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  • What Is a Tap Wrench? Here’s What You Should Know

    What Is a Tap Wrench? Here’s What You Should Know0

    Wrenches are commonly used to install and remove fasteners. They consist of a handle with an opening or bit at the end that’s able to grab a fastener. Not all wrenches are the same, however. In addition to socket and open-end wrenches, there are tap wrenches. What are tap wrenches exactly, and how do they

  • What Are Set Screws?

    What Are Set Screws?0

    When most people think of screws, they envision traditional threaded fasteners with a pointed tip and a head. Screws are available in a variety of materials, sizes and specifications. While most of them feature this traditional design, though, some of them feature an alternative design. There are set screws, for instance, that are devoid of

  • Minor vs Major Thread Diameter of Fasteners

    Minor vs Major Thread Diameter of Fasteners0

    Not all screws are the same. While all screws have a pointed end and a threaded shaft, they are available in different sizes. In addition to different lengths, you can find screws in different thread diameters. There are minor and major thread diameters, however. Both of these specifications refer to the size of a screw’s

  • How to Keep Screws From Stripping

    How to Keep Screws From Stripping0

    Have you ever tried to remove a screw, only to discover that it’s stripped? You aren’t alone. Stripped screws are a common occurrence. Stripping is characterized by damage to a screw’s head recess. When the head recess becomes worn or otherwise damaged, it may no longer support a screwdriver bit. You might be able to

  • Screw Pitch vs Lead: What’s the Difference

    Screw Pitch vs Lead: What’s the Difference0

    Screws are one of the most common types of fasteners. Consisting of a threaded shank with a head on the top and a tip on the bottom, they are used to secure multiple objects together. When shopping for screws, however, you may come across the terms “pitch” and “lead.” They are specifications that reflect certain

  • What Are Split Washers?

    What Are Split Washers?0

    Washers are commonly used with bolts and nuts. Consisting of a disk-shaped piece of metal, they are designed to distribute the load of a bolt. You can place a washer around a bolt, after which you can drive the bolt into an object, followed by securing the end with a nut. While most washers consist