Suppose you are building a home. What types of fasteners should you get for projects such as joining two parts of the house together? This is a decision that many people will not spend much time on. However, the truth of the matter is that getting it wrong has numerous consequences, and is something that you should always be looking out for. There are several assumptions that you should always avoid when making a decision on the types of fasteners to get for house construction. Some of the most common ones of these include:
Any fasteners will do
Most people assume that fasteners are the same, and that all you need to be sure of is the size. However, using a Monel 400 hex lag bolt in the place of an Inconel hex head bolt is not a good idea. Even if the two are of the same size, the fact that they are made out of very different materials means each of them will have different qualities when put in the same operating conditions. This in turn means that when you are making a decision on which types of fasteners you should get, it is important that you be sure about the specific ones that will be used for a specific application. This goes a long way in reducing the incidence of problems such as finding that the fasteners need to be replaced more often than usual.
That all vendors are the same
The other thing that you should be wary of doing is thinking that all the vendors out there are the same. There are some that take more care in terms of sourcing their merchandise from only the best of sources. This means that when you buy from them, you will be sure that you are getting the best value for money, and that the fasteners will last long.
When you are out there shopping for the fasteners, always make a point of finding out more about the vendor you are thinking of buying from. If they seem to have a very bad reputation in the market, it would be wise to avoid working with them.
That one type of fasteners can be used for all applications
Some people minimize the variety of fasteners they buy by simply making sure that one type can be used for as many applications as possible. However, you should always keep in mind that the different types of fasteners are meant for use in only specific environments. For instance, if you get a fastener that is meant for keeping up a roof, using it for any other purpose might not be a good idea. It’s likely to fail simply because it was not used in the right environment.
Thinking that compromising on quality will not have a huge impact
You might find it necessary to get low quality fasteners just so that you can save money. However, the fact that fasteners play a huge role in determining the safety of the building means that this is something that you should avoid. Always make sure that if there is anything you want to compromise when buying them, it should not be safety.
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.