The fastener is one of the most important hardware tools that are used to join two or more objects. With fasteners, one can create non-permanent joints which mean you can remove or disjoint it anytime and affix anywhere. There is a different type of fasteners such as Bolts, Nuts, Washers, Nails and Screws. But many people often do mistakes while using fasteners. Today we going to discuss the top 10 tips to avoid mistakes while using fasteners.
Wear Safety Gears
While using fasteners, many people don’t use or wear safety gear. If you don’t use any safety gear then it may result in injuries that will stay for a longer duration, some injuries last for years. Safety gear such as Protective Eyewear, Protective Work Gloves, Hearing Protection, Safety Headgear, High Visibility T-Shirts, Portwest Knee Pads and many more.
Many people think that if they over-tight fasteners then it will make a powerful joint that will not break. But it’s a myth. Every single hardware has a maximum torque by which they are installed or tightened. Ifyou over-tight the fasteners then its threads will break. To avoid these mistakes always use a torque wrench to install fasteners at the recommended torque.
Choosing Good Material
Choosing a good material is the most important factor while using fasteners. Stainless steel is the best material which is usually used for fasteners. Every material has its properties and properties can be changed by heating treatment.
Don’t use Aluminium and Stainless Steel Together
Sometimes people use aluminium and stainless steel together that results in galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion occurs when we use two materials that have different properties. So, always use the materials that are having the same properties.
While using fasteners people do often forget to take care of the fasteners. It’s important to clean the fasteners on a daily or weekly basis. Poor maintenance of fasteners can lead to rust and corrosion. To avoid this you can use some good quality paints.
Choosing the right size fasteners
Fasteners are available in different types, shape and size. So, it’s just to choose the fasteners that suit you.
Choosing right locking fasteners
People often choose fasteners that are less in price but it’s not the correct way of choosing the locks for fasteners. It’s important to select an appropriate locking fastener. Wrong assembly may lead to harsh vibrations and can break the joints easily. Wing Nuts 304 Stainless Steel, Hex Jam Nuts 18-8 Stainless Steel, Flange Nuts Serrated 316 Stainless Steel and Coupling Nut Hot Dipped Galvanized is the best locking fasteners that you can use while creating joints or affixing objects.
Don’t use the wrong type of fasteners
Don’t ever use or fasten the wrong type of fasteners together. You can easily check for the sizes of the fasteners and threads. There are many measuring tools like thread gauge, rivet gauge, bolt gauge etc. which can be used to measure the tools.
Don’t use fasteners near the salty water
We all know that salty water can cause rust to the fasteners and it can affect the quality of the fasteners. So, keep the salt water away from the fasteners.
Apply lubricants on fasteners
Always apply lubricants on fasteners to avoid jams in between the nut and bolt. If you use stainless steel fasteners then the chances of getting rust are minimum but due to this it increases the friction between the fasteners and it will be hard to install them at that time. To avoid these mistakes, always apply good lubricant on fasteners. Applying lubricants on fasteners will increase efficiency and sustainability.