In the construction industry, there are many different types of fasteners that are used for different applications. One of the most common of these is the tension control bolt. This is a popular type of bolt owing to the fact that it is usually designed for use in keeping steel frames together. If you are […]

tension control bolts
In the construction industry, there are many different types of fasteners that are used for different applications. One of the most common of these is the tension control bolt. This is a popular type of bolt owing to the fact that it is usually designed for use in keeping steel frames together. If you are involved in the construction industry, making sure that you understand how to use them well will be critical in ensuring that all your projects are as successful as possible.

What are tension control bolts?

Unlike other types of bolts such as aluminum carriage bolts and titanium hex lag bolts, the tension control bolts are usually made in such a manner that after tightening them, they end up being deformed. They are usually designed to have an extension from the main bolt, and it is this part of the fastener that shears off when the bolt is tightened. In order to install them, you will need to use a special wrench designed specifically for these types of bolts.

What are the benefits of using them?

The tension control bolts are usually designed for use with steel structures. They make them last much longer than usual, which will in turn guarantee the safety and longevity of any structure you put up. In addition to that, most who use them find them to be efficient, easy to use and also very safe to install as well. Of course, all this depends on many factors including how you use them and which type you get.

 

How to get the most out of them

For you to fully benefit from the tension control bolts, you need to make sure that they are stored and used properly. Some of the things you need to watch out for include ensuring that they are stored under the right conditions. They should not be exposed to humidity or very high temperatures. It is also common to find some people lubricating them more than is necessary, which is counterproductive. Most tension control bolts bought from high quality facilities tend to be pre-lubricated, so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing the same. If you are not sure, you can always consult your supplier for information regarding this.
Another trick you can use to prolong the longevity of these bolts is to avoid exposing them to the environment for too long before tightening them. For instance, once you have opened up a batch of bolts, it would be wise for you to use them up as soon as possible rather than letting them lie around.
Other simple measures you can take to reduce the failure rate of such fasteners include calibrating your wrenches before use.
In summary, tension control bolts are very popular particularly if you are in the construction industry. As is the case with many other types of fasteners, you need to know how to use them properly if you are to get good value for money. As long as you keep the above in mind, you should be able to do this.

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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