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The Construction Fixings Association.

Everything you need to know about drilled in fixings and anchors for concrete, masonry & plasterboard.

First established in 1979 the Construction Fixings Association represents the major manufacturers of fixing systems which are set in drilled holes in all construction materials including Concrete, Brickwork, Blockwork, Stonework and Plasterboard - many with European Technical Approvals (ETAs). The CFA offers support to all stakeholders involved in the "Fixings chain" - Specifiers, Distributors, Contractors, Installers and Testers and works with UK and European bodies to satisfy our mission statement of "Ensuring best fixings practice".

The three panels below are dedicated to the three key stakeholders whose interests we serve. The menus under each heading have been specially selected to contain topics of particular interest to each. Specifiers clicking on Guidance Notes, for instance, will see a selection of those documents more likely to be of interest to them. The full list of each subject is available from the main navigation bar. 

 

Specifiers

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Guidance Notes

Structured guidance on a wide variety of technical topics. Listed here are a selection of interest for Specifiers. For the full list of Guidance Notes go to

 

Publications and Downloads.

Articles

Less formal articles on a wide variety of topics, written specifically for this website. Those shown here are expected to be of interest to Specifiers. For the full list of Articles go to Publications and Downloads.

"How to" guides

"How to" guides are a series of introductions to BS 8539 to help each stakeholder understand how BS 8539 affects them. For specifiers only one is needed: How to select anchors in accordance with BS 8539

CFA 8539 Forms

In support of specifiers and others wishing to implement BS 8539 the CFA has assembled a set of six forms designed to help gather and disseminate information. Go to CFA 8539 Forms.  All are fillable pdfs. 

Find Your Nearest Approved Tester

To find a company that knows how fixings work and how to test them according to the CFA look no further. Click here

Anchor Selector

A summary of the factors to be taken into account in selecting anchors with a selector chart and flow charts to help identify the appropriate ETAG to look for. 

CPD Seminar

Full Members will attend your offices to present a CPD seminar on the new British Standard BS 8539 the Code of Practice for the selection and installation of post-installed  anchors in concrete and masonry. To request a seminar click here.

Video clips - Technical Topics

A brief introduction to BS 8539. More topics will follow.

Technical Contacts at Full Members

Contact details for technical specialists at full members  can be found here.

Sample Specification Formats

Format documents in word to assist specifiers in calling up anchors so that they are purchased and installed correctly. Will help comply with BS 8539. For the full list Click here.

Distributors

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Guidance Notes

Structured guidance on a wide variety of technical topics. Listed here are a selection of interest for Distributors. Others from the full  list of Guidance Notes may also be of interest go to Guidance Notes and Downloads.

Articles

Less formal articles on a wide variety of topics, some written specifically for this website, some for Fastener and Fixing magazine which are of special interest for Distributors. Those shown here are expected to be of interest to Distributors. To see all our Articles go to Guidance Notes and Downloads.

Anchor Selector

A summary of the factors to be taken into account in selecting anchors with a selector chart and flow charts to help identify the appropriate ETAG to look for.

Video clips - Technical Topics

A brief introduction to BS 8539. More topics will follow.

Sales Contacts at Full Members

For distributors to make direct contact with the sales departments at Full Members click here for contact details:

 

   

Become an Approved Distributor

For the benefits of becoming an Approved Distributor and how to apply click here.

"How to" supply anchors

BS 8539 sets out the role and responsibilities of distributors in supplying fixings for safety critical applications. The "How to supply" guide summarises them. 

Contractors / Installers

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"How to" install anchors

Sadly the cause of many "accidents" involving fixings can be laid at the door of "poor installation". Either because installers are untrained or unsupervised or not using the correct equipment or just not following the manufacturer's instructions. BS 8539 sets out clearly the responsibilities of contractors and installers to make sure they use the right fixing and install it correctly. This "How to" guide summarises that involvement.  

Guidance Notes

Detailed guidance on a wide variety of technical topics selected to be of particular interest for Contractors and Installers. For the full list of Guidance Notes go to Guidance Notes and Downloads.

Articles

Less formal articles on a wide variety of topics, some written specifically for this website these are of particular interest for Installers. For the full list of Articles go to Guidance Notes and Downloads.

Competent Installer Training

BS 8539 recommends that installers are trained in the correct procedures for installing anchors. Certified Competent Installer training to the CFA Academy syllabus will satisfy this requirement.

Sample Method Statements

Method statements for the installation of 10 common anchor types, designed to provide more detail than the on pack pictograms they nonetheless do not replace the manufacturers instructions. 

Anchor Selector

A summary of the factors to be taken into account in selecting anchors with a selector chart and flow charts to help identify the appropriate ETAG to look for.

Find Your Nearest Approved Distributor

If you are looking for a reliable supplier of premium anchoring products our Approved Distributors can be found here.  A locator will find the nearest - selectable by brand.

Find Your Nearest Approved Testers

To find a company that knows how fixings work and how to test them according to CFA procedures look no further. Click here

Video Clips - Installation methods

Typical installation procedures for the common types of anchors.  Short presentations for on site training will follow shortly.