When you have to order Heavy Hex Bolts or another type of bolt but do not have the correct information available to ensure that you get the correct fasteners it can be confusing.  Those who deal with Building Fasteners on a regular basis can often figure out what they need based on other information but […]

When you have to order Heavy Hex Bolts or another type of bolt but do not have the correct information available to ensure that you get the correct fasteners it can be confusing.  Those who deal with Building Fasteners on a regular basis can often figure out what they need based on other information but if you do not order fasteners such as Line Fasteners, Marine Fasteners or other fasteners or have a lot of knowledge about them you need help.

Things to Remember When Ordering Bolts
If you are ordering bolts for the first time here is some information that will guide you to getting the correct fasteners:

  1. Dimensions:  Remember that the length and diameter has a big effect on the cost and usefulness of the bolt.  The heavier the bolt, the more expensive it will be.  The length and diameter affect what projects the bolt can be used in.
  2. Grade:  There are many grades that bolts can have and that will impact not only the cost but also the usefulness of the bolt.  The cost changes according to what the bolts are made of.  Some grades have additional special testing or heat treating.  The grade will help determines what kinds of projects the bolts are best used for.
  3. Length of Thread:  Some people believe there is a “standard thread length” for bolts but this is not true.  The thread length will affect the amount of strength that the bolt is able to handle so it is important to understand what length of thread is required for your project.
  4. Domestic Requirements:  Are you working on a government or military project or a state highway project?  If you are you should be aware that many projects of this type require that all materials be American made.  Domestic products are often more expensive than imported products.  Make sure that they are domestic if it is required by your project but also make sure that they are strong, quality products.
  5. Special Testing and Certification:  Suppliers vary in their policies regarding how products are tested for strength.  Make sure that the testing of products is in compliance with ASSHTO, SAE, or ASTM specifications.  If needed, addition certification or special testing can be provided if you request it.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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