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Re: Wedge Anchors vs. Epoxy Rods

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You were right. Don't use wedge anchors for seismic, they are not
effective for cyclic loading.  Hilti has a good anchor called "HSL"
metric bolts that is applicable for seismic loadings and easy to
install  or keep on using epoxy bolts.  Your senior engineer must be an
old timer behind new technology.  For heavy duty stuff, there is an
undercut anchor called Maxi-bolts but they are difficult and expensive
to install.

My advice is do what you think is right.

Tom Chiu, SE
Thomas Engineering

> Paul McEntee wrote:
> Just wanted to take a quick survey, but I'll give you the background
> story of why first.  We were going over some in-house check items on a
> job I had designed and detailed, me, the senior engineer I work under
> and a senior engineer who is new with our company.  The new senior who
> was checking the job wanted to know why I wasn't using wedge anchors
> instead of the epoxy rods I had shown on a detail connecting an
> existing sill plate to an existing foundation.  At his old office,
> they used them all the time.  My answer was that we just don't *ever*
> use wedge anchors, it's an office standard to always use epoxy rods.
> So as I sat back and watched as two senior engineers almost came to
> blows (well, sort of) arguing the merrits of wedge anchors versus
> epoxy anchors, costs, benefits, ease of installation, whatever, I just
> got curious.  Is there anyone on the list using wedge anchors for
> seismic loads?
> All I know is that I don't use them because they are no good for
> tension applications, and the torque required to install them
> correctly will crush a wood sill plate.  Anyone have any good uses for
> these little beauties that contractors love?  How about horror
> stories?
> Hope to hear from you
> Paul McEntee