How fasteners impact the structural integrity of a building

Generally, the structural integrity of a building is its ability to withstand its intended loading without failure. This includes live load – the weight of objects, people, rain, and wind. Fasteners can either make or break the structural integrity of a building. For instance, using inferior or sub-standard bolts and nuts affects the joining of…

Why you should bypass home improvement stores when looking for fasteners

Although home improvement stores are marketed as one-stop-shops for every construction need of home and business owners, the fact is that these fastener retailers often fall short when it comes to helping their customers. Consider the following: Selection Many home improvement stores only dedicate approximately one-to-four aisles to fastening systems. They often fill the shelves…

I can’t afford quality fasteners!

This is a common problem we hear from individuals. However, ask yourself if you can afford the damages to your construction when your low-quality fasteners fail? The importance of quality fasteners cannot be underestimated. From guaranteeing the durability of a structure to ensuring safety, with the right fasteners, you can avoid unnecessary expenses such as…

Carriage bolts, and low heads, and spring nuts, oh my!

As the title of this blog suggests, there are many, many different types of fasteners and fastener systems to choose from. For instance, don’t make the mistake of using a lag screw on your project when a smaller size wood grip screw is what you need. In short, don’t be in a hurry and just…

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…

Fasteners 101: Decorative nails

Decorative nails aren’t commonly thought of as a fastener by many people even though their primary purpose is to fasten together materials. These nails are also commonly known as upholstery nails or tacks. Consider the following: Decorative nails traditionally help professional and do-it-yourself furniture builders to attach upholstery and padding to underlying framework on furniture.…
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