Alternative to anchor bolts
Titen HD screw anchor by Simpson Strong-Tie
• Manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie
• 800-999-5099; www.strongtie.com
• Cost per 1.2-in. by 6-in. screw anchor: about $1.50
I recently told my foundation contractor not to bother installing anchor bolts during the concrete pour because I planned to secure the mudsills with Titen HD screw anchors. I had to repeat myself a few times, but I could tell that comprehension finally sank in when a big smile spread across his face.
The Titen HD has the engineering and code documentation that allows it to be used for fastening mudsills and wall plates to foundations and slabs. I first started using screw anchors to make up for missing anchor bolts where mudsills were seamed, but I liked them so much that I now use them instead of traditional J-bolts.
Using a rotary hammer, I can bore a hole in concrete in 15 to 20 seconds, and drive the anchors with an impact…