Choosing The Right Anchor: Alligator® Anchors

Monday, 12/15/14

Different applications and materials require different anchors. One type of anchor used for various job requirements is the Alligator® anchor.

What Is an Alligator® Anchor?

Many types of wall anchors expand in order to secure a screw, bolt or other fastener in place. The Alligator® anchor falls into this category. It is a superior choice for many applications and materials.

The Alligator® anchor's name derives from the design of the anchor. When a screw makes impact with the anchor, the thread of the screw locks into the anchor's teeth. The sides of the anchor open and move apart in opposite directions, similar to an alligator mouth. This allows the anchor to lock into place and resist pull-out. It also allows the anchor to hold firmly under a vibratory load.

How Are They Used?

To safely install an Alligator® anchor, first drill a hole in the material in which you are putting the anchor in. For solid material installations, the hole is required to be the same diameter of the anchor and twice the depth or length of the anchor. For hollow wall installations, the hole must penetrate through the entire material in which you are putting the anchor in. After drilling the hole, push or tap the anchor into place with a hammer until it is flush with the surface of the penetration. Please follow all safety requirements such as wearing safety glasses when drilling and anchoring material. It is important to note anchors have specific screw or fastener diameter sizes. These sizes ensure proper installation.

What Applications Are Alligator® Anchors Best Suited For?

Alligator® anchors are versatile due to their stability. They are used in various types of material and applications.

Alligator® anchors are most commonly used in solid wall and hollow wall applications; however, Alligator® anchors are sometimes the best choice for anchoring slab or overhead. They are designed to hold more weight with greater pull out values and sheer loads than many other anchors in their category. Alligator® anchors are commonly used for vertical hanging and mounting applications, such as flat-screen TV installations on walls and various other items requiring higher load ranges for secure fastening.

Alligator® anchors are used in masonry, brick, concrete, cinder block, ceramic tile, particle board, stucco and drywall. They are the best choice in anchoring to brittle material such as old brick and plaster.

Why Use an Alligator® Anchor Over Another Type of Anchor

The Alligator® anchor's unique design allows the anchor to function differently than other anchors. In order to function correctly, metal and mechanical anchors require a solid surface to push against. An Alligator® anchor expands regardless of the surface material.

The Alligator® anchor is resistant to harsh and potentially corrosive elements. Unlike some anchors, the Alligator® anchor is made from a moisture resistant plastic.

Minerallac's expert staff members are available to find the appropriate anchor for your job requirements and to provide more information on Alligator® anchors. Contact Minerallac today