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How long before I need to replace my clamps?

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How long before I need to replace my clamps?

With regular maintenance and care, you can expect to get many years of use from your clamps. You should never be without these handy tools. Yet, there will come a time when you will need to retire your old ones and buy new ones. How long should you anticipate before you have to breakdown and

10 Things You Should Know About Clamps for Better Project Productivity

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Clamps for Better Project Productivity

You can never have too many clamps. There are many different types used for specific purposes, and then there are those that are so versatile, no shop would be without them. Do you know what clamp to use when? Ottawa Fastener Supply has tons of clamps available for any type of project. We believe you

When Should I Use a Lock Washer versus a Lock Nut?

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lock washer & lock nut

Do you know when is the best instance for using a lock nut instead of a lock washer? The debate may rage based on who you speak to, but both give your bolts a tight fit. To make the right decision, consider the final environment and type of application. Here is the basic breakdown of

When Should I Use Fine Thread Nuts or Bolts in My Projects?

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fine thread nuts and bolts

The world of fasteners is expansive. Knowing when to use a fine thread bolt versus a coarse thread bolt helps ensure you have the right fastener for the job. You may think one screw will do the same as any other, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Remember that having the best tool in your

What Is the Difference Between Metric and Imperial Bolts?

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Difference Between Metric and Imperial Bolts

It happens all the time. You start working on a home or car repair project, and you need a bolt. No problem, you think, as you walk to your trusty coffee can full of nuts, bolts, and screws. You grab an imperial fastener and head back to your task believing that your metric wrench can

Will Stainless Steel Fasteners Ever Rust?

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Stainless steel fasteners rust

Don’t be fooled. Just because your favourite fastener happens to be made of stainless steel does not mean it is impervious to rust. It is true. You may even find rust in as little as four or five days depending on the grade of steel used. That means it is possible to walk out on

How Strong are Stainless Steel Fasteners?

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How Strong are Stainless Steel Fasteners?

Many people assume that stainless steel is the strongest metal available and should be used whenever possible and for just about any application. In reality, it is a soft metal comprised of an alloy of low carbon steel and chromium. Because the low carbon steel cannot be hardened, stainless steel is actually weaker than regular

What are fasteners?

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What are fasteners?

When working on your home improvement project, you not only want to have the right tools for the job, but you need the right fasteners. Do you know what you are looking for when you want to attach your 2 x 4 boards to your 4 x 4 posts? Fasteners are more tools in your