How To Choose Brick Anchors
There are a few different options to consider when purchasing brick anchors. There are many ways you can use these in the home or business, and some of them have pros and cons. Anchors for brick should primarily be used for load-bearing walls. There are several factors to consider when buying an anchor for your brick walls. Choosing an anchor depends on the weight of the wall or if the wall is supported at all, and the amount of load that your anchor will be able to handle.
With brick, if the brick is weak or lacks structural anchors, you usually only have a couple of options. One is a heavy-duty sleeve anchor, and another is a double-expanding sleeve anchor. The latter will work loose even if there's any vibration, and the former is usually intended for load-bearing walls only. Double expansion anchors are usually the strongest and the most expensive, but they work best for load-bearing walls. It can be hard to tell the difference between these two types of anchors, especially if you don't have an expert look at the product.
When installing brick anchors, most builders use two anchors instead of one. Two heavy-duty anchors are placed at the bottom and top of the wall. The top anchor is used to hold the shingles above the surface, while the bottom anchor holds the mortar joints. Mortar joints are crucial because they seal the surface to prevent water from getting underneath it and damaging the surface.
Some people prefer to use masonry screws instead of concrete anchors. Concrete screws are long, slender pieces of metal that can be screwed into concrete masonry joints. Concrete screws are the traditional solution for installation, and many people still use them. However, concrete screws are not very strong, and using masonry nails for masonry walls (such as those used in house foundations) is a much better solution. Moreover, it cannot be easy to apply nails to a concrete wall surface, and the process is much more expensive.
To install brick anchors, you need two items: a hammer and a tape measure. Using a hammer, tap the brick wall surface directly on the surface, using the tape measure as a guide. The height should be taken into consideration. Usually, you'd want the bottom joint to be three times as high as the top joint; however, if you have limited space or your wall surface is unusually tall, this might not be enough space to install the anchors.
After the surface has been tapped, use the tape measure again to measure the height of the bottom joint. If the height is too high, use a stud finder to determine the exact height. This will save you some time since stud finders are not designed to work with masonry anchors. If the measurement is too low, on the other hand, double expansion anchors may be needed to support the weight of the concrete wall.
With these measurements in hand, head to your local hardware store. You'll likely see a large selection of concrete screws, counter boots, and other equipment specifically designed to work with brick masonry walls. Choose your equipment carefully since you don't want to make a mistake when installing. Also, choose a reliable supplier. Ensure your female concrete expansion anchors are of the best quality available and check how secure the screws are with the various anchors.
Once you've selected and purchased all of your equipment, you're ready for the installation process. You can either do it yourself or contact a professional crew to come in and do it for you. If you decide to tackle the project yourself, there are a few different ways to install your concrete sleeve anchors. The best type of sleeve anchor for brick masonry projects is a hex head fastening kit.