Quite a number of people will have to use concrete fasteners at some point in their lives. This is especially so when they are interested in hanging items such as paintings on their walls. If you are in the process of doing this, you should always remember that the types of fasteners you use will […]

Quite a number of people will have to use concrete fasteners at some point in their lives. This is especially so when they are interested in hanging items such as paintings on their walls. If you are in the process of doing this, you should always remember that the types of fasteners you use will always determine how easy the process of installation is, as well as how long the fasteners last. This means that you should always pay attention to the types that you use. For instance, if you are interested in a light duty fastener, some that you can consider using include:
hanging pictures with fasteners


The plastic fasteners
In order to use these, you will need to drill into the wall, put a plastic anchor in the hole and then put the screw in. You can use any type of screw such as the Slotted Hex Machine Screw for this. One of the benefits of this type of fastening is that it’s very easy to do. As long as you have the right type of equipment, it’s a relatively uncomplicated process to put the fasteners in place. This is also a preferred method of doing light weight fastening on account of the fact that it does not do much damage to the wall. In some instances, screwing a fastener directly into a wall without the aid of the anchor could lead to formation of cracks in the wall. As you can imagine, this can turn out to be very expensive to fix in the long run.
Fasteners with soft metal shield anchors
If you are keen on fastening on concrete, you can also opt to use soft metal as the anchor as opposed to plastic. Using them involves drilling a pilot hole in the material, then placing the soft metal and drilling the Slotted Hex Machine Screw into the soft metal anchor. This is an ideal way of fastening items in soft materials such as mortar, since the metal anchor tends to stay in place with greater ease compared to when you use heavy duty fasteners. It can be used to put in place items such as drain pipes.
Hammer set anchors
One other way of fastening items when hanging items such as photo frames is through the use of hammer set anchors. In this method, the anchor is simply a hollow piece of metal that is hammered into the wood. The screw is then driven into this anchor. Some of the major advantages of using this method of fastening is the fact that it’s very easy to install, since you only need a hammer and a screwdriver at the minimum. However, the drawback is that since it involves directly hammering the anchor into the surface you want to put the fastener in, you might only find it useful for soft surfaces such as wood.
These are some of the options you can use when you are interested in fastening for the purpose of light weight hanging, such as on a wall.

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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