Question #7: Are wall anchors a good way to stop a bulging wall?
Answer: NO WAY! I have stacks of wall anchor plates at my shop. They came from all the wall anchor systems we had to remove to truly SOLVE once and forever the Bowed wall problem. Wall anchor systems are supposed to slowly straighten a wall over time. The company comes out drill a hole in the wall and drives a metal rod or screw into the earth. The threaded rod then has a plate nut and washer. The company will give you a special wrench and then tell you to give it a ¼ turn every couple of months to “draw the wall slowly back. This is pure nonsense in order to truly straighten a wall the wall must first be excavated removing the heavy soil so the wall can be then straightened and repaired.
Someone was talking about wall anchors recently… here? In the comments? Inspector? Contractor? I mostly still see I beams… does he collect those too? Why would he be taking wall anchors back and collecting them? Discard them? Recycle them? This is a series from a spam email from a basement contractor in Central Ohio.
Question Seven dedicated to Dave of Dave’s Beer for his devotion to the series. Thanks