Installing eye bolt in solid block wall

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  1. Kentucky Shooter

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    any tips for installing eye bolt in solid cinderblock wall? Will be used to hang things of moderate weight.

    I assumed the wall was hollow cinder block and I was going to use a toggle fastener. Once I discovered the blocks are solid that was out.

    Can I use a drop in or lag shield anchor with good results? Is expoxy or other glue needed?

    Thanks for any advice
     
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    Drill a hole with a concrete bit.
    Oversized it a bit.
    Blow it out.
    Fill hole with concrete fastener epoxy
    Screw in eye bolt.
    Clean up any that squished out.
    Let set for needed set time.
     

  3. Kentucky Shooter

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    Ok, thanks. So this method needs no metal sleeve in the hole?
     
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    Old school way: drill larger hole, whittle a wood plug to drive into hole. Break off wood plug flush with wall. Drill proper size hole in plug for bolt to screw in to.
     
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    If it were me I would lag shield along with the glue, leaves you the option to unscrew it at a later date.
     
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    Hammer drill and expansion anchors.
     
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    I would use the tubular plastic sleeves
     
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    Depends on how much weight. Plastic inserts and screws work fine for lighter weights. I've used expanding plastic sleeves made by Hilti to hang a gazillion window coverings in concrete walls and ceilings. Metal expanding bolts and sleeves will hold a pretty good amount of weight, just requires a little bigger hole. Use an epoxy system if you never want it to come out. Hilti used to have a good assortment of concrete fasteners, depending on the application. I assume they still do.
     
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    Either a glue-in or an expansion bolt, whichever is easiest for you.
     
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  10. Kentucky Shooter

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    Thanks to all for their advice- headed to Lowes tomorrow to see what they have along this line.
     
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    Nope but is quite permanent.
     
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    That is the way I would do it.
     
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    Probably because you like things done right. ;)
     
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    If you use epoxy there is no option to remove.

    Another option I like is Tapcons but they do not come in eye bolts. You drill a hole and screw them in with no shield.

    The benefit of the glue is it will help get some decent holding strength from the block. Most other anchors will not hold much in the cinder block portion because it is too porous.
     
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    This is GT! Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

    Cut two 12X12X3/8 inch pieces of hardened steel plate
    Drill holes in the center and the corners
    Drill corresponding holes all the way through the wall
    Attach plates with grade 8 bolts through the corners
    Run threaded eye bolt through the wall secured with nuts on both sides
    Weld all nuts to the bolts

    The more new tools you need to buy to do the job, the better

    Tell wife you had to do it that way. Building code. Avert eyes, keep straight face.
     
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    These things are great! HH
     
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    I used lead anchors on my cinder block wall.

    Worked great and has held up for years.
     
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    I believe in better living through chemistry and making things stronger than necessary. A cinderblock wall, even filled with cement will have voids. I would use epoxy and if there's ever a need to remove it, use a Sawzall and saw it off flush to the surface, and use a angle grinder if needed, then patch and paint if necessary.