Do you know when is the best instance for using a lock nut instead of a lock washer? The debate may rage based on who you speak to, but both give your bolts a tight fit. To make the right decision, consider the final environment and type of application. Here is the basic breakdown of when you will want to use a locknut over a lock washer:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
The world of fasteners is expansive. Knowing when to use a fine thread bolt versus a coarse thread bolt helps ensure you have the right fastener for the job. You may think one screw will do the same as any other, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Remember that having the best tool in your hands makes things move along smoothly. Here are the basics in choosing when to pick a fine thread bolt or screw:
Saturday, 29 May 2021
Don’t be fooled. Just because your favourite fastener happens to be made of stainless steel does not mean it is impervious to rust. It is true. You may even find rust in as little as four or five days depending on the grade of steel used.
That means it is possible to walk out on your dock at the yacht club and find bolts discoloured in iron oxide. You might even see red streaks running down your shingles from rusted roofing nails.
If stainless steel fasteners can rust, then what makes them ‘stainless’? Here’s how:
- Your nuts and bolts are highly corrosion resistant.
- They have an invisible oxide coating from the presence of chromium in the alloy that protects the steel.
How do you ensure you do not have to deal with rust?
- Choose the best grade possible for the environment the fastener will be exposed to.
- Use paint on your fasteners to minimize the surface area exposed.
- Spray them with a zinc-based lacquer before securing them.
- Keep stainless steel fasteners clean and dry when possible.
Before you start your Honey-Do list or next contractor project, consider the type of fasteners you will need, and how they will be used. If you are building a dock, then consider a grade of 316. Considering re-roofing a home? You will want a grade 410.
Talk to the team at Ottawa Fastener Supply for help finding the best stainless steel bolts, screws, and nuts. We have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. Give us a call at and know you will get exactly what you need.
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Monday, 26 April 2021
When working on your home improvement project, you not only want to have the right tools for the job, but you need the right fasteners. Do you know what you are looking for when you want to attach your 2 x 4 boards to your 4 x 4 posts?
Monday, 22 March 2021
Choosing the best fastener for your project helps ensure it is built strong and will last for years. However, walking down the aisle of a hardware store and seeing hundreds of boxes of bolts, nuts, and screws overwhelms even the most hardened carpenter. Why so many different kinds? A bolt is a bolt is a bolt…right? They all do the same job, so why are there stainless steel and galvanized steel? Isn’t stainless the strongest? Does stainless steel ever rust or corrode? When is the best time and application for imperial sizes over metric?
What are fasteners?
How strong are stainless steel fasteners?
Will stainless steel fasteners ever rust?
What is the difference between the grades in Metric and Imperial bolts?
Do I need to pre-drill holes for screwing into wood? Steel? Rock?
When should I use fine thread nuts/bolts?
When should I use a lock washer vs. a lock nut?
Ottawa’s World-Famous Wall of Fasteners Has What You Need
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Cordless power tools make life much easier for the DIY-ers and professional tradespeople alike. They carry the same power as their corded counterparts without the hassles of extension cords and generators. Who doesn’t love grabbing their cordless drill and heading to the backyard to finish installing deck boards without having to stretch a long extension cord across the yard?Cordless power tools come with batteries that are the powerhouse behind getting your jobs done. They may seem a little tricky and bring their own questions. With the right answers, you can not only keep that to-do list short, you will have a piece of equipment ready for any task for years to come. Here are twelve common questions about power tool batteries.