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  • What Is a Countersunk Screw?

    What Is a Countersunk Screw?0

    Featuring exterior helical ridges, screws are among the world’s most commonly used fasteners. The exterior ridges, or threading, allow screws to remove material from the object or surface in which they are inserted. As you drive a screw into a wall, for example, some of the excess material will ride up along the ridges to

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  • Why Some Screws Have a Partially Threaded Shank

    Why Some Screws Have a Partially Threaded Shank0

    Consisting of a head, shank and tip, screws are one of the world’s most commonly used fasteners. Like bolts, they are designed to connect multiple objects or surfaces together. When comparing the different types of screws, though, you may notice that some of them all have a partially threaded shank. What Is the Shank? The

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  • How JIS Screws Differ From Phillips Head Screws

    How JIS Screws Differ From Phillips Head Screws0

    Not all screws use a traditional Phillips head. While Phillips screws are the most common, there are other types of screws used in the manufacturing of products, including JIS. An initialism for Japanese Industrial Standard, JIS screws are commonly used in electronics, as well as other products, that are manufactured in Japan. Unless you’re familiar

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  • What Is a Cotter Pin?

    What Is a Cotter Pin?0

    It’s not uncommon for bolts to loosen over time. If a bolt is attached to a machine, for instance, the vibrations produced by the machine may cause it to come out. There are ways to secure bolts in place, however, including the use of a clutter pin. But what exactly is a cotter pin? The

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  • Why Nails Are the Preferred Fastener in Construction

    Why Nails Are the Preferred Fastener in Construction0

    Nails and screws are the two most common types of fasteners. As you may know, the main difference between them is that the nails have a smooth shaft, whereas screws have a threaded shaft. The presence of exterior threading allows screws to create a stronger and more secure hold when joining two or more objects.

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  • Galvanized vs Zinc-Plated Screws: Which Is Best?

    Galvanized vs Zinc-Plated Screws: Which Is Best?0

    Screws are often plated with zinc or galvanized to protect against corrosion. Technically speaking, galvanized screws feature a protective zinc shell as well. Because of the similarities between them, many people assume that galvanized screws and zinc-plated screws are the same. While they both feature a protective zinc shell, though, they each involve a different

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