Anchoring Mudsill With Titen HD® Screw Anchors

In recent blogs we have been discussing the versatile Titan HD® Screw Anchors. Designed for use on cracked and uncracked concrete and masonry, these fasteners come in two styles –- carbon steel and stainless steel.

Designed for use in dry, non-corrosive conditions or temporary outdoor applications, the carbon steel variety has been heat treated to assure hardness of the screw threads for better cutting.

The stainless steel version resists corrosion, so it can be used in conditions where there is moisture or chemicals that can cause rust. Although this anchor features a stainless steel screw, it also includes small amounts of carbon steel to ensure a clean cut. The actual amount of carbon steel is too little to damage concrete if it should become corroded.

The earlier blogs go into detail on each version of the anchor, describes features, and offers general installation instructions.

In this particular blog we will be discussing a more specialized installation of the anchor into mudsill.

What Is A Mudsill?

Mudsill is a basic component of many types of building construction. For the most part, it is made of wood and is attached to the foundation of the building. The mudsill provides the material needed to attach a plethora of components of the framing of the building to the foundation and also offers additional integrity to the overall construction because the framework is directly connected and does not just rest on the foundation.

Mudsill is commonly used in home construction, especially in homes that are constructed on a concrete foundation or slab. Treated lengths of wood that are a part of the mudsill bolt to all sides of the concrete slab. Once installed, the mudsill’s lip protects the slab just like a baseboard protects the bottom area of a wall.

Anchoring The Mudsill With A Titen HD® Screw Anchor

Prior to the installation process and even before you purchase the proper anchors for the project, you will need to determine the thickness of the mudsill, the proper hole depth of the anchor into the foundation, and the specific Titen HD® Screw Anchor model that would be most appropriate for this particular project. Refer to the appropriate chart to determine proper parameters.

Once you know the proper measurements, identified the appropriate Titen anchor and purchased them, then you are ready to perform the installation

Items you will need to perform the work include:

  • A marker
  • Rotohammer drill with the recommended diameter drill bit.
  • Oil free compressed air
  • Titen HD Anchors with square washers
  • Socket wrench or impact driver with the recommended socket
  1. Mark on each corner of the foundation where each anchor will be installed. The first mark should be made 12-inches from the corner or end of the mudsill. From that point measure out and make a mark for a new anchor every 6-feet. Also mark for a new anchor no less than 9-inches and no more than 12-inches from each mudsill plate break. Reduce the spacing between each anchor to less than 6-inches if necessary to accommodate for the anchors that will be near the mudsill plate breaks.
  2. Use the rotohammer drill to drill down through the center of the mudsill (or mudsill and blocking) and into the top of the concrete foundation to the appropriate embedment depth. (Remember, the embedment depth is the depth of the hole from the top of the concrete, not the top of the mudsill.)
  3. Use the compressed air to clean the dust from the hole.
  4. Place the Titen HD® Screw Anchor into the hole with the square washer in place. Use a socket wrench or impact driver with a socket to drive the anchor into the hole. Drive the anchor until its head and the plate washer are snug against the mudsill.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each new anchor you place.

It is obvious to any construction worker that when using fasteners, one size or type does not fit all applications. You need to use the proper fastener to fit the job. The staff at AbraFast is knowledgeable on what fasteners to use for each job you’ll encounter. We also stock a wide range of fasteners that match a plethora of different jobs. If you have any questions concerning the proper fastener to use and how to install it, feel free to contact us. We will answer any questions you have promptly and make certain that you are prepared to use the proper equipment so that you can perform the proper installation.