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Old 09-28-13, 08:31 PM
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I am putting up a hand rail for my neighbor & when i purchased the masonary screws the home depot sales person told me to try the Tapcon screws to hold plate in the brick & cement slab and pick out exactly what he said i needed.
He gave me 1/4" x 1 1/4" screws & told me i needed a 1/4" masonary drill bit which he got for me & not thinking i came home went over to neighbors & drilled the 1/4" holes & all the rest is history holes should have been drilled with 3/16" diameter bit & i can't find a 5/16" screw so how do i fix this.The next size they have is 1/2" & this is not recomended for brick.Thanks for your help
 
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Old 09-28-13, 09:34 PM
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Too bad. They do make LDT (large diameter tapcons) but I dunno if HD has them. I'd say that you should forget that type of anchor and instead go with a sleeve anchor (Trubolt or Dynabolt) that will require an even larger hole (3/8" or 1/2"). It will be a MUCH stronger fastener for that sort of application.
 
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Thanks for the advice & i will do as you suggested.
 
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Old 09-29-13, 06:14 AM
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I suggest you go with Fastplug cement. And mechanical fastening will work itself loose as time and use go on.
 
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Can you tell me what you mean by mechanical fastening.
 
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Old 09-29-13, 04:57 PM
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You said your using "type of anchor and instead go with a sleeve anchor (Trubolt or Dynabolt). I'm saying make the hole a bit bigger and cement it in with Fast Plug. It won't move.

 
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