Other topics are also covered in the training. Moisture, for instance, can affect adhesive anchor bonds, especially regarding saturated concrete. Contractors also need to take properly dispose of adhesive anchor product. And contractors will learn placement best practices for either threaded rod or rebar into the adhesive.
The adhesive anchor installer’s first reference in questions about installation is the MPII. If further clarification is necessary, all the major manufacturers of adhesive anchors offer field training and contractor technical support. “Every leading manufacturer provides education and training access to the end-user,” says Ellen Baum, direct sales manager for the Midwest with ITW Red Head. “In today’s technology-driven world, it’s even easier for contractors to get the information they need with manufacturer websites and videos.”
It should be noted that manufacturer training alone does not satisfy the ACI 318 Appendix D Building Code requirements for certification of adhesive anchor installers.
Concrete contractors and general contractors need to be aware of the situations in which a Certified Adhesive Anchor Installer is needed on their jobs. As the 2012 IBC is adopted by more jurisdictions in the coming months, it will be necessary for these contractors to have qualified adhesive anchor installers that have obtained certification.