Fastening to Concrete in Retail Spaces
Money, time and materials are critical assets to protect in a busy retail space location. While routine maintenance care is expected, unexpected repairs can wreak havoc on productivity. Correctly fastening items to concrete the first time using effective types and styles of concrete anchors can help to eliminate wasted resources.
Vibratory or Shock Loading Applications (such as a dock bumper at the loading dock)
- Epoxy type concrete fasteners should be used
Static Loading Applications (item is stationary, such as a shelf or racking unit)
- Expansion type anchors are most commonly used; wedge anchors, sleeve anchors or tapcons
Dry Environment: zinc plated concrete anchors provide enough rust resistant protection and work well
Moist Environment: hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel provide excellent rust resistance where moisture may be present
Wet Environment: stainless steel should be used to provide adequate rust resistance when the anchor will be submerged in water
Caustic Environment: salt water, chlorine or other cleaning chemicals require the use of 316 stainless steel in order to provide the best available rust resistance
Concrete anchor size can be determined by several factors:
Fixture Hole Size: Use the diameter of the hole in the fixture to determine the size of the concrete anchor to be installed; if the hole is 1/4" then a 1/4" anchor is used for installation
Drawing/Design: Use the diameter specified in any drawing or design
Engineer: Use the recommendations specified by the engineer or another professional for a specific diameter, length or type of anchor
Length: Calculate the length of concrete anchors needed by adding the minimum embedment for the diameter of anchor being installed, plus the thickness of the material being installed, plus space for the nut and washer (which is approximately equal to the diameter of the anchor being installed)
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