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Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt?

And by Screw Bolt I mean this:

Screw bolt

And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:

Anchor bolt

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    Depends on what the wall is made of, where you're anchoring to it, what forces the box is going to put on the fastener... We can't give a good answer unless you give us more details about what you're trying to do. – keshlam Dec 20 '14 at 0:36
  • So it's going into a brick wall. The box itself, one half is open and the other has a drawer. So I just don't want it to be pulled off. – userMod2 Dec 20 '14 at 0:40
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    How much weight, how much torque when the drawer is extended...? My instinctive response is that the anchor bolt, in an appropriately sized hole, will hold better but a malliable anchor insert used with the screw bolt (or an ordinary sheet-metal screw) might hold as well or better. I used anchors to support the lumber rack, but that was decided "by guess and by golly". – keshlam Dec 20 '14 at 0:47
  • If you use the screw bolt with a hammer drill to pre-tap, I'd recommend pushing a small amount of PL into the hole first to both help fill gaps and provide better holding power. – David Hoelzer Dec 20 '14 at 2:37
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    Those anchor bolts are for concrete or stone and require a precisely-sized hole, in which case they are very strong. Red clay bricks are too soft and the anchors will pull out. What kind of brick? – Tom Robinson Dec 21 '14 at 7:11
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I'm old school: I still use lags and shields. They "never" pull out when installed properly.

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(alliedboltinc.com)

  • Why do you have quotation marks around the "never"? – Niall C. Dec 25 '14 at 15:05
  • "What, never?" "Well, hardly ever..." – keshlam Feb 22 '15 at 21:41
  • I'd tend to agree; I've never put 'em in, but they sure as hell don't like coming out. The fastener shaft usually snaps first before it will dislodge the wedges. – Mazura Mar 24 '15 at 22:32

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