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Fasteners & Fixings

Screws

There are a wide variety of different kinds of screws and different applications for each. When you are purchasing screws, you first need to know how it will be used.

  • Wood Screws - Are used to attach pieces of wood together. They are often used in large projects like constructing decks, wood sheds, doors and wood-framing projects.
  • Concrete Screws - Are used when screwing objects into concrete slabs or into concrete fiberboard. Concrete screws are made with a strong point that does not tear the concrete apart.
  • Galvanized Screws - Are appropriate for applications where the object being constructed will be outdoors or exposed to water.
  • Sheet Metal Screws - Are used specifically in metal fabrication applications. They are designed to withstand piercing into metal.

Nails

Most nails are made with either plain or galvanized steel. Other materials used to make nails are copper, aluminum and brass. Nails come in hundreds of different sizes.

  • Common nails - have flat heads and grooves located just under the head for better holding power. They are typically used for construction needs.
  • Finishing nails - have tiny heads. Can be used for many jobs, but are chosen for the finished look they leave behind.
  • Box nails - like common nails, have large heads but are made with a lighter gauge. Choose these if the wood or lumber you're working with is likely to split.
  • Roofing nails - are more self-explanatory than the others, as they are used for nailing down shingles and other roofing materials. They have larger heads than common nails and are made to withstand rust.
  • Threaded nails - also called ringed nails, are required when more holding power is wanted. They are nearly as strong as wood screws, but they are simply driven in with a hammer.
  • Brads - are similar to finishing nails, they have a more rounded head are slightly smaller.
  • Coated nails - sport a resin that operates like an adhesive when the nail is driven into place. Consequently, they provide extra holding power.
  • Masonry nails - are manufactured with extra-strength steel. Their shafts are made with spiral grooves for increased holding power. Goggles must be worn to protect your eyes from flying debris.

Nuts & Bolts

There are a number of different bolts and nuts on the market, each designed for specific applications.

  • Carriage Bolts - Traditionally designed for use in woodworking. The bolt features a rounded head minus a slot, as well as a square shoulder that fits in the sunken hole to stop it from turning when the nut is being tightened.
  • Stove Bolts - General utility fasteners. Their heads are slotted and can be oval, flat, or round. Their entire lengths are threaded.
  • Machine or Hex Bolts - Also for general utility. They have 6-sided heads and their lengths can be partly or wholly threaded. They are used with ratchets or wrenches.
  • Threaded Rods - Helpful when you require additional length, up to 2m. These do not have heads and can be cut to size using a hacksaw blade. Threaded rods are secured using bolts fastened on either end.
  • J-bolts, U-bolts, and Eyebolts - Used as hooks or as supports. These also do not have heads.
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