How to Anchor a Carport

What You'll Need
Drill with masonry bit
Safety glasses
Tape measure
Socket set
Torque wrench
Concrete anchor bolts
Electrical tape

A carport is a temporary structure used to provide protection of your vehicle from the weather.  They are great for protecting your car from damaging weather conditions such as rain, wind and snow, and are much cheaper than having a permanent garage built. A wide range of affordable carports are available in different materials and they are relatively easy to be erected. Another great feature of carports is that they are expandable; you can increase the roof area as required. Some carports can be made in a way that makes them more like a garage, complete with a door. Carports are so handy and versatile that they can be used as tents when having a picnic or friends over. You don’t have to apply for planning consent when using a carport because they are considered as outbuildings. This article will teach you how to anchor your carport.

Step 1 – Measuring the Site for Anchoring

Mark the locations of the anchor holes and rails on the site you will be installing your carport on.
Using the tape measure, measure the length and height of the base rail of your carport and also measure the height of the depth gauge.  Take the electrical tape and wrap it around your masonry bit at the level of your depth gauge to ensure you drill the proper depth even if the depth gauge set on your drill moves from the vibration of the drill.

Step 2 – Drilling Holes for the Anchor Bolts

Put on the safety glasses and place the masonry bit into your drill. Check the instructions that came with your carport to determine the proper depth so you know how far you need to drill into the concrete. Set your drill to the required recommended depth given in the instructions. The depth of the holes depends on the nature of the soil or concrete you are drilling them in and your area’s weather conditions. Holding the base rail steady insert the masonry bit into one of the mounting holes and drill a hole until you reach the depth gauge or your electrical tape level. Blow air into the mounting hole to clear it from any debris.

Step 3 – Securing the Anchor Bolts

Install a nut and washer to the end of your anchor bolt keeping the nut even with the ends of the anchor bolt so as not to damage its threads. Slip the anchor bolt into the mounting hole on the base rail and through to the concrete hole you just drilled. Lightly tap the nut with the hammer to ease it into the concrete until it fits into the base of the hole. Using your torque wrench set to the required setting described in your carport’s instruction manual turn the nut clockwise until the wrench clicks. Turning the nut too much can result in damage to the concrete or anchor bolt so ensure you turn the wrench only till it clicks. Repeat this procedure until you have drilled and secured all the anchor bolts of your carport.

Your carport is now ready to protect your vehicle from rust and environmental damage, and to act as a tent if the need arises.