5 Epoxy Anchoring Mistakes

Construction timelines can be delayed greatly due to anchoring problems. With wood frame designs, contractors are not happy with the cost and the amount of time it takes to install embed plate and cast-in-place anchoring solution. It is very frustrating and adds a great deal of time to complete the job properly using these methods.

Framers and general contractors have overcome these problems by drilling and then using epoxy to save time on projects and alleviate the anchor issues. The installing crews have found that it is easier, quicker and cheaper to use an epoxy floor mixture. It has become a popular way of anchoring wood designs.

The major question has been, is it equivalent in strength and a practical substitute? Most of the time the answer is yes, but the epoxy anchors can quickly weaken because of installation variables. If not treated and installed properly, the epoxy will not maintain the load value and confirm the structural reliability of the anchor.

Size and Drill Depth Need to be Correct

All anchors have a required size and depth. The anchor rod is threaded and it provides the proper load strength that is in the concrete foundation. Some installers do not drill deep enough to precisely measure the depth of the hole. The anchor can only maintain its true value when the hole is properly measured and drilled. It is the first step in assuring that the anchor will be safe and the structure endures.

Cleaning Not Done Properly

The threaded rod anchor can be clogged with small pieces of trash or concrete dust. Unwanted dust and other particles can easily be mixed into the epoxy floor mixture which would, in turn, lessen the composition of the epoxy. The epoxy would then be weaker and the structure would be unsafe. It is extremely important that every hole be properly cleaned with compressed air, brushed, use a hand pump or even a dust blower, before installing any anchors.

Water in the Hole

Many times a job site will have standing water on the site. Drilled holes can fill up fast either from rain or from a clean-up crew. The concrete holes need to be dried before any epoxy installation is done. The water can be removed by using compressed air or a vacuum.

Too Cold Outside

The curing and proper mixing of epoxy garage floor covering in Wayne, PA can be affected by cold temperatures outside. Epoxy cannot be left outside in the cold. It makes it too cold to be installed. Installers will usually leave the epoxy inside the job or in the site trailer to keep it at the proper temperature.

Improper Curing Times

It takes between 4 and 48 hours for adhesive to cure properly. Until it is fully cured the hole should not be torqued, disturbed or the anchor loaded. Installers may assume curing times, but it is important to check the manufactures curing times and plan for the proper timeline.

Common mistakes make it harder for the epoxy floor anchoring to have its proper strength. Without the proper strength, the anchoring could impede the integrity of the structure.