5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Set It FAST’s Drop-in Anchor Setting Tools

drop in anchor setting tool tips

Drop-in anchors are an essential component for securing materials and structures to masonry or concrete surfaces, providing a solid foundation for larger projects. However, it's crucial to properly and efficiently install drop-in anchors to ensure they can withstand the weight and forces they are exposed to over time. Setting drop-in anchors can be a quick and painless task when you have the right tools. By following the correct steps and using Set It FAST’s drop-in anchor setting tools, drop-in anchors can be installed securely and provide a reliable solution for construction needs.

Installing Drop In Anchors with a Setting Tool (DIAST)

Proper installation is crucial to ensure the anchor won't fail or loosen over time. If you need to install drop-in anchors in concrete, the best way to do it is by using a concrete anchor setting tool. This tool will help you place the anchors correctly, ensuring a stable and secure installation that can bear relatively heavy weight. The tool will push the anchor into the concrete and expand it, creating a tight grip.

5 Tips For Setting Drop-in Anchors with a Concrete Setting Tool

Tip # 1 - Drill the Proper Size Hole for Your Drop-in Anchor

Different drop-in anchors can require different sized holes to get the strongest hold. Drill your anchor hole to the proper depth recommended by the manufacturer. This is important, as an anchor’s load capacity can be compromised if you drill the wrong size hole. Drilling oversized holes can lessen the overall strength because it makes it harder to set the drop-in anchor properly. When drilling into concrete it is important to make sure that the size of drill bit you choose matches the size of the anchors you are planning to use. This suggestion applies to the diameter as well as its length.

Tip #2 - Make Sure the Drill Hole is Clean Before Installing the Anchor

If dirt, concrete bits, or other debris clog up your drilling hole, it can throw off your anchor-setting. It's best practice when installing drop in anchors to clean the area first with a blow tube, blow bulb, or vacuum to ensure that it is free of debris. A clean work area will create better quality final results.

Tip #3 - Start the Concrete Anchoring Process Right

Setting the anchor properly is not difficult, but you still want to make sure that you are installing it correctly. With a pre-drilled hole that is free of debris, drop your anchor into the hole with the opening of the anchor facing the surface.

Tip #4 - Choose the Right Size Drop In Anchor Setting Tool

The size of the anchor you are installing will determine what size anchor setting tool you’ll need to set it properly. You’ll want to match the setting tool size to the size of the drop in anchor. Set It FAST’s drop-in anchor setting tools come in individual and multi-packs, including a ⅜” mini, ⅜” regular, and ½” size.

Tip #5 - Take Advantage of Set It FAST’s Drop-in Anchor Setting Tool

One of the advantages of using our DIAST setting tools for drop in anchors is that you can set your anchors efficiently. When using our SDS+ concrete anchor setting tools, you can use your drill in rotary hammer mode to get started. And, there is no need to switch the drill mode from rotary hammer to hammer only mode.

*Bonus* Tip - Use a Stop Drill Bit

Concrete construction professionals pair drop-in anchor setting tools with stop hammer drill bits to make sure that drop-in anchors are installed at the proper depth. Without stop drill bits, it is nearly impossible to get the correct setting depth with each and every install. This is one of the best ways to get accurate and consistent results.

Setting Drop-in Anchors FAST: Next Steps

Now that you know how to use our company's drop-in anchor setting tools, you can start setting drop in anchors like a pro. Take the first step in becoming a pro by exploring our full range of anchor setting tools at setitfast.com. There you’ll find our full line of drop-in anchor setting tools, along with other popular anchor setting tools.