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Unread 04-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Tapcons for EZ-UP?

I know I've seen this mentioned previously here, but can't find it. Does anyone have a recommendation for what size Tapcon to use to keep your EZ-Up from rocketing into your neighbors space on a windy day if you're set up on asphalt?

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Don't know about a tapcon, we use deck screws. Put about two or three in each leg and she'll hold like a champ.
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Jim, you use a cordless drill for that? Not sure mine would have the arse to get them into asphalt.
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Jim, you use a cordless drill for that? Not sure mine would have the arse to get them into asphalt.
Yes. A 18 volt Dewalt.
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i use tapcons all the time for concrete form work. usually i'm going thru an 1 1/2" "2x4" so i use 2 1/4" TAPCONS which allows for 3/4 inch into the concrete. asphalt won't hold as well as concrete. not sure what thickness of leg your working with but i'd figure at least and inch or more into the asphalt. i like the hex head ones. I use a hammer drill to drill the initial hole then cordless drill to drive 'em in.
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Just like Jim, I use a 18v Dewalt cordless drill and deck screws with washers. Works great!!
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I'll bet the folks running the contest and those that own the ashphalt don't appreciate all those holes. How about 5 gallon buckets of water or concrete. I just love to see those pails of concrete going airborne.
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I'll bet the folks running the contest and those that own the ashphalt don't appreciate all those holes. How about 5 gallon buckets of water or concrete. I just love to see those pails of concrete going airborne.
That's the nice thing with deck screws, after a few hot days, you couldn't find the holes if you tried. They are gone. They aren't even the width of a pencil (or brisket slice) to begin with.
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I think I'll have to try deck screws. They are a heck of a lot cheaper than TapCons anyway. BTW - an 18v Ryobi will also put the tapcons in asphalt with no problems.
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I think I'll have to try deck screws. They are a heck of a lot cheaper than TapCons anyway. BTW - an 18v Ryobi will also put the tapcons in asphalt with no problems.
Hey Andy, will you have an 18v drill this weekend? Might try it myself.
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In the past I have bungeed the tent to my meat and beer cooler, one on each side. Works very well.
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That's the nice thing with deck screws, after a few hot days, you couldn't find the holes if you tried. They are gone. They aren't even the width of a pencil (or brisket slice) to begin with.
Maybe in MO in the summer, I wouldn't try that in the NE in October.
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In the past I have bungeed the tent to my meat
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In the past I have bungeed the tent to my meat and beer cooler, one on each side. Works very well.
The Dennis and Shane from the Space Coast Pit Crew have two 128 quart (I think) coolers that are part of their regular setup. They just strap the tent to them and it is super solid.
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I know I've seen this mentioned previously here, but can't find it. Does anyone have a recommendation for what size Tapcon to use to keep your EZ-Up from rocketing into your neighbors space on a windy day if you're set up on asphalt?

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I looking up Tapcon in Merriam-Webster dictionary online
can't find it.. Dare I ask what the hell is a Tapcon
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