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  • What Is an Insert Nut?

    What Is an Insert Nut?0

    Not all nuts feature a traditional hexagonal shape. While hexagonal nuts are popular because they are easier to turn — and therefore install — than other shapes, but that doesn’t mean all nuts are hexagonal. Insert nuts, for example, feature a cylindrical shape with exterior threading. As shown in the image to the left, they

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  • What Is a Swage Nut?

    What Is a Swage Nut?0

    Swage nuts play an important role in the aerospace manufacturing industry. They are commonly used in conjunction with bolts to join sheet metal with components. Swage nuts allow for a strong and permanent anchor thanks to their ability to swage the sheet metal in which they are installed. To learn more about swage nuts and

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  • The Reason Bolts and Nuts Are Hexagonal

    The Reason Bolts and Nuts Are Hexagonal0

    Hexagon has become the most common shape in which bolts and nuts, as well as many other fasteners, are made. Characterized by the presence of six sides, hexagonal fasteners are used in a variety of applications. You can find them in furniture, household appliances, building frames, kids’ toys, automobiles and more. Considering that dozens of

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  • Cut vs Wire Nails: What’s the Difference?

    Cut vs Wire Nails: What’s the Difference?0

    Characterized by a long and slender body and a flattened head, nails are used to fasten multiple objects together. As the nail is driven through the objects, the flattened head creates pressure that holds the objects together. Even if you’re familiar with the basic mechanics of nails, though, you might be surprised to learn that

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  • What Is a Captive Fastener?

    What Is a Captive Fastener?0

    While typically small in size, fasteners play an essential role in the production of countless goods and products. As their name suggests, they are designed to “fasten” two or more surfaces. Not all fasteners are the same, however. Conventional screws are the most common type of fasteners, but there are other types available, including captive

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  • Why Screws Pop Out of Drywall (and How to Prevent It)

    Why Screws Pop Out of Drywall (and How to Prevent It)0

    When installing drywall, construction companies and contractors use screws to secure the drywall panels to studs. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these screws to come out. Even if a screw was originally installed deep into the drywall, it may loosen over time. And as the screw reverses direction, it can eventually pop out. Unless you’re

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