A Buyer’s Guide to Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and bolts are some of the most critical and versatile fastening hardware you will need for a wide range of uses. These fastening equipment are designed to connect different pieces together. Usually, the bolt is the piece with a head and a threaded and unthreaded shaft. The unthreaded section helps prevent the bolt from snapping by carrying much of the load. On the other hand, the threaded section allows the nut (which has internal threads) to pull all your pieces together. However, like most fasteners, nuts and bolts are designed for specific uses. Therefore, they come in different options. That means choosing one for your application requires paying extra attention to some details to get the best. Here is a guide that can help you in your selection.

Understand Your Needs First

Knowing what your application requires is the first step to getting the right nuts and bolts for the job. That's because they come in different sizes, shapes, groove types, etc., to suit unique project needs. For instance, some bolts, like carriage bolts, are designed to fit through predrilled holes, ideal for securing outdoor fixtures like decks and furniture. You may also find eye bolts that contain a loop at the end where you can secure a rope or chain for different purposes. 

On the other hand, wing nuts, which contain wing-like protrusions, are meant for use by hand. Their coupling counterparts, as the name implies, can help you join two bolts together. Therefore, keenly evaluate your needs to help narrow down your options when looking for nuts and bolts.

Consider The Size

Nuts and bolts are available in a wide range of sizes. Therefore, be careful when buying them to ensure you have the right size for your application. Typically, size refers to the diameter and length of the nuts and bolt. Choosing the wrong size will always lead to poor results. For instance, smaller nuts and bolts will result in weak joints and connections. On the other hand, bigger nuts and bolts than you need would be impractical for use, making them costly and resulting in wastage.

Think About the Material

Nuts and bolts also come in different material options. Consider strength and durability when choosing nuts and bolts for the best results. However, it's also best to think about the environment before choosing materials for your nuts and bolts. For instance, steel is one of the standard materials you will find when buying nuts and bolts. It's preferred for its strength and longevity. However, it's may not be the most suitable option for chlorine and saltwater conditions because of its susceptibility to corrosion. Therefore, go for options with anti-corrosive properties like aluminium. You may also go for options with corrosion-resistant finishes like powder-coated finishes and zinc-plated bolts and nuts.