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What are screws?Screws are sometimes referred to as fasteners that are versatile. Since they have threads, they offer the user a tight or strong grip when they are affixed and tightened. You may know that there are several different types of screws. There are screws of a large variety of shapes, types and sizes. There are also screws that should be used for different types of materials. For instance, there are screws that are ideal woodwork, some that are ideal for concrete, and other screws that are specifically designed for metal. Now, one thing to know about screws is that they are supposed to be self-tapping. This means that it can tap a hole for itself when the engineer drives it into the wood, or metal, or concrete. This doesn’t mean that you’ll never have to drill holes yourself before driving a screw into the material. Pilot holes are sometimes necessary.
When are screws required?Since screws offer middle-range durability and support or holding ability, it’s recommended that you use screws for middle-range projects. This might include a DIY project, for instance, you might be putting a shelf up, or a cabinet, or a fence. It’s also critical to recognize that screws are required for particular material types. If you have any of the following material types, a screw is ideal for this:
- Planks of wood
- Sheet metal
What are bolts?So, now let’s turn our attention to bolts. A bolt is a superior fastening option and offer strength in abundance. To install them correctly, you’ll need a washer and a nut, where the washer ensures your load is distributed evenly across a bigger area and ensures the material remains intact, and the nut ensures the bolt doesn’t move. Of course, in a similar way to screws, nuts also have a vast range of sizes, shapes, and designs, and are compatible with particular material types, including concrete, metal, and wood. For this reason, it can be challenging to decide whether a bolt is required for your project, or whether a screw would be a better decision. What’s different about a bolt, however, is that bolts need a different type of tool to drive them into the material or take them out of the material. Certain tools that you could use to install bolts include a wrench, which might be pneumatic or a handheld type. You’ll find that bolts are for heavy-duty engineering projects—projects that require a huge amount of support or strength since bolts belong to the upper-range of holding or support power.
When are bolts required?For this reason, a bolt is generally ideal for projects such as modular piping support or engineering projects such as installing a pipe hanger, and this is because they must support the load and weight of the pipe. Bolts are also required for particular material types. Use a bolt if you are using the following material types:
- Thick beams