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Implementing innovative hardware solutions

Implementing innovative hardware solutions

Implementing innovative hardware solutions

Be it a conventional construction project or a new solution to an old problem, it is important to make sure that hardware is properly installed in order to make for a reliable project.

There are a variety of different structures that are composed of many of the same parts. Be it a building, bridge or other form of municipal infrastructure, while the designs may be different, they are often composed of similar materials.

This includes both galvanized bolts and masonry anchors. These pieces of hardware are essential for a variety of different projects, but play an integral role in the integrity of each. For this reason it is important to make sure that they are properly installed to make sure the project, regardless of purpose, is structurally sound.

Teaching an old material new tricks
The NWI Times reported that the steel industry is looking to expand from its conventional industries like automotive production and appliances. These new industries include less expensive bridges along with more environmentally friendly fuel tanks.

The news source noted that the industry has been working on developing new designs for short span bridges that can be between 20 and 140 feet long and be laid across creeks and roads. The news source noted that this could be a lucrative market considering that over half of the country's bridges are of this length.

However, with these projects it is important that those responsible for their construction use strong hardware such as galvanized bolts in order to make sure that they are structurally sound. Given that these structures are so often used, it is important that they be able to handle heavy and frequent weight loads.

One example of these kinds of projects coming to fruition can be found in Iowa. According to the news source, a community in the state recently replaced a 66-year-old bridge with a wider one made of galvanized steel beams and rebar.

Using anchors in concrete
While some of this hardware is being used in new kinds of projects, it is important to make sure that these processes are also able to be successfully implemented in their more conventional methods. This is especially the case with masonry anchors.

These tools are often used to secure various projects into concrete. While it can be easier to complete this process when the concrete is wet, it can make the formation of the substance more complicated, according to Concrete Construction.

Instead, an alternative strategy is to do so after the concrete has hardened. According to the source, a popular way to do so is through the use of an expansion-shield bolt anchor. With this part, an alloy sleeve is inserted into the concrete and a bolt is secured into place, expanding as it is threaded into the sleeve. This requires drilling a hole into the concrete for the initial placement of the sleeve.

Concrete Construction noted that another strategy is to use a machine-bolt anchor, which is a hammer-set device. In this situation, the sleeve and an expander nut is inserted into the concrete hole, which is then hammered into place, expanding the farther it is driven into the sleeve.

A successful installation
When completing these kinds of projects, it is important to keep in mind that using the right tools is only the first step. Without using the proper construction tools, workers run the risk of mishandling the installation of these parts, be them in concrete or new settings.

There are a variety of different applications for these kinds of parts, so it is important to be aware of the best practices when it comes to each new project.