When doing home construction, you will definitely be required to invest in all types of fasteners such as the Grade 2 Steel hex lag bolts. These are necessary in virtually all parts of the house from the ceiling to the flooring in some cases. For this reason, you are likely to spend a lot of money on fasteners, and the fact that some of them are small (such as the alloy 20 Phillip truss type A screws) means that there is a real chance of having some of them simply lost. Fortunately, there is something you can do to minimize the cost of getting and using the fasteners. Some of these include:
Don’t buy piecemeal
You should try not to buy the fasteners on a piecemeal basis, but rather try to buy everything at once. This gives you the benefit of taking advantage of some of the deals that the vendors offer, such as discounts on bulk purchases. In addition to that, the fact that you will be buying in bulk means that you could afford to get the fasteners from a wholesale agent rather than on retail, which is more expensive.
Of course, for you to have a clear idea of just how many of the fasteners you need, you will need a solid team behind you. Your contractor should be experienced, since this means that they will be more accurate in their estimates. You could also consult a quantity surveyor who can give you an accurate figure of how much you will need to spend on the fasteners and any other materials needed for the construction.
The importance of working with reputable contractors
In addition to giving you accurate information regarding the number of fasteners you need for the job, consulting high quality contractors also reduces the rate at which some of the fasteners will be wasted. Since they are skilled, they are likely to be more responsible. This is just one of the ways in which hiring a high quality contractor will help you save.
Is it wise to spend more for quality?
When you go shopping for the fasteners, you may come across some that are very cheap, but which have questionable quality. It might be tempting to buy them on account of saving money, but this might not actually help you save. Low quality fasteners are likely to keep breaking, and you may have to buy more and more of them to cover for this. The structures that are bound together using the fasteners are also likely to fail sooner as well. In the end, you will spend less on buying the cheaper fasteners, but the fact that you will get more problems with them in the long run makes them less than worth it.
In summary, when embarking on any construction project, it’s wise to pay attention to how you deal with fastener use. Following the above tips will make it easier to end up having spent only as much as you need on the fasteners.
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.