Installing a Threaded Rod in Wood

What You'll Need
Adjustable wrench
Socket set
Rod anchor
Safety glasses
Variable speed reversible drill
Hex nuts matching threaded rod
Socket drill attachment

Threaded rod also called the all-thread or stud. When the stud is fixed to wood, it gives a very strong structural junction. The threading on the rod can be at the ends or along the rod's length. There are two types of threaded rods, the full-bided threaded rod and the undercut threaded rod. Their purpose is to accommodate any threaded object such as the nut. The thread on the rod is very finely polished. Hence, the rod can slip off the wood if you simply drill and thread the rod in wood. These threaded rods are used to build the tension. Once the threaded rods are installed in the wood, they can withstand the weight of about 1600 pounds. 

The primary requirement in installing a threaded rod into wood is to have the threaded rod of desired length, a few equally sized nuts and some special tools. The threaded rods can be inserted in wood by a vertical or a side mounted installation. Normally, you can install the threaded rods of 3/8-16 or 1/4-20 into wood, concrete or steel depending on the application. The rod anchoring for wood or steel does not require a pre-drilled hole. A threaded rod in wood is very expensive in the hardware shops and hence it is better to make one on your own. Installing a threaded rod in wood is a task made easy if the steps given below are followed. 

Step 1 - Safety Measure

Before you can start working on this task, wear the safety glasses to protect your eyes from physical damage.

Step 2 - Select The Socket

Choose an appropriate socket from the socket set to fix it onto the hex head of the threaded rod anchor.

Step 3 - Adjust The Reversible Drill

Open the chuck of the reversible drill. Now, fix the shaft of the socket drill attachment into the drill's chuck. 

Step 4 - Secure The Socket Attachment

Tighten the drill chuck to secure the attachment of the socket to the drill motor. Move the socket up till the square end of socket attachment. Now, at the end of the socket fix the rod anchor's hex head.

Step 5 - Drill The Wood

Mark the place on the wood joist where you will drill, to hang the threaded rod. Keep the rod anchor's self-drill tip on the wood. Slowly pull the drill motor's trigger and put some pressure onto the motor, so that drilling the rod anchor on the wood becomes easy.

Step 6 - Place The Hex Nut

When the anchor's flare part lies firmly against the wood, stop the drilling motor. At the end of the stud, thread-in the hex nut.

Step 7 - Test

Keep spinning the hex nut until you reach the rod anchor by and tighten it by using the adjustable wrench. Check whether the threaded rod is fixed in wood securely, by hanging some weight on it. You have successfully installed a threaded rod in wood.