Brick anchors are an important part of any masonry work as they allow you to attach items to your brick walls securely. There are several types of anchors available and the appropriate one must be chosen for the job to ensure the safety and security of whatever is attached. Additionally, the installation of the anchors must be done correctly for them to work properly. By following the steps below you can easily attach brick anchors in your masonry work.
Before installing the anchors you must decide what type to use. Male anchors are considered more permanent, as whatever is attached to them cannot be removed and reinstalled. On the other hand, female anchors are designed to be used in situations where the objects attached can be easily removed and replaced. Additionally you must take into account the forces that the anchors will be subjected to. For example, in most cases one force will be pulling the anchor downward while the other will be trying to pull it out of the wall. Make sure that the anchor you choose can handle forces higher than the ones you plan to exert on it.
The type of brick used also matters when installing brick anchors. When attaching anchors to hard bricks, use anchors with a low impact or low torque rating. Sleeve or machine screw anchors are recommended for soft bricks. For the installation itself, you should use a hammer drill with a carbide-tipped drill bit. This will remain sharper and create a cleaner hole. Additionally, make sure the drill bit is slightly smaller in diameter than the anchors as to not create a hole too large. Place a piece of masking tape on the drill bit to mark the length of the anchors, allowing you to stop drilling at the right depth. To ensure further protection, wear safety goggles for the drilling process.
Once you have drilled the holes for the anchors, you should use canned air or compressed air to clear out the debris from the holes. This will prevent the anchor from getting clogged and make sure it sits properly. Squirt a tiny bit of epoxy glue or stone adhesive into each hole before attaching the anchor. This will also help make sure the anchor remains securely set in place. Simply tap the anchor in with a hammer until it is flush with the brickwork.
Finally, leave the brick anchors for 24 hours to let the epoxy dry before placing any item onto the anchors. This will ensure that the anchors are properly secured and able to support whatever is attached to your brickwork. By following these steps you can easily and securely install brick anchors in your masonry work.