JBS MASTERS 7 Drawer Tool Trolley (Each)View Full Version masters dynabolts Hi all, I have an existing slab of concrete in the backyard. It is about 3. I have a pier that I masters dynabolts off Lewis with four standard 13mm holes drilled through the base for installation. What is the best way of installing it to the slab? Do I hire a hammer drill, drill the holes and then just nut and bolt it into place?
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View Full Version here: Hi all, I have an existing slab of concrete in the backyard. It is about 3. I have a pier that I bought off Lewis with four standard 13mm holes drilled through the base for installation. What is the best way of installing it to the slab? Do I hire a hammer drill, drill the holes and then just nut and bolt it into place? Or, am I better off putting a new slab in especially for the pier?
Unless the slab is cracked into sections I'd be bolting directly to it. Do you know if it was reinforced when poured? Dynabolts would be best but don't drill right through the slab and into the dirt underneath, I did that once.
Some people will say that by bolting to a slab that your walking on you will induce vibration into the pier, and thus you should cut out the centre and dig down and set the pier into a purpose poured base completely detached from the floor. How obsessive are you? Hi Glen, My wife just told me that the slab is reinforced. I'm not too obsessive as it will be a remotely controlled setup.
The only time I'll have to walk on it is to remove the cover. I'll look at dynabolting. I have a hammer drill - you buy the masonary drill bit and the dynabolts all from Bunnings -just down the road from you and we can have a crack at it one day.
Lewis, that is absolutely fantastic! How about this weekend? Lewis, Do I buy a 13mm masonry drill bit? And, the same in Dynabolts? Looks like the Dynabolts come in 12mm. That should do it. Same sized masonry bit, too, then, I take it?
Same size 12 mm drill bit Know building houses all the time I have seen dyna bolts with a Allen key depression in the top of the dyna bolts these are fantastic as you use the Allen key and the spanner to tighten till the dyna bolt bits in man they are a pain when they start to spin Just see if there up there in masters or bunnings If you are looking for another solution I have used concrete anchors in the past preferring them to Dyno Bolts.
I used them in install some very heavy booths and were subject to heavy vandalism for quite sometime and still standing. There are even heavier duty bolts as well but not sure if they are available in local stores.
David, Malcolm and Peter, Thank you, so much. You've all been very helpful. I look forward to having a pier setup this weekend! The missus has given me the go ahead to use the whole slab and build an observatory. I said I'd look into that later. Another option to consider is a tube of Sika Anchorfix and threaded rod cut to size. Dyna bolts are quick and easy but the disadvantage of them is that over time they can crack the concrete.
Dynabolts are rarely allowed on the concrete construction sites I work on for this reason. The Anchorfix is fast curing and works a treat. Barry, Thanks, heaps for that recommendation. How long does it take for AnchorFix to cure? When I use this stuff I get all the holes and studs ready then cut the end off attach the mixer tube and give two or three squirts onto the ground to make sure its mixing correctly.
Usually the last squirt is correct then go ahead and put it in the holes then slowly twirl in the studs. You can tell from the squirt on the ground when its gone off. Chemset and threaded rod is also a great option.. I,m no scientist but some of this chemical reaction stuff is amazing!!!
Bit of a funny story glueing steel into concrete around a swimming pool and I had one of these tubes spew it's contents all over me and into my eyes man they started to burn so I just dived into the pool with my eyes open it diluted the chemicals and I was bloody lucky.. My 'pier' is anchored to a 4m x 4. The pier is a mm long piece of mm diameter concrete water pipe stood on end.
It is anchored by a 1 meter long 12mm threaded rod to a single dyna bolt through the slab. The Observatory sits on 4 corner blocks and isolated from the mount although on the same slab.
There is enough mass and stability to minimise any vibration and when I'm in there I don't move much anyway. And the slab is stuck onto the side of a volcano, if that moves I won't be around to worry about vibrations!!
Go for it H, you will never regret it. Id be interested to hear from anyone who has built a domes on a slab and bolted the pier to the slab without isolation Dilemma I face Is there measurable vibration? What about wind induced vibration through the dome? H, I will consult the Walking Filofax aka the wife and get back with you.
Sunday at least should not be a problem. Now I got to find the drill in my maze of a garage since moving. I have a good idea where it is, seeing I installed 2 gunsafes with 12mm x 75 dynabolts when we moved in. Saturday or Sunday will be fine. We're not going out this weekend. I'll head to Bunnings on Saturday morning. Just let me know what drill bit to get.
Thankfully, she's very supportive of my hobby. I've been spending a lot of time in the lounge lately remote desktop to observatory computer and she hasn't complained. We've been married 3 months. What could possibly go wrong? She can have all my attention, one week either side of full Moon. Another option to consider before the work is done this weekend. It is counter intuitive yes, but I haven't noticed any vibration. They don't jump around on it though.
H,s slab sounds pretty solid, don't think it will be a problem. Hell have no fury that a newly-wed playing second fiddle to a scope! You will hear about it for the rest of your LIFE! Well, after one stuck drill bit I bought a couple, just in case, anyway , and one Dynabolt casualty the missus had a few spares , the pier went in on Saturday afternoon. Thank you, so much, to Lewis, for coming round with his drill and doing the hard work.
Hope you didn't get into too much trouble with the missus! I used Selley's sealant and siliconed the base of the pier to the slab to hopefully make it watertight. Now, who can drill some holes in a rat cage pier plate hard steel for me, so that the pier head G will fit into it?
Just contacted a local fabrication place and they said they can do the holes for me, woohoo! Dropping the metal off at the fabricators tomorrow morning before heading in to work.
For now, I don't think there will be any further progress. I've placed the pier right on the corner of the slab. If I put the pier in the middle, then, I will have to wait until about 60 degrees for my targets in the east to clear trees. At the edge, I can get them from about 30 degrees, or, thereabouts. I have to check again.
I also have a clearer viewer to the south still can't see SCP , but, if I wish to go for the jewels in Carina, I will be able to. Need to nuke the vege patch under which is another slab, I'm told if I want a better location. For now, I'm really happy that I will be able to get rid of the tripod legs and have everything in one location. I might think about making a makeshift tarp cover on four posts that I can place over my gear in an emergency.
It takes too long throwing the Telegizmo cover on -- have to be careful it doesn't catch on anything. Good to hear H. I will be looking to do something similar soon myself, as I take possession of my new house today. Look forward to your reports, too!
D I can't believe how much fun automation is. Once you go down that road, you start realising quickly that it becomes a neverending project. There's scope for improvement at every turn.