Tuesday, 20 July 2021

When Should I Use a Lock Washer versus a Lock Nut?

 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:

  • When you need something that can handle the pressure that comes with torquing down a bolt or screw, choose a lock washer.
  • Another time to use a lock washer is when you are working on a project where the bolt will be in an area with a lot of heat or vibration, such as your car. For example, your muffler handles an enormous amount of heat and vibrations during your daily drive.
  • For those home projects that neither need nor can handle the torque required to tighten it, use a locknut. An example of an ideal use for locknuts is light fixtures.

Get the tightest fit for your project when you use a locknut or lock washer appropriately. These tiny tools make your bolts tight, so you can rest assured that what you need fastened, will stay fastened! Why not keep a selection available for quick fix-ups? The crew at Ottawa Fastener Supply can get you set up with the best selection for the general uses around your home and work place.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

When Should I Use Fine Thread Nuts or Bolts in My Projects?

 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:

  • You have a piece of metal that you want to affix to another. In this case, you should pick a fine threaded bolt.
  • You have two metal pieces that you want to affix together with a washer and nut. This case also calls for a fine threaded bolt.
  • When you have pre-threaded metal parts, grab your fine threaded fasteners for the tightening.
  • If you need to make fine adjustments or have a piece that will be exposed to vibrations, choose the fine threads.
  • Coarse threaded fasteners are handy for most other applications as they resist stripping and nicking. They are also much faster and easier to use.

Pick the right fasteners for your next project with help from the team at Ottawa Fastener Supply. We house all the nuts, bolts, and tools you could imagine. Give us a call to pick our brains regarding all things related to fasteners. Then head out to build or fix those items left on your list. Need hand tools to tighten those bolts? We can help with that, too!

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Saturday, 29 May 2021

Will Stainless Steel Fasteners Ever Rust?

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

What are fasteners?

 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?

Fasteners are more tools in your toolbox. They are strong arms of your project holding two pieces of material together. The pieces can be made of wood, metal, or some polymer material. The joint is non-permanent since technically both parts can be separated later down the road. Here are some additional points to keep in mind:

Fasteners come in many different forms, for example, you can find the following in your Ottawa Fastener Supply inventory:

  • Nuts
  • Concrete Anchors
  • Inserts
  • Washers
  • Threaded rods
  • Rivets
  • Retaining Rings

Additionally, each type of fastener can be made of different materials that fit your project specifications, such as:

  • Carbon Steel
  • Alloy Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Aluminum

You can find your bolts, nuts, and other fasteners with coating to slow corrosion or completely uncoated. If you are not sure which type will work the best for your project, ask us. We’ll be glad to help.

Choosing the right tools aids in making your next project run smoother. Sometimes, finding the best fastener requires assistance from a knowledgeable team focused on your success. Before you begin your weekend Honey-Do list, contact us and let us help you obtain the correct fasteners so that you get the results you are looking for. We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise. Give us a call today!

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Monday, 22 March 2021

7 Commonly Asked Questions about Fasteners

 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?

If you have ever stood in the middle of a fastener aisle and scratched your head in confusion and frustration, you are in the right place. At Ottawa Fastener Supply, we understand. We make it our mission to provide contractors and DIY warriors with the correct type of fastener for their projects. We are happy to take time and chat about what you are building or repairing and then find the best nuts, bolts, or screws for the mission. We even have a world-famous wall of fasteners just waiting for you to explore.

It is helpful to combat feelings of overwhelm with knowledge. Before you step foot in any hardware or home improvement store, check out the answers to these seven most commonly asked questions in Ottawa about fasteners.

What are fasteners?

Fasteners are tools that hold two pieces together in a non-permanent joint. For example, using a deck screw to attach a deck board to a ledger board creates a joint. Because in theory, these two pieces can be separated, they are considered non-permanent. Unless you are welding, you will most likely be creating non-permanent joints using your drill or screwdriver.

What are Fasteners?

We most commonly think of bolts and screws as fasteners. The idea is correct but not complete. Other fastener categories include nuts, concrete anchors, inserts, washers, threaded rods, rivets, and retaining rings.

As a weekend DIY warrior or a contractor, understanding the different types of fasteners and their best uses can make or break your project. You can find screws, bolts, and nuts in carbon steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, Inconel stainless steel, titanium, and aluminum. They can be coated, which slows corrosion or uncoated. Each type serves a specific purpose.

How strong are stainless steel fasteners?

People believe that stainless steel is stronger than regular steel, but that is not necessarily the case. You may hear it referred to as a soft metal. It is an alloy of low carbon steel and chromium. The low carbon steel cannot be hardened, so it is technically weaker than regular steel.

Stainless steel is popular to use for consumer products. It has hygienic properties, making it useful for surgical and culinary products. It is easy to fabricate and is appealing to the eye. That doesn’t mean it is the best choice for industrial-type projects.

To enhance its strength, stainless steel comes in different grades. For example, 18-8 stainless is comprised of about 18% chromium and 8% nickel and is used primarily for hardware. Stainless 316 is resistant to saltwater and chlorine environments, while stainless 410 is harder than 18-8.

