The Nuts and Bolts of it….
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that matter the most. This is true when it comes to nuts, bolts, washers, nails, and screws. These unsung heroes of construction are just as important as the main materials used in the project. Without fasteners, walls wouldn’t stand, chairs would fall apart, and we’d run out of glue trying to hold the world together. So, we have these little guys to thank for keeping us intact!
Not all fasteners, nuts, and washers are the same. They are made of various materials and are each designed for a specific purpose. Before beginning your project, be sure to take into consideration the types of fasteners you will need.
Fasteners: made of various materials such as stainless steel, galvanized brass, chrome, and zinc. They are threaded and shaped for a specific purpose. Various types are wood screws, sheet metal screws, carriage bolts, hex bolts, machine screws, eye bolts, J-bolts, U-bolts, shoulder bolts, and elevator bolts.
Head types: offered in various shapes, once again, for a purpose related to its job. Flat, oval, pan, truss, round, hex, hex washer, slotted hex washer, button and socket caps.
Drive types: all threaded fasteners need a way to be driven into the material. For example, a slotted drive would need a flat head screwdriver. Select your drive types based on the kind of tools that you have available for your project. Phillips, slotted, combination, Frearson, Allen, square, one way and star are varieties of drive types.
Nuts: used to secure a bolt to the applied material. Hex, wing, cap, jam, nylon, acorn, flange, tee, square, prevailing torque lock, and coupling are some types of nuts.
Washers: designed to help distribute the load, or pressure, across an even plane so as not to damage the surface of the material. Varieties include: flat, fender, finishing, split lock, square, dock, external tooth lock, internal tooth lock, ogee, and sealing
As you can see, there are many types of components to consider. But, you don’t have to weed through it alone. Our knowledgeable staff here at Shell Lumber will help you find the fasteners that will work best in your project. Whether you are building a dog house for Fido or drilling into a concrete pole, we’ll know what you’ll need to make your project a success – and stay together!
Shell Lumber is a premier hardware supplier in the Miami, FL area. Visit us at http://www.shelllumber.com or give us a call at 305-856-6401