plugs work well with hand-drive applications, as well as with the Quik Drive PRO300S auto- feed screw driving system. The Auto-Set Driver bit features a non-abrasive depth stop to automatically countersink screws for inserting the plugs, which are easily secured in place with the gentle tap of a hammer. Simpson Strong-Tie is packag- ing the screws and plugs sepa- rately from the 39 different com- posite and PVC lumber colors and finishes currently available. Visit strongtie.com/dcuscrewplugs.
WORKING WITH SLEEVE ANCHORS
A brick wall requires different fasteners than a stud wall. Although concrete screws work well for many masonry applications, when it came to mounting a wall bracket for a large television on a recent job, we went with the strength of Sleeve Anchors. These threaded steel fasteners basically con- sist of a round-head bolt covered with a zinc-coated sleeve that expands inside the wall for a secure hold. Use them for fastening into concrete, hollow block, grout-filled block and brick. They’re ideal for fastening hand rails, window frames, partitions and more. To use a sleeve anchor in a brick wall: First, mark the fastener location in a mortar joint.
Next, select a masonry drill bit with the same diameter as the sleeve anchor (often included with the anchor).
Use the masonry bit and a hammer- dill to drill the pilot hole. If using multi- ple anchors for the application, drill all the pilot holes.
Thread the nut (supplied) on the end of the sleeve anchor so it sits flush with the end of the bolt.
Position the item to be mounted (TV bracket, in this case), and use a ham- mer to drive the sleeve-covered anchor into the pilot hole up to the nut collar.
Use a wrench to tighten the nut, which draws the bolt through the sleeve and causes it to expand and tighten against the surrounding mortar, brick or concrete for a very tight hold.