Feb 12, 2014

Along with nuts, bolts are an essential piece of hardware to guarantee secure fastenings for all types of objects during the construction process. Nuts and bolts alike come in many different types, and choosing the right one is an essential part of buying materials for a construction or home renovation job. Below are some of the most common types of nuts used in construction projects today:

  • Cap Screw: Cap screws are the most common type of nuts, and are useful for many different projects. They can be found in a variety of different lengths and widths, so you are almost guaranteed to find one that it is the perfect fit for your project.

  • Carriage Bolt: Carriage bolts have a round shaft with a short square section directly beneath the head. This gives them extra gripping power when threaded through a slippery surface like particle board. The square section prevents the screw from turning when the nut is tightened.

  • Hex Bolt: A hex bolt has a six sided head that makes it easy to grip with a wrench or other tool. These are good for use in hard to reach areas because they do not require as much work to grip and turn. Like cap screws, hex bolts are usually paired with matching hex nuts.

  • Fine Adjustment Bolt: Fine adjustment bolts have spiral threads that are packed more closely together than what you would find on a regular bolt. The use of a fine adjustment bolt is generally confined to mirrors and optical lighting devices that need to be moved a fraction of a millimeter at a time.

  • Set Bolt: A set bolt is used to secure an object within another object. It is fully threaded and does not have a head, so it can be screwed down so that the top is completely flush with the hole into which it is being inserted. This type of bolt is most often used in building machine parts, such as securing a pulley to a shaft.

As you can see, there are many different types of hardware fasteners that you could use for your upcoming project. Learning about each type will help you to choose the right bolt for the job. Call (800) 603-6887 today for information about the impressive selection of bolts available at Copper State.