Do You Have the Right Knob for the Job?

Virtually every machine, application, and piece of technology requires the use of a knob. There are many different types of knobs that can be used for the same purpose. They may have a completely different look, feel, and control but … Read More

Comparing the Different Types of Washers

A washer is a common type of hardware that’s typially used to evenly distribute the force/load of a screw or nut. However, washers can also be used as spacers, wear pads, preload indicating devices, locking devices, prevent corrosion, and to … Read More

How Steel Shaped the Modern-Day World

Steel is a metal alloy made of iron and carbon. It’s high tensile strength and low production cost make it ideal for use in construction. Furthermore, “stainless steel” contains special alloys that protect against rust and corrosion. This otherwise simply … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Bolts, Screws and Studs

Bolts, screws and studs are used extensively in the manufacturing industry. Although similar in appearance, however, each item has its own unique purpose and characteristics. To learn more about the nuances between bolts, screws and studs — and which one … Read More

Stainless Steel vs Galvanized

If you’ve done any shopping for screws, you’ve probably noticed that some of them are made of 100% stainless steel, whereas others are made of galvanized steel. Based on this alone, it’s difficult to identify the differences between them. After … Read More

How to Remove a Stripped Screw

It’s bound to happen sooner or later: you are attempting to remove a screw from a piece of lumber or material, only to strip away the head to the point where it no longer “sticks” to your screwdriver or screw … Read More

How Self-Tapping Screws Work

There are literally hundreds of different types of screws available, ranging in size, shape, material, and design. One of these types is the self-tapping screw, which live up to its namesake by tapping into its own hole as it is … Read More