Here are some uses of common grades of stainless steel fasteners:

18-8: marine application both fresh and soft water

305: deck screws for use with wood or composite boards

316: saltwater application – boats, docks, piers, and pools

410: roofing screws, siding screws, and self-tapping screws

Will stainless steel fasteners ever rust?

It is possible for stainless steel fasteners to rust even though they are highly corrosion resistant. This type of steel has the magical power to self-repair. It has an invisible oxide coating that protects the steel from external factors. This adds to its ability to fight rust, especially in an oxygen-rich environment.

To ensure your fasteners will not rust, you will want to choose the best grade for the environment the screws and bolts will be exposed to. Are you building a dock or pier for the local yacht club by the sea? Then it would be best if you choose grade 316 stainless steel. If you are re-roofing a residential home, then you want to consider 410 stainless.

What is the difference between the grades in Metric and Imperial bolts?

The main difference between the grades in metric and imperial bolts is how each is measured. Metric bolt heads are measured in millimeters while Imperial (or standard) are measured in inches or fractions of inches.

Metric and Imperial Bolts

Metric bolts utilize the metric system of measurement, even if they are designed in the United States. You can find markings on the heads of metric fasteners that indicate how strong the bolt is, or what’s called its tensile strength.

You will find standard sized fasteners primarily come from the United States. The two basic types of standard bolts are found in the Unified National fine thread and coarse thread. You will not usually find numeric markings on the heads. Instead, you will see lines on the heads. To discover the strength of an imperial bolt, you have to measure the number of threads.

Do I need to pre-drill holes for screwing into wood? Steel? Rock?

It pays to drill pilot holes before screwing in your fastener. Pre-drilling saves you heartache and frustration as you progress through your project.

Let’s take wood. When you drive a screw into wood without pre-drilling a hole, you push the wood fibers out of the way to make room for the fastener. The displaced threads put added pressure on the screw and can cause cracking and splitting of the wood. By creating pilot holes, your screw will not break off, and the wood will not crack.

Screws are not made to drill through metal easily. You may be able to use a self-drilling fastener; however, you can use pre-drilling to save your material and your patience when you don’t have any. You can also use any drill. You just want to use the best choice in drill bits for the material you’re working with.

For rock, you want to use a hammer drill because the material is much harder than wood and steel. You will also want to grab some masonry drill bits.

When should I use fine thread nuts/bolts?

You will want to use fine threaded bolts when working with metal. For example, you have an already threaded piece of metal that you affix to another piece of metal. It also applies if you have two metal pieces that need fastening together with a washer and nut.

Fine Thread Nuts

In short, fine threaded nuts and bolts work best with pre-threaded metal parts. Fine threaded nuts and bolts are great for applications that need finer adjustments, exposed to many vibrations, and require less torque to tighten.

For most applications, you can use a coarse threaded fastener. They are resistant to stripping, less likely to nick, and are easier and faster to assemble.

When should I use a lock washer vs. a lock nut?

Either choice will give you a tight fit for your bolts. There is a bit of a difference based on the type and environment of the application. Don’t worry. There are just as many types of lock nuts and lock washers as opportunities to use them!

A lock washer can handle the pressure of torqueing a bolt or screw down and is best used for those projects where there is a lot of heat or vibration. Consider if you are working on your car’s alternator or changing the muffler. There is no other place that you can get quite the combination of heat and vibration than your daily drive.

You will find locknuts used primarily in home projects that don’t need or cannot handle a lot of torque to tighten it. These might include light fixtures.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

What Does “AH” or “ah” Mean on a Battery?


Select Your Cordless Tools Wisely

While the convenience of cordless power tools makes them extremely valuable for DIYers, as well as professional tradespeople, a key aspect that sets them apart is how long these tools work between recharges. The letters “Ah” or “AH”(“amp-hour” or “ampere-hour”) that you see on your battery essentially denote the charge capacity. The number alongside the letters will tell you the total amount of current the battery will consistently deliver to your tool over the course of an hour. For example, a 2.0ah battery draws 2 amps of power and you will need to recharge it after 60 minutes of continuous use (under ideal circumstances).

Should Battery Capacity Influence Your Choice of Power Tools?

Batteries play a significant role in optimizing the performance of your power tools. Before selecting your power tools, consider some of these aspects related to the tool batteries:

  • Capacity: What is the battery’s“Ah”? While theoretically a 4Ah battery should last double the time of a 2Ah battery, in reality there are other mitigating factors that determine battery capacity or longevity. This includes construction of the battery (NiCd or Lithium-ion) and the voltage of the tool.
  • Charging time: How long does it take to recharge the battery to full capacity?
  • Portability: How easy is it to carry the batteries around from one job to another? What are the potential risks during transportation?
  • Storage criteria: Is there any specific temperature or manner in which you need to store the batteries?
  • Cycle life: How many times can you recharge the battery before it needs to be replaced?

At Ottawa Fastener Supply, we carry a large selection of cordless tools, batteries and other accessoriesfrom reputed brands, such as DEWALT®, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee® and more. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in making the best choice for your projects.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

12 Common Questions about Cordless Power Tool Batteries

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.

