How to screw into a concrete floor

Written by j. cavan barry
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Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials for floors in homes and apartments, and is often thought to be an impenetrable surface. Though it is true that concrete is a very strong and durable material, it is not impossible to penetrate. Those who have needed to stabilise furniture by attaching it to their concrete floor have found that fastening screws is a much easier task than they would have originally thought, as long as they have the proper tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electric hammer-drill and concrete drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Lumber pencil
  • Plastic screw anchors
  • Screws
  • Electric screw gun
  • Hammer (any size)

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  1. 1

    Mark any locations to be screwed with the lumber pencil, and tape measure if necessary.

  2. 2

    Drill the pilot holes (using the hammer-drill at locations marked in step 1) for the screw anchors using the drill bit diameter indicated on the screw anchor packaging. Drill these holes about a half inch deeper than the anchors' length to ensure complete anchor penetration.

  3. 3

    Gently tap the plastic anchors into the holes using the hammer. Drive the anchors deep enough so that their tops are flush with the floor surface.

  4. 4

    Drive the screws into the anchors, using an electric screw gun if necessary.

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