The Tee Nut And Its Applications
When To Use A Tee Nut
There are times when you might need to fasten fairly soft materials, such as wood or composite materials. In such cases, choosing the wrong type of fastener for the job could lead to problems later on. For instance, you might increase the risk of having the material break on account of the massive forces needed to put some fasteners in place.
In addition to that, when you use a fastener that is not designated for that particular purpose, it is more likely to lead to problems such as the union coming apart after some time. This is especially so when the item that has been fastened will be exposed to huge forces throughout its lifespan.
What Is A Tee Nut?
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The tee nut is one type of nut that you can use for such purposes. It goes by a few other names including the t nut, or blind nut.
Tee nuts can be used to fasten materials such as wood, plastic or composite material in such a manner that it will leave a flush surface. This makes it ideal for all sorts of assembly, including in the manufacture of some types of toys such as slides. The tee nut has a long body and a flange in one end. When looked at in profile, it resembles a T shape, which is why it has this name. the flange on the tee nut typically has hooks that grab into the material being fastened, which gives the joint more strength and retention.
How To Install A Tee Nut
The best way to put the tee nut in place is through the use of a machine designated to do this. This usually results in very strong adhesion, and can also be completed quickly as well. Using manual means to put the tee nut in place have been tried, but it’s a tedious process and does not yield consistent results most of the time. This is especially so when the material being fastened is a bit harder than usual, which means that it would need a bit more force in order to put in place.
About the Author
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.