How to use fasteners with MDF

Medium-density fiberboard, an engineered material made through binding wood fibers and resin and intense application of heat and pressure, challenges do-it-yourself enthusiasts and professionals alike. MDF’s cost-effectiveness, smooth surface and density make it better than other materials in many ways. Yet, it lacks durability in various scenarios, such as when applying force to it with…

Top reasons you should never rely only on bonding adhesives

Late-night infomercial hosts regale sleepy viewers with stories about bonding adhesives and glues that are supposedly better than nails, screws, and other mechanical fasteners at holding together two or more materials. Although durable, super-strong adhesives exist, you should never use these bonding substances alone when you want materials to stay fastened together for more than…

How to choose the right fastener for your home renovation project

Home renovation projects are vital as they increase your home’s energy efficiency and its property value. However, failure to use the right fasteners can impact the structural integrity of your home. For instance, using the wrong bolts to join parts can cause them to fail in the future, putting you and your loved ones at…

A home buying guide: types of rivets

Rivets are a type of mechanical fastener used to join small electronic assemblies and large structural elements. They come in different sizes and materials, and they require access on both sides so that once inserted, the unheaded side can be mechanically deformed. Here are some common types of rivets: Blind rivets – these require access…
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