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  • The Purpose of Washers and Why They’re Used With Fasteners

    The Purpose of Washers and Why They’re Used With Fasteners0

    Typically consisting of a flattened, circular- or disc-shaped piece of metal with a hole in the middle, washers are often used in conjunction with threaded fasteners. Before a threaded fastener like a screw is driven into a surface, a washer may be placed through the end. The actual washer, however, isn’t driven into the surface,

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  • 6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hinge

    6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hinge0

    While most commonly associated with doors, hinges are used in a wide range of applications, some of which include cabinets, windows, briefcases, gates and storage containers. With their rotating axis, they allow two joined objects to move freely. On a door, for example, a hinge allows the door to swing open and closed. Whether you’re

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  • What Are Wall Anchor Fasteners?

    What Are Wall Anchor Fasteners?0

    Wall plugs, or what’s more commonly known as wall anchors, are fasteners used to support another fastener like a screw that’s driven into a weak or brittle surface. As the name suggests, they are most commonly used in walls, such as drywall or plaster. If the wall isn’t able to load held by the fastener,

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  • The 3 Primary Types of Threaded Fasteners

    The 3 Primary Types of Threaded Fasteners0

    Fasteners are the mechanical components used to temporarily join two or more objects. While there are other ways to join objects — welding, brazing, adhesives, crimping, etc. — fasteners are often preferred because they can be easily removed. Threaded fasteners are particularly effective at joining multiple objects due to their threaded design. Featuring either internal

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  • Who Invented The Rivet? A “Riveting” Bit Of Aviation History.

    Who Invented The Rivet? A “Riveting” Bit Of Aviation History.0

    The Rivet is as critical to airplane construction as the lightweight aluminum from which they are made. It did not take long for engineers to determine that the dome head rivet was causing a lot of drag, leading to the development of the flush rivet. History gives Howard Hughes credit for both the butt joint

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  • How Does a Spring Pin Work?

    How Does a Spring Pin Work?0

    Also known as a roll pin, a spring pin is a type of fastener that’s used to join two or more machine components. They are called “spring pins” because they contain a spring that expands upon insertion. What’s perplexing about spring pins, however, is their size. They are wider than the hole in which they

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