When many homeowners purchase their homes, they aren’t just buying the house as it looks on the day they close on their purchase. They are purchasing the home that they dream they can create in their house. From updating kitchens and installing new floors to finishing basements, one home can house a lot of dreams!
Finishing the basement is a great DIY project. It’s a project that even first-time homeowners can undertake, and with some instruction and the right materials, they can learn as they go and create a wonderful space for their family.
If you’re looking to finish your basement, you may wish to start by creating multiple rooms within the space, or installing drywall. For these tasks and more, you’ll need to install 2 by 4’s into the concrete of your basement floor. And for that task, a wedge anchor may be the fastener to use.
A wedge anchor is a mechanical type expansion anchor that consists of four parts: the threaded anchor body, the expansion clip, a nut, and a washer. It is designed for use in solid concrete only. These anchors provide the highest and most consistent holding values of any mechanical type expansion anchor.
Installing an anchor into concrete can be accomplished by following the directions below.
1. Assemble the right tools
2. Determine the sizes
3. Drill the hole
Wedge Anchor Diameter
Minimum Embedment Depth
4. Check the depth
5. Clean the hole
6. Install the wedge
Through Fixture - If the anchor is going to be installed while the fixture is in place, make sure that the hole in the fixture is slightly larger than the designated diameter of the anchor (see chart below). Insert the anchor, clipped end first, through the hole in the fixture and into the in the concrete. With a hammer, strike the nutted end of the anchor until the washer and nut are tight against the surface of the concrete. Make sure that the anchor is embedded at least to the minimum embedment depth, (see chart above).
Wedge Anchor Diameter
Minimum Fixture Hole
Direct into Concrete - Insert the anchor directly into the predrilled hole in the concrete with the clipped end going first. Strike the nutted end of the anchor with a hammer until the anchor is embedded into the concrete the required distance, see minimum embedment chart above. Make sure that a minimum of three to five threads are below the surface of the concrete and there are enough threads above the surface to accommodate the thickness of the material being fastened and space for the nut and washer.
To set the anchor in the concrete, turn the nut clockwise with your fingers until tight. Then use a wrench to turn the nut clockwise three to five full turns, or until the specified torque value is reached for the diameter of the anchor being installed. Over torquing the anchor may cause the anchor to spin in the hole and the holding values will be compromised.