How to Make a Wedge to Tighten Sleeve Anchors into Concrete How to Make a Wedge to Tighten Sleeve Anchors into Concrete
Sleeve anchors are used to secure heavy weighted items in to concrete. Depending on the item you are installing, most sleeve anchors can support up to 200 pounds. This makes it a good choice for grab bars in bathrooms and rails for walkways.
Step 1 - Drill a Pilot Hole
Any time you are working with concrete, it's a good idea to drill a pilot hole. The hole should be just slightly smaller than the screw you are going to use. This will allow you to place the fasteners in correctly without putting too much pressure on the screw itself, and it will give you a more secure placement.
Step 2 - Place the Wedge Anchor in The Sleeve
You can place the wedge in the sleeve at this point. Most often these will come already put together. This whole unit is used as the screw, and you will thread it through the item you are attaching.
Step 3 - Secure It
Use the drill on a low setting to secure the anchor in place. Test the connection to ensure it is tight. Once this is done, you can finish the job you are working on or move to the next anchor.