Building Fasteners such as Heavy Hex Bolts, Heavy Hex Screws and Deckfast Deck Screws are an absolute necessity for any contractor. Depending on the industry that you work in, there will be certain fasteners that you always need in stock. Running out is a major catastrophe and results in panic and chaos in the back […]

Building Fasteners such as Heavy Hex Bolts, Heavy Hex Screws and Deckfast Deck Screws are an absolute necessity for any contractor. Depending on the industry that you work in, there will be certain fasteners that you always need in stock. Running out is a major catastrophe and results in panic and chaos in the back shop. Have a look through this list of contractors and the building fasteners they can't live without.

Interior Carpenters
Woodworkers who create masterpieces of cabinetry, shelving and furniture need to stock up on small finishing nails, perfect for trim and tacking in pieces with the least amount of mess. It's also handy to have a heavy duty staple gun (or two) on hand as well as a supply of industrial staples. Wood screws are important as well - both in brass for interior applications and stainless steel for exterior applications.
Steel Fabricators
Whether you're a welder in a machine shop or working on the construction of a steel structure, fabricators need to have hex tap bolts and hex nuts on hand. Bolts may be the most common element on the material list, but if they are missing your entire project is only a heap of scrap metal. When steel cables are used, eye bolts are another must have, allowing this part of your project to be incorporated safely.
Renewable Energy Installation
Alternative and renewable energy is a hot market. Solar panel and wind farm installation contractors need to have high quality building fasteners on hand at any time, both for putting the systems in place and servicing any issues that come up. Aluminum brackets are a necessity, including mounting blocks, U channels and clips. Neoprene washers are another must have item. They are specially formulated to create a long lasting and dependable seal.
Exterior Structures
Home builders, decking contractors and roofers need nails. The 3 1/4" galvanized (for corrosion resistance) are incredibly versatile and are used for so many thing from framing to tacking and more. Roofing nails are also handy, and not just for putting on shingles. The large head and small shaft make them ideal for various applications contractors run into daily.
Contractors can probably come up with a list of their own essential fasteners based on their own work habits and typical job profiles. Building fasteners are what holds it all together and contractors are the skilled craftsmen and craftswomen that utilize them.

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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