Fasteners Explained: Which one is right for you?

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Posted on October 15, 2017



A fastener is a term used to describe a range of components that are used to attach two or more pieces of material together, such as nails, screws, bolts, rivets and anchors. Here is a breakdown of these five fasteners: their purpose and how to choose the right one for the job.

1. Nails

Fast and easy, nails are commonly used in construction projects to join together a wide variety of materials to a wood base or support system. There are many varieties of nail fasteners available, like those with spiral or serrated shafts for greater holding force. The downside to nails, is that overtime they can loosen and pull out. Choosing the correct nail type will increase its chances of holding together longer, such as one with a larger head which will also increase its holding force, but also won’t allow it to be pulled through the top surface of the material.

2. Screws

Screws work quite similarly to nails, except that they have a threaded shaft and larger diameter head in order to provide a bearing surface when securing materials together. Keep in mind, the tip of your screw is not meant to extrude out of the surface of your base material, so choose your length carefully. There are a wide variety of screws available that vary in finish looks, securing strength, length and width.

3. Bolts

Like screws, bolts have a threaded shaft, but unlike screws they don’t have a point. A bolts flat bottom is used in conjunction with a nut for tightening the materials together from both ends. You can choose between a rounded, flush or countersunk surface finish, with different drive types and it can also be used with a washer for added bearing surface. This fastener is a strong and durable option, but it does require access to both ends of the materials for tightening.

4. Rivets

A rivet is used to join thin materials together, as it doesn’t have any thread and therefor doesn’t use the shaft for securing. It requires a hole to pass through, and a tool to pull the shaft through and compress the rived at the base. It works by trapping the two materials between the head and base of the rivet. To remove, a rivet must be drilled out, so measure twice apply once.

5. Anchors

An anchor is a term given to a variety of fasteners that combine bolting with another form of mechanical fixation. They work by passing through a predrilled hole in the materials and are tightened by a central bolt. They work well with a wide variety of materials, and in some cases, are removable, so like the rivets make sure to calculate your application of this style of fastener carefully.

Bolt In stocks a wide range of fasteners and tools, plus can customise any order to suit your individual needs perfectly. Contact us or visit us at our Gold Coast shop to discuss with our expert team the right fastener options for you and the job.

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