How To Make The Most Of Your Headed Stud Anchor Bolts

If you are like most contractors, you only really use your headed stud anchor bolts for bolting steel beams together. However, these bolts can do so much more than that, especially since you are able to remove them with a pneumatic-torque socket wrench (unless you stud-weld them in, but that's another story). Here is how to get the most of this kind of anchor bolt so that you can capitalize on its strength as well as its functionality.

Bolt Through Continuous Insulation and Thick Boards

Never mind the fact that these are commonly used with steel beams. You can use them in just about any area where you need to secure something thick or something heavy to something equally thick and/or heavy. One such example is roofing. Here, where you have thick lumber creating trusses, to which you add particle board, continuous insulation and even another thick layer of boards before covering the roof in shingle, these bolts will shoot through these thicknesses, securing all of them to each other to prevent shifting and sliding. Even if you have one less layer on the roof, these bolts can still anchor the rest of the layers to the trusses and hold them tight.

Hold Drywall in Place

The flat heads on these stud anchor bolts allow you to use them on more fragile building materials as well. While not traditionally used with drywall, you could use them this way if you have some unusual materials just behind the drywall sheets. A little extra plastering over the tops of the flat heads and nobody can really tell what type of bolt you used. Better still, a couple of these bolts can hold drywall in place while you secure it with more traditional fasteners, and then the bolts can stay so that the drywall is not cracked or broken when you attempt to remove these anchor bolts.

Bolt Wood over Stone

If you have a client who wants to alter the look of a brick house or change the look of a river stone fireplace without removing the bricks or stones, then these headed stud anchor bolts are just the thing. They can push through the wood paneling or boards and can be power-driven into the rock face behind. The screw threads drive right into the rock or brick, making it impossible to remove the wood paneling or boards once they have been installed. None of the wood can fall down or fall off, and when it is bolted to the stone or brick, it acts as a barrier for the these rock faces, holding the stone or brick in place as well. Contact a company like Northland Fastening Systems to learn more.