DeWalt introduces the Wall-Dog and Snake anchors range, speciﬁcally designed to meet the needs of electrical contractors.
Engineered to meet the requirements of the most demanding electrical contractor, DeWalt’s range of mechanical steel anchors carry recognised approvals such as ETA, CE Marking, ICC, seismic loading and ﬁre resistance. Available in a range of ﬁnishes and sizes, the anchors provide fast, reliable and fully compliant fastening for applications such as ﬁxing suspended lighting, junction boxes, electrical conduit and cable trays.
DeWalt’s Wall-Dog is an all steel, one-piece screw anchor which provides an all-metal fixing solution to comply with the latest wiring regulations. Amendment 521.11 to BS 7671 requires wiring systems within escape routes to be supported in such a way that they will not be liable to premature collapse in the event of a fire; thereby prohibiting the use of non-metallic components. With its carbon steel body and deep cutting, corkscrew-like threads, DeWalt’s Wall-Dog anchor provides for smooth entry and powerful hold in a variety of substrates including wallboard, wood, masonry and concrete.
Wall-Dog mechanical steel anchors are ideal for light to medium duty M&E anchoring applications such as electrical, telephone and cable accessories. They also provide a compliant fixing for fire-rated cable clips in escape routes. For example, D-Line, a major manufacturer of innovative cable management products, now recommends Wall-Dog as an effective, easy to use fixing for its fully certified Safe-D Clips.
When fixed with Wall-Dog, D-Line claims its Safe-D Clips will hold bundles of cables securely on a surface at 930˚C for at least two hours.
Another highly popular ﬁxing solution with electrical contractors, and unique to DeWalt, is the patented Snake mechanical anchor. This internally threaded, self-tapping screw anchor has a zinc-plated carbon steel body and is up to six times faster to install than a conventional drop-in anchor. Approved by Bison, one of the UK’s leading pre-cast concrete manufacturers, Snake offers great holding strength and complete grip over the total anchor length – making it a safe and secure solution for all kinds of mechanical and electrical suspended applications. Snake is especially suited for ﬁxing M&E systems that require ongoing maintenance as it allows units to be easily assembled along the same threads. It is also removable!
Among the many satisﬁed users of the DeWalt Snake mechanical anchor is building services specialist, McGill, a Scotland Top 500 Company. According to Mark McGachy, M&E Supervisor at McGill, Snake proved a quick and reliable solution when ﬁxing bracketry for gas pipes on a recent project. “With very little space on the riser, we couldn’t use our usual drop-in anchor on this job,” explains Mark. So Mark approached his M&E ﬁxings supplier, MEF, for advice and they recommended DeWalt’s Snake. “We must have installed nearly 1000 Snake anchors on this project and we’ve been thrilled with the results,” continues Mark. “Our guys on site ﬁnd them so much quicker to use because they work ﬁrst time, every time. We’ll deﬁnitely be using Snake mechanical anchors again!”