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Anchoring Handrails & Bolts in Concrete

Setting handrails, bolts or metal posts in existing concrete has never been easier with the help of QUIKRETE Anchoring Cement.

Project Instructions:
When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.

Step 1:
Create a hole with a masonry core drill that is at least 1 inch larger than the diameter of the railing or bolt; the hole should be from 2 inches to 4 inches deep.

TIP: by increasing the embedded depth of the post, the pull-out strength will increase.

Step 2:
Mix Anchoring Cement by adding about 5 parts Anchoring Cement to 1 part clean water.

TIP: QUIKRETE Anchoring Cement is a Rapid Setting material so mix only as much as can be used in about 10 minutes.

Step 3:
Use a margin trowel to thoroughly mix the material to a fluid consistency similar to syrup. Make sure that the mix is uniform and lump free. If the mix is too wet, add additional Anchoring Cement and mix thoroughly; if the mix is too dry, add small amounts of water sparingly.

TIP: for vertical applications, simply add less water and mix to a heavy putty consistency.

Step 4:
Prior to pouring the anchoring cement, remove any loose debris and dampen the hole, but do not leave standing water.

Step 5:
Slowly pour the Anchoring Cement into the hole around the post to a level slightly above the surface. (Anchoring Cement will reach over 4000 psi in 24 hours and can support heavy weight in just 2 hours.)

What is needed for the job
Supplies
  • QUIKRETE Exterior Use Anchoring Cement
  • 1/2″ drill
  • Masonry core drill bit
  • Measuring pail
  • Masonry brush
  • Margin trowel
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
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