When you need to carry out any construction project, it will usually be important to ensure that the use of any materials for the job is carefully selected. Remember, most of such materials will cost a lot of money. If you don’t select them properly, you may end up spending large sums of money and […]

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When you need to carry out any construction project, it will usually be important to ensure that the use of any materials for the job is carefully selected. Remember, most of such materials will cost a lot of money. If you don’t select them properly, you may end up spending large sums of money and still end up with a building that will not stand the test of time.
In order to avoid this, there are a number of things you can do to try and minimize this risk. Part of this means making sure that you use the right fasteners such as 316 stainless steel hex head cap screws for the right applications. To find out how to do this, there are a few ways to get the information, including:


Using an accomplished contractor
If you are using the services of a contractor to do such work, it’s important that you find a high quality one. Ideally, they need to have had a lot of experience handling the types of projects you are thinking on embarking on. This way, it becomes easier for them to help you figure out the best types of fasteners and other materials to use for the job.
Consulting your country’s quality control standards
In most parts of the world, the government keeps an eye on the quality of constructed buildings in the country. It does this by first providing a set of rules that need to be followed in order to make the buildings safer. Most of such rules have clauses that specify issues such as the types of titanium hex tap bolts to use in a particular setting. By finding out what these rules stipulate, you can then figure out the minimum standards you need to achieve in the design and construction of the building you are putting up.
Getting some ideas from another blueprint
Do you know of a company that has had to do such construction in the past? You could simply find the blueprints they used, and then use them to get some ideas on how you should construct yours. This is usually not the best way to find technical information such as what types of fasteners to use, but it can come in handy in some cases.
Learn from other people’s mistakes
If you are trying to construct a skyscraper, for instance, you may know of a few buildings that collapsed in the past. You could go through some of the reports about why this happens, and then try to avoid making the same mistakes. Most of the time, you will find that it’s issues such as the use of the wrong types of materials that resulted in such problems.
Get the information from your vendors
Vendors can be a good source of information, especially if you choose to work with the industry leaders. For instance, if you are not sure about what types of screws to use for a specific application, you can always get this information from the experienced fastener vendor. They are usually very experienced at handling such materials, and will be happy to help you out in picking 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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