WHICH ANCHORS SHOULD I USE?
Whether you have prepared a flat and level ground, poured footers, or a concrete slab. You must anchor your building somehow. If you have concrete you will want to use concrete anchors. If you have chosen to use unimproved ground it must be leveled and will require some type of anchor. We recommend mobile home anchors.
An anchor rod, or anchor bolt, is a steel rod that is either cast, set in concrete or grouted into concrete and masonry for the purpose of attaching a steel structure to its foundation, providing both stability and preventing movement of the building. Anchor bolts are normally provided by the company hired to lay your concrete and put in place when the foundation is being laid. However, anchor bolts can also be placed once the concrete has been laid. There are two types of anchor bolts on the market, wedge anchors and bent anchor bolts, and the use of these bolts depends upon the necessities of the building. Wedge anchor bolts consist of a straight pin with a bolt at the top and used when the concrete foundation is already in place. These anchor bolts are placed in drilled holes and expand once in place. These bolts rely upon the friction of the surrounding concrete to remain in place. Bent bolts are similar to wedge bolts, but have a bent, ‘L’ shaped piece at the end. These bolts are placed in the foundation as the concrete is being poured and for this reason are extremely resistant to upheaval and ideal for large, heavy structures.
MOBILE HOME ANCHORS
You’ll find mobile home anchors available for different types of soil conditions. Auger anchors (screw-in anchors) have been designed for both hard soil and soft soil. Rock anchors or drive anchors allow attachment to a rock or coral base. This type of anchor is also pinned to the ground with crossing steel stakes.
Auger anchors can be installed manually by inserting a metal bar through the top of the anchor for added leverage or with a machine designed for this purpose. It’s important to screw this type of anchor in. Do not dig a hole to install.