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  • 6 Fun Facts About Nails

    6 Fun Facts About Nails0

    Nails are a common fastener used in construction and woodworking applications. Consisting of a long and narrow piece of solid metal with a pointed tip and flattened head, they are used to secure two or more objects together. Even if you don’t use nails on a regular basis, you’re probably familiar with this otherwise common

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  • 5 Fast Facts About Hex Keys

    5 Fast Facts About Hex Keys0

    Not all fasteners require the use of a traditional Phillips head screwdriver. Some require other tools to tighten or loosen the fastener. Hex screws, for example, are characterized by a unique hexagonal shape that requires the use of a hex key. Using a hex key, you can easily tighten or loosen a hex screw. Today,

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  • What Is a Belleville Washer?

    What Is a Belleville Washer?0

    Also known as a disc spring or cupped spring washer, a Belleville washer is a unique washer-style fastener that’s characterized by a cupped construction. As shown in the image here, Belleville washers don’t lie flat. Rather, they feature a canonical shape in which the inner portion is higher than the lower portion. Belleville washers are

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  • What Is an Anchor Bolt?

    What Is an Anchor Bolt?0

    An anchor bolt is a used type of fastener that’s designed to connect one or more objects to a concrete surface. With concrete being brittle, you can use conventional bolts for applications such as this. To ensure the connected object or objects remains in place, you must use anchor bolts. The Basics of Anchor Bolts

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  • Sheet Metal Nuts: A Complete Guide to This Unique Fastener

    Sheet Metal Nuts: A Complete Guide to This Unique Fastener0

    Sheet metal nuts are fasteners that are designed to resist vibrations. Like other locknuts, they don’t loosen or otherwise come undone when exposed to vibrations. Rather, they remain secure, connecting the objects on which they are installed. What Is a Sheet Metal Nut? Also known as a speed nut, a sheet metal nut is an

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  • What Is a Threaded Insert?

    What Is a Threaded Insert?0

    Threaded fasteners are often used in conjunction with a threaded insert to join two or more objects. Also known as threaded bushings, they provided female threaded to support the use of a fastener with male threading, such as a screw or bolt. The threaded insert is embedded inside an object, after which a screw or

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