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Old 10-06-2016, 10:32 AM
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My pool enclosure is about 16 years old. For most of those years, the Tapcon screws that anchor it to the concrete pool deck have been rusting away. I had been replacing them periodically, but I haven't been diligent about it recently and now many of them are failing on their own or when I try to back them out for replacement, leaving the majority of the rusted screws in the holes. So now I am at the point of drilling new holes, which isn't really a big deal, but I want to use a screw or anchor bolt that will hold up better. I have seen the Blue-Tap PRO-TECT system online. Anyone have any experience with them? They still use a carbon screw, but it is isolated from the aluminum enclosure frame so there should not be any dissimilar metal issues. But they are still carbon steel. Is there a stainless steel "Tapcon-like" screw for concrete? Any recommendations from those of you who have dealt with this before?
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:13 AM
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http://www.tapcon.com/products/410-stainless-steel
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:17 AM
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I like drop in anchors too if you have enough edge distance to the edge of the concrete. Pair these with 1/4 inch stainless bolts.
https://www.boltdepot.com/Product-De...?product=17815
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Thanks for the quick reply. My enclosure sits on the edge of the pool deck, so I think I would be better off avoiding any expansion type anchors.


Do you have personal experience with the SS Tapcons? From what I can tell, 410 has "moderate" rust resistance. The sole review I found on Amazon gave it 1 star because they supposedly rusted pretty quickly. Finding the right combination of strength and corrosion resistance will probably be a challenge, so if I have to give up some corrosion resistance to get adequate strength, I'm ok with that. But I do want them to at least last several years (the PRO-TECT screws have a 10 yr warranty, if that means anything).


Real world experience from my fellow THT'ers would be very helpful here!
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I just had my pool enclosure re-screened and the company also re-anchored the frame. They just drilled out the busted bolts and replaced them with stainless steel concrete bolts/screws. Not Tapcon brand. The fresh anchor job is fixing to get tested tomorrow....
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I don't have any personal experience with the blue tap system but it makes sense. Isolating the steel from aluminum is critical.

The plastic sleeves are key. I'm not sure the tap-con they provide is really any different than the standard in terms of coating.

You can buy similar sleeves at HD. http://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-Har...5yc1vZc2b0Zefb

SS tap-cons are softer and can shear if too much torque is placed on them.

Personally, I do not like tap-cons due to installation issues (over torque, etc.) but you do not have many options.
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I wonder if those sleeves and caps would fit the SS tapcons? That might be the best of both worlds. I did find the SS tapcons at my local HD last night and put in a handful just in case Mathew veered a bit to the left.
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Whatever the guys used worked. The enclosure is still intact. We had some 80+mph gusts this morning. Lost power. Doubt it'll be back on before Sunday.
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And one more thing on my "to do" list.
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Originally Posted by Jus Cruisin View Post
Whatever the guys used worked. The enclosure is still intact. We had some 80+mph gusts this morning. Lost power. Doubt it'll be back on before Sunday.
Glad to hear that. Winds weren't too bad here, which is good because I probably only have about 20% of my anchors intact.
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I replaced a bunch of mine with the SS tapcon. I put a nylon washer between the tapcon and the frame then hit it with a quick coat of rustoleum to match the frame color. Has only been about 6 months so no long term info yet.
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