What does “Ah” or “AH” mean on a battery?

When you see the letters “Ah” or “AH” on your battery, it stands for ampere-hour or amp hour. It refers to the charge capacity of the battery. That is how much current you can expect to be delivered consistently to your tool over the course of an hour. Let’s say your battery has 2.0Ah. That means it will draw 2 amps of power and will be drained after an hour of continuous use. Keep in mind, this is under ideal conditions.

Is a higher Ah battery better?

In theory, yes, a 4Ah battery “should” last twice as long as a 2Ah battery. However, there are always mitigating factors. For instance, the amperage raw of the tool being used with the battery and how the battery was constructed, play into the longevity of run time you can expect. If the batteries are connected in series, it may double the voltage but not increase the run time of your power tool. When connected in parallel, the run time is longer even though the voltage doesn’t increase.

How long do tool batteries last?

It depends. In general, most major power tool brands (DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita, etc.) carry a minimum 3-year warranty on their batteries. Of course, there are limitations and external factors that affect the lifespan of your power tool batteries. These factors include the state of the pack’s charge when you stored it and the temperature during storage. Additionally, the location of the battery when stored (on the tool, on a shelf, on a charger or in the tool bag) can affect the lifespan.

How can I repair my power tool batteries?

It is possible to rebuild your power tool batteries if you have the know-how and patience to solder. We recommend using a professional and not doing it as a DIY project on the weekend. While rebuilding batteries is not a service we provide, at Ottawa Fastener Supply, we are happy to test and inspect your batteries and replace those under warranty. Please call our service department for more information at 613.828.5311, ext. 3.

Can I take my power tool batteries on an airplane?

Loose batteries must be placed in your carry-on bag. You can place power tools with their batteries attached in your checked baggage; however, you must be sure they cannot short out or accidentally activate. DeWalt’s new Flexvolt batteries come with an attachment to prevent this from happening. Your best bet is to pack your tools in your checked bags and use carry-on bags for your batteries. Always check with the airline before flying to ensure you are following the rules they set.

Can power tool batteries freeze?

Lithium-ion batteries do not like the cold. They charge slowly or fail to hold a charge at all. Remember to store batteries indoors overnight. When on a job site, keep them in your tool bag with a gel warmer or your pockets next to your body when not in use. If they are left out to endure the elements, do not charge them while they are still cold. Instead, let them warm up to room temperature for an hour or two first.

Are power tool batteries interchangeable?

No. Each brand of cordless power tools has designated battery platforms specific to their line of tools with different voltages. Now, it may be possible to interchange batteries between the same brand and voltage even with different ampere-hours. Before you run the risk of burning up your favorite cordless drill or screwdriver by swapping batteries across brands, give us a call. We are happy to confirm which battery will work for your tool!

How do I charge a battery without a charger?

How do I charge a battery without a charger?

We do not recommend this tactic. As a DIY weekend warrior, your time is better spent on building a deck, not taking unnecessary risks. The best way to charge a battery pack is by using the charger designed for it, for two reasons. First, it gives you the best charge for your tool. Second, you don’t run the risk of voiding the warranty. Give us a call at Ottawa Fastener Supply about the warranties on your power tools and corresponding batteries.

How do I test my cordless drill battery charger?

Any service center across Ottawa should be able to test your charger. Keep in mind that if you think your charger is not functioning, it is more likely that it is the battery, not the charger. Age and overall daily maintenance helps the lifespan of your battery, but they are not built to work forever. Stop in at Ottawa Fastener Supply, and we can inspect chargers of many makes and models. We also can help you find the right replacements.

How do I jumpstart or fix my cordless drill battery?

The best way is to bring the battery into a certified service center. These are not car batteries. It isn’t a matter of linking positive to positive and negative to negative and then turning the key of the dead car. By messing around with your cordless drill battery, you can permanently damage it, and possibly yourself, and void the warranty in the process. Why risk getting a replacement under warranty when you can use the services of a certified center?

How long does a drill battery take to charge?

How long does a drill battery take to charge?

For brand new batteries, charging it overnight will ensure you have a full charge on each individual cell. From that point on, future charges can take between three to six hours to achieve a full charge. Luckily, newer chargers are designed so that you cannot overcharge your battery, and lithium-ion batteries have little to no memory, so you don’t have to worry about emptying it before placing it on the charger.

How long do cordless drill batteries last?

Brand new batteries should be charged overnight to ensure you have a full charge on each individual cell, so that the life of the cell is not compromised. From that point on, future charges on a the proper/adequate charger can take between 30min to 2 hours to achieve a full charge. Never use under-powered chargers for high capacity batteries. Newer chargers are designed so that you cannot overcharge your battery (though don’t store it here, plugged in), and lithium-ion batteries have little to no memory, so you don’t have to worry about emptying it before charging.

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When in doubt, check out Ottawa Faster Supply. We have a wide selection of tool batteries and cordless drills, saws, and tools to meet your DIY needs.

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