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Important Terms to Know About Bolts and Nuts
Bolts and nuts are crucial components in machinery, construction equipment, automobiles and more. You can purchase screws, washers, fasteners and rivets at home improvement stores, to use alongside wood or cables. Choose from a variety of materials, such as stainless steel, chrome, aluminum and brass. To help you in your search here are some important terms to know about bolts and nuts:

U-bolts: Metal fixings that look like the letter U, with a pin or screw bolt closure that ensures a closed clamp.

Lock Nuts: A type of nut that fits into a piece of pipe and screws onto another pipe, joining the two together.

Screw Threads: Helical structures that switch between rotational and linear movement, featuring a ridge that wraps around a helix-shaped cylinder or cone. These are called a straight thread and tapered thread, respectively.

Lag Bolts: Heavy wood screws featuring a square or hexagonal head that are driven in with a wrench.

Cap Screws: Threaded screws that fasten and join parts together in construction and machine design. They are secured with screw threads.

Rivets: Metal bolts or pins that hold two metal plates together, inserted through aligned holes and hammered on one end to make a second head.

Carriage Bolts: Large bolts, used in applying wooden panels, that feature a round head.

Eye Bolts: Screws with a loop on one end and threads on the other, used to attach cables.

Flange: A rim or collar that juts out on a wheel or pipe, with the goal of strengthening an object in place or to another object.


STANDARD LISTINGS:   BOLTS-AND-NUTS IN/NEAR BOSTON
Bolt Depot Write review for this local business
286 Bridge St, North Weymouth, MA 02191
(781) 337-9888  
Electronic Fasteners Inc Write review for this local business
305 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-7780  
A and A Industrial Supply-Albeco Fastners Write review for this local business
792 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876
(978) 851-3226  
Bel-Metric Inc Write review for this local business
35 Westech Dr, Tyngsboro, MA 01879
(978) 649-6201  
Mack Fasteners Write review for this local business
122 Bridge St Ste 8, Pelham, NH 03076
(603) 635-3330  
Ja Landry Hardware Company Write review for this local business
688 Broad St, Central Falls, RI 02863
(401) 725-5860  
Samson Fastener Co Write review for this local business
43 Gigante Dr, Hampstead, NH 03841
(603) 329-4313  
Robbins Mfg Co Inc Write review for this local business
1200 Airport Rd, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 675-2555  
Fall River Manufacturing Inc Write review for this local business
95 Robb Way, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 675-2147  
Fastenal Write review for this local business
502 Bedford St, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 676-2260  
Ossco Bolt & Screw Co Inc Write review for this local business
1351 Elmwood Ave, Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 461-6900  
Warwick Industrial Fasteners Write review for this local business
50 Pennsylvania Ave, Warwick, RI 02888
(401) 739-9200  
General Supply and Metals Inc Write review for this local business
47 Nauset St, New Bedford, MA 02746
(508) 999-6257  
Ace Hardware Write review for this local business
5 Depot St, Goffstown, NH 03045
(603) 497-2682  
Northeast Fasteners Co Inc Write review for this local business
254 Taylor St, Granby, MA 01033
(413) 467-3986  

Nuts and bolts are generally manufactured by factories in bulk. Hand made fasteners are rare and even most artisans purchase their fasteners from stores.

They are sold by hardware stores and home improvement stores. Specialist automotive fasteners such as connecting rod bolts may also be sold by auto mechanics. Salesmen need the ability to advise on the correct fastener to sell.

For example, rivets are used when permanency is desired. As an alternative to rivets, nuts may be locked by various means, some of which are more permanent than others. Washers are generally used in plumbing. Lag bolts and carriage bolts are used to secure wood and things to wood. Heavy duty anchor bolts are used in concrete. Most bolts are metal. Stainless steel, aluminum and brass are used. Chromed bolts are sometimes used when appearances is desired, often with cap or acorn nuts. Most nuts and bolts are sold in metric sizes.

Eye bolts are used to support items. Salesmen may advise on the safety of eye bolts in various circumstances. They may also give advice on the appropriate installation of bolts and screws and how to avoid stripping the thread. Most bolts have male thread on the outside. Hex and square nuts are each valuable in particular situations, as are flanged nuts. Screws have various heads. Hardware stores also sell socket wrenches and other tools designed to apply torque to nuts. For some uses, they can be hand tightened, and winged nuts are especially designed to be secured in that manner.

Nuts and bolts are mass produced by machine, but often sold at the retail level, in various quantities. Salesmen need to understand all the different types and their purposes.



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