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    Attaching stuff to cinderblock garage wall

    Could you guys kindly tell me what kind of screws/bolts I should use to attach a ledger board (or several) to the cinderblock wall of the garage? I may want to remove them at a later date if we decide to finish the garage.

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    what are you planning on holding up there? my choice is tapcons. blue screw type fasteners that you pre drill a hole and then anchor with the screws. most do it hardwares have them.

    http://www.concretescrews.com/tapcon-questions.aspx
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    You talking Cinder block or Concrete block (not the same thing) Cinder Block was from WWII era when Concrete was a scarce item and Cinders were pleantyful as most were burning coal.

    Tapcon for the Concrete blocks, Toggle bolts for the Cinder blocks as they will crumble away from the Tapcons.

    I have used them a lot lately on a job (went through about 20 boxes) simple as drilling a hole and screwing them in with a screw gun. Use a clutch to prevent stripping out or snapping off, Don't suggest an impact drill as it makes them strip (IMHO) although there are those who are successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what are you planning on holding up there? my choice is tapcons. blue screw type fasteners that you pre drill a hole and then anchor with the screws. most do it hardwares have them.

    http://www.concretescrews.com/tapcon-questions.aspx
    Like Larry said go with tapcons. Make sure you hit a motar joint. Now if you no the blocks are poored solid you can put them where ever you like.
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    bill is right on cinder block i figured you were talking concrete blocks not many cinder blocks around any more in my parts anymore
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    I call everything cinderblock. Probably not the right term. Looks like concrete blocks.....I can post a picture next week.....house was built in 1990.
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    if its that new they are concrete blocks..
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    I'm not planning on hanging anything. I want to attach some junky old bookcases to the wall so they don't fall over when they're filled with stuff.
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    too bad that the bookcases can not be fasten to the ceiling or rafters

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray hampton View Post
    too bad that the bookcases can not be fasten to the ceiling or rafters
    Why can't they? I have a very heavy crystal cabinet hanging in my kitchen from the ceiling. It was a bear getting the lag bolts up through the ceiling and into the cross-rafters (only about 14" of head/body room), but it got done, and it hasn't moved in 8 years. And it has glass doors, glass shelves, and a LOT of crystal and glassware in it.
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