Grip-Tite Foundation System

Engineering

Grip-Tite® Wall Anchor System

The Wall Anchor System is a design professional’s and property owner's alternative to completely removing and rebuilding basement walls that have become cracked and/or bowed as a result of lateral earth pressures exceeding the design capacity of the wall.

The Grip-Tite® Wall Anchor System utilizes the passive resistance of the exterior soils to resist and counteract the lateral pressures. Other systems are connected to and rely on the floor joists and wood framing of the structure, which are typically not designed to accept these lateral loads. The foundation should support the structure…not the other way around.

The system was developed and patented in 1978 by Grip-Tite Manufacturing as a viable alternative to completely removing and rebuilding basement walls, or installing other more expensive and unsightly wall bracing systems.

The Grip-Tite® Wall Anchor System utilizes an interior wall plate, an exterior earth anchor and a connecting steel rod to stabilize and restore the structural integrity of foundation walls. The hot-dip galvanized (for corrosion protection) wall anchors are spaced along the wall based on wall and backfill conditions and rod extenders can be used to avoid decks, flowerbeds and other landscaping.

When it comes to cracking, bowing or buckling walls, property owners are relieved to discover the structural integrity of a foundation wall can be restored without the expense and inconvenience of rebuilding the entire wall.

Advantages

  • In most cases can straighten wall (over time) without excavation
  • Limited disturbance to lawn and landscape
  • Low-profile wall plate can be easily painted or finished over
  • Counteracts pressure on the wall without causing damage to structure (does not rely on the floor joists or wood framing as the reaction)
  • Will stabilize bowed, leaning and sheared walls
  • Patented product – can only be installed by Manufacturer-Certified Installers

Specifications

  • Allowable Rod Capacity = 8,400 lbs.
  • Wall Plate: 10 gauge (0.134-inch thick) hot-rolled, embossed steel plate. Available in standard plate (approx. 195 sq. in.) or large plate (approx. 300 sq. in.)
  • Earth Anchor: Two cross-plated 10 gauge (0.134-inch thick) hot-rolled, embossed steel plates
  • Anchor Rods: nominal diameter 0.734 inch with rolled threads in 6.5 foot sections
  • Corrosion Resistant: wall anchor components hot-dipped galvanized in accordance with ASTM A-153.

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See ICC-ES Legacy Report #22-03 prepared by the International Code Council