Selecting The Right Nuts And Bolts For Your Job......

Regardless of whether you're fixing a pipe or making something for the garden, the chances are that nuts and bolts will play a prominent role. Behind screws, nuts and bolts are the most widely used fasteners for a range of construction projects. With over 5,000 variations on the market, understanding each's strengths and weaknesses is vital to making the right selection. Mandys Tools explored the subject further and provided you with some useful information!

The Difference Between A Nut And Bolt

You'd be surprised at the number of people that don't know the difference between a nut and bolt. While they are virtually always used together the nut is the hexagonal piece of metal that is used to hold the bolt in place. The two support each other with opposing friction, caused by the grooves in each. Nuts and bolts are commonly used to hold one or more objects together, by following the steps below:
• Either create a hole using a drill or find the existing hole in the objects you want to be fastened.
• Thread the bolt through the hole, if it gets stuck, try rotating it clockwise a few times. If there's still resistant, you might need to try an alternative bolt.
• Once the bolt is all the way through, put the nut on the end and rotate it until it doesn't budge any more. Try to avoid making the nut SUPER tight if possible, as this may damage the structure (Especially if it's made of wood).

Picking The Right Fastener For The Job

There are two main areas to consider when selecting the right fastener. The first is the conditions that the structure will face – If it's exposed to water, for example, you want to make sure that the metal will not rust and weaken over time. You also want to make sure that the fastener is durable enough to effectively cope and hold the parts together. When selecting your nuts and bolts, screws, washers or other types of fastener, look for the following properties:

  1. A long life span.
  2. Sheer strength.
  3. Waterproofing properties.
  4. Ease of assembly.
  5. Heat resistance.
  6. UV resistance.
  7. Thermal conductivity.
  8. Electrical resistance.
  9. Overall performance.

Here at Mandys Tools, we offer a range of 4kg nuts and bolts, which are covered in zinc-coated steel. Steel is the perfect material to use for fasteners, as the strength far exceeds that of frequently used counterparts. Made of steel also offers superb heat and UV resistance. The zinc coating offers protection against rust and corrosion, making them a MUST for outdoor projects.
If you require washers too, check out our 8kg set of nuts, bolts and washers. With such a huge assortment, you'll never be searching through the garage in the hopes of finding a spare!

Mandys Tool's unique 4kg bags of mixed nuts and bolts imported directly from India, still after 15 years remains very popular. Initially, the nuts and bolts were in 5kg of bags; however, with prices going up they decided to go 1kg less to keep the price more sensible for the Tradesman and DIYer in his garage.

See Mandys Tools listing here for sizes included in the bags.

We hope you find this post useful in selecting the right nuts and bolts for your project. If you need tailored help or more information surrounding our nuts and bolts, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mandys Tools and we will be happy to help in any way we can.