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What Are Wedge Anchors?

Wedge anchors are one of the most effective and efficient fastening solutions for heavy-duty concrete applications. These powerful anchors consist of a wedge anchor bolt, a washer, and a nut. Thanks to their robust holding power and straightforward installation process, wedge anchors are popular for both commercial construction applications and DIY jobs. This guide will help you understand the tools required for wedge anchor installation, along with a step-by-step guide for installing wedge anchors in concrete surfaces.

What Applications Require Wedge Anchors?

Wedge anchors offer several advantages that make them popular for concrete applications. They provide high holding power, ideal for heavy-duty applications. With the right tools, wedge anchors are also relatively easy to install, allowing for an efficient installation process without sacrificing strength or quality. When correctly installed, wedge anchors are long-lasting and provide enduring stability in your projects.

How to Use Wedge Anchors: Tools & Materials You'll Need

Before you install wedge anchors, you'll need a few tools:
  • Wedge anchors (ensure they are the correct size and type for your application)
  • A hammer drill with the appropriate masonry drill bit
  • A wrench or socket set
  • A hammer
  • Safety gear (safety glasses, hearing protection, & gloves are recommended)

5 Steps for Concrete Wedge Anchor Installation



Step 1: Mark Your Wedge Anchor Installation Locations

Identify and mark the locations where you will be installing the wedge anchors. Ensure the concrete surface where you intend to install the wedge anchors is safe and can support the objects you plan to fasten.

Step 2: Select the Correct Drill Bit Size for Your Hammer Drill

Make sure you've selected the proper hammer drill and masonry bit for your wedge anchor. The bit should be the same diameter as the wedge anchor being installed.

Step 3: Drill the Holes for the Wedge Anchors

Using the hammer drill and bit, drill holes into the concrete at marked locations. Make sure the depth of the hole is about a 1/2" deeper than the length of the wedge anchor you're using. After drilling, use a vacuum or brush to remove dust and debris from the holes.

Step 4: Insert & Set the Wedge Anchor with a Hammer

Insert the wedge anchor into the drilled hole. Tap it lightly with a hammer to set it firmly into the hole. Wedge anchors feature a bullnose on the top of the bolt so the threads are not damaged while you hammer the wedge anchor into the hole.

Step 5: Tighten the Nut

Thread the nut and washer onto the exposed threaded end of the wedge anchor. Use a wrench or socket set to tighten the nut until it's snug. Be careful not to over-tighten, as this could damage the anchor or the concrete (check the manufacturer's manual for exact torque measurements).

Fastco Is Your Source for Heavy Duty Wedge Anchors

At Fastco, we distribute heavy-duty wedge anchors and other anchoring fasteners at wholesale prices. Contact us to learn how we can supply all your wedge anchor product needs. For pricing information on special orders of wedge anchors, request a quote online. Fastco is your trusted supplier for wedge anchors and other wholesale fastening products for industrial and commercial applications.

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