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What are the three types of fasteners?There are three main types of fasteners or fastening systems that you can choose from when completing your project, including screws, bolts or machine screws, and rivets. How familiar are you with the following types of fasteners?
Screws: what are they and are they ideal for all projects?Screws are one of the fastening systems that can be used for fastening metal. There are different types of screws, such as self tapping screws for wood and concrete, but they are used for particular projects only and might not be the ideal option for a heavy duty project such as a modular system.
What are Cortex screws?A Cortex screw is classed as a hidden fastener. They are normally hidden from view thanks to the similar or equal-looking material as the surrounding material they are affixed to. There are many advantages to using Cortex screws. Read the following section to find out.
What are the advantages of Cortex screws?There are four essential advantages to using Cortex screws:
- Cortex screws are a type of fastening system that are generally simple to install and most of them do not require pre-drilling to affix parts to other parts.
- They are strong and robust hidden fasteners that last a long time and ensure the affixed components remain joined.
- They take next to no time to install and make installation efficient because of their collated plugs.
- Cortex screws have an aesthetically pleasing appearance since the screw heads are hidden and remain out of sight.
What are the disadvantages of Cortex screws?However, there are some disadvantages to using Cortex screws:
- Depending on the project, pre-drilling may be required to ensure the Cortex screw gets affixed to the material.
- In some projects, such as plant engineering projects you might find that the threads of the Cortex screws get stripped.
How do you use the Cortex hidden fastening systems?Cortex screws are normally used with wood or PVC, and there are a few key steps you should follow to use Cortex hidden fastening systems.
- The Cortex fastening systems will have a setting tool and plugs. Start by checking the tool and get your hands on a drill.
- Drill the Cortex screw into the wooden or PVC material as you would with other screw types.
- A cord hole will be created that will receive the plug.
- Pay attention to the setting tool to find out when the screw is deep enough.
- Place the plugs over the holes and tap them into place using a hammer with a smooth base.