Anchoring a carport

Carports are a temporary alternative to garages. They are meant to protect your car from extreme weather, snow, rain, sun and debris. You can find hundreds of carport types on the market, each one offering different features and materials.
They are very durable and have a long life span. If you want them to offer total protection, the first step is to anchor it to make it more stable.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Drill with masonry bit
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Socket set
  • Torque wrench
  • Concrete anchor bolts
  • Electrical tape

Measuring the site

Mark the location of every anchor holes and also of the rails. Measure the length and height of the base rail and you will need to also measure the height of the depth gauge.

Drilling holes for the anchor poles

Place the masonry bit into your drill. Check the manufacturers’ instructions to see how deep should you drill the holes into the concrete. Hold the base rail steady and insert the masonry bit into one of the mounting holes, then drill a hole until you reach the depth gauge. Clean the hole from debris by blowing in it.

Securing the anchor bolts

Install a washer and a nut to the end of your anchor bolt. Keep the nut even with the ends of the anchor bolt to avoid damaging its threads. Put the anchor bolt into the mounting hole on the bottom rail and then through the concrete hole you have just drilled. Tap the nut with a small hammer until it fits. Use your torque wrench set to turn the nut clockwise until the wrench clicks. Turning the nut too much can result in damaging the concrete or the anchor bolt. Be sure you turn the wrench only till it clicks. Repeat this step until you have drilled and secured all the anchor bolts of your carport.

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