Purchase Tapcon Anchors
Tapcon anchors are the original concrete screw and are made in the United States of America. These anchors are screws with special threads that allow them to tap threads into hard base materials such as concrete, brick, and block. The advanced threadform technology allows the tapcon anchor to be installed easier by requiring less torque.
The tapcon anchor can be used for fastening items to concrete, brick or block. They are approved for use with treated lumber.
Advanced Threadform Technology
The design of the threads cuts and removes the base material, allowing for 30% less required torque and increasing the holding values by 20%.
Choosing a Tapcon Anchor
There are four different choices to make when determining the tapcon anchor to use for any particular application.
Blue Climaseal® Tapcon Anchors
The standard tapcon anchor comes coated with an application of Climaseal® coating that provides a protection against rust. The Climaseal® coating for the standard tapcon anchor is colored blue, giving the tapcon anchor its nickname of “the blue screw”.
Stainless Steel Tapcon Anchors:
Tapcon anchors are available in a 410 stainless steel that is coated with a silver Climaseal® coating for extra corrosion resistance. The stainless steel tapcon anchors are superior in corrosion resistance over the standard blue tapcon anchors. They can be used in outdoor applications such as screened-in porches, pool enclosures, and railings.
Bits for Tapcon Anchors
Both diameters of tapcon anchors require a different diameter of the bit to be used for drilling the hole. The hole size is critical to provide the tapcon anchor with maximum holding values. Tapcon drill bits have a carbide tip and meet ANSI standards. A 5/32” diameter tapcon bit is used for installing the 3/16” diameter tapcon anchor, and a 3/16” diameter tapcon bit is used for installing the 1/4” diameter tapcon. The tapcon bit can be purchased separately and also comes packaged in each box of 100 screws.
Tapcon Installation Kit
Tapcon installation kit or “Condrive” is an installation kit that provides fast, easy and accurate installation of the tapcon anchor. The installation kit is designed for use with a hammer drill and eliminates the need for two drills. It installs both the 3/16” diameter and 1/4” diameter and the hex or flat headed tapcon anchors.
Installing Tapcon Anchors
As with any anchoring project, it is important to keep safety in mind and follow instructions carefully. Always remember to wear safety goggles, handle all tools with extra care and follow all technical specifications. This article is meant to serve only as a basic explanation of concrete fasteners. Always refer to manufacturer's instructions or consult a contracting expert during any anchoring project.