anchor size (with the exception of the Tapcon® screw). No spotting of the hole is required, and oftentimes the hole can be drilled through the fixture and into the base material. No setting tools are required.
- Female Type Anchors - A female anchor is designed for a bolt to be inserted into them. The female anchor is placed in the concrete hole, and the bolt or screw is then inserted through the fixture into the female anchor. Female type anchors require the spotting of the hole. A setting tool is often required.
Use the tables below to choose the best anchor to use for your project.
Information is based on appropriateness for base material.
V = Very suitable M = May be suitable