Buildex’s new Tapcon line of anchors cut their own threads as you drive them into masonry. And unlike most other types of masonry anchors, they’re removable.
You especially appreciate ‘removable’ when you’ve driven a bunch of anchors into a wall, then decided to rearrange or adjust your setup. With most anchors, you’re, um, screwed. But with Tapcons you just pull out the screw, fill in the hole with concrete patch paste, paint it, and you’re good to go.
Be careful, though: new Tapcon users often over-tighten the anchor, loosening its grip in the masonry. You can use a drill/driver, but be sure to set the clutch to a low torque setting — and use very low speeds. Or you can shell out for the Condrive 100, which automatically disengages at optimal tightness.
Of course, if you need a really heavy-duty masonry anchor, go with the regular kind. But for most projects, Tapcon’s pretty blue screws do the trick. And they’re made in the good ole’ USA.
Note: I’ve yet to try the Kwik-Con series of anchors, a competing product line. If you’ve used both brands and noticed a difference, drop us a comment about it.