Anchor Bolts in Concrete

Article and photos by Gregory HavelDownload this article as a PDF!When a steel-framed structure is built, it usually features a steel frame that rests on concrete foundations. The structural steel must be connected to the foundation or the building will collapse before it is completed. The traditional way to set anchor bolts in concrete is to embed long L-shaped bolts in the concrete foundation while it is being poured. When the concrete has set and cured, these bolts cannot be pulled out of the concrete without destroying the foundation.The structural engineer designs the concrete foundation's dimensions and the length, diameter, and spacing of the bolts; he also specifies the size of th...

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