What are Tapcon screws used for?
The standard blue Climaseal® Tapcon® screw are a light duty masonry anchor primarily used in dry indoor applications for attaching items to concrete, brick or block. They can be used in applications ranging from attaching 2×4 lumber to concrete, a light fixture to brick, or furring strips to a block wall.
Do I need a hammer drill for Tapcon screws?
Before a Tapcon masonry screw can be installed, a hole must be drilled into the masonry. Use a hammer drill to ensure that the hole has the proper tolerance. The hammer motion breaks up the masonry material and the rotation removes the dust from the hole.
Are Tapcon screws any good?
They are also a very unique (and of course proprietary) product that allows for extremely fast and reliable anchoring of materials to masonry products. If you drill the hole correctly – deep enough and with the correct diameter bit – these fasteners will simply work every time.
Why are Tapcon screws blue?
Tapcon’s unmatched performance in concrete, block and brick applications make them an excellent alternative to expansion anchors, plugs and lag shields. Blue corrosion resistant coating enables them to withstand the harshest conditions.
Can you use a regular drill for Tapcon?
The hole must be drilled using a hammer drill with a carbide tipped bit meeting ANSI standards. A bit that meets ANSI standards will ensure that the hole diameter will meet the requirements of the Tapcon®.
Do you have to use Tapcon drill bit?
Standards. Any carbide tipped masonry bit that is manufactured to meet ANSI standard B212-15-1994 can be used for drilling holes in masonry that Tapcon masonry anchors are installed in. If the installation toolkit is being used then the special Tapcon bit must be used.
Why do Tapcons break?
The depth of the hole for a Tapcon® should be a minimum of 1/2″ deeper into the base material than the screw will penetrate. If the Tapcon® screw bottoms out in the hole before it is fully inserted and too much torque is applied, the Tapcon® may break or shear off.
How much weight will a Tapcon hold?
*A safety factor of 4:1 or 25% of ultimate pullout/shear value is generally accepted as a safe working load. 340 lbs.
How do I stop my Tapcons from breaking?
The correct setting for driving a tapcon concrete screw without breaking or shearing off is determined by using the lightest setting and then moving up until the tapcon concrete screw is set tight against the fixture being fastened. It is very important that the tapcon is not over torqued.
Who owns Tapcon?
RED HEAD® > Products > Screw Anchors > Tapcon.
What is the best screw for concrete?
The 3/16-in. diameter screws are plenty strong for most home tasks like installing furring strips, screwing down walls to concrete floors, and attaching hardware to block or brick. And since they’re a little cheaper and the smaller hole is easier to drill, the 3/16-in. size is usually the better choice.
Will Tapcon screws work in cinder block?
Insert the anchor into the pre-drilled pilot hole in the cinder block and expand as needed. Concrete screws and tapcon need a hole to be drilled in the masonry that is smaller than the designated diameter. All masonry screws’ packaging will show the best size of drilled hole to use.
Are Blue Tapcons stainless steel?
Blue Climaseal™ 410 Stainless Steel Brick, Block, Concrete and Masonry Anchor.
How do you attach wood to concrete without drilling?
Attaching wood with epoxy A common way to secure wooden items to concrete without drill is by using epoxy glue systems. This glue is specifically manufactured for these problems. Before opting for this method, you need to thoroughly clean off and dry the wood for them to bond correctly.
How far apart should Tapcon screws be placed?
First, the minimum recommended distance between any two anchors is 10x the anchor diameter (2 1/2 inches for 1/4 inch anchors), at the risk of weakening the holding strength of each.
What size do Tapcons come in?
The stainless steel Tapcon comes in a 3/16” diameter in the flat countersunk head and in a 1/4” diameter with the hex washer head and the flat Phillips countersunk. Length – Both the 3/16” and the 1/4” Tapcon are available in the same lengths, with the 1/4” also available in lengths of 5” and 6”.
Why are my Tapcons not working?
When A Tapcon Won’t Go All The Way In Typically what happens is that as you drive the Tapcon in some of the residual concrete dust is left in the whole from drilling. This dust compacts at the bottom of the hole not allowing for the Tapcon to be driven in fully. Clean out the hole before driving the Tapcon in.
Do you need an impact driver for concrete screws?
You can use hammer drills to drive bolts into concrete, brick, masonry, or heavy metal. Like the cordless drill, an impact driver uses rotational force to drive a screw and saves its bursts of quick power when it feels resistance. You would use an impact driver for long screws or large fasteners when working with wood.
Can you use a hammer drill to drive screws?
Small hammer drills can be used to drive screws (some consumer-grade models incorporate a clutch), but many are too large and powerful. Impact drivers are the perfect tool for heavy-duty driving, but most aren’t intended for delicate, precision work.