Nuts and Bolts of Fasteners
I find that when I call a potential customer to introduce our zip screws and tek screws, the very first concern I have is recognizing the value of their time. An understanding of that principal is an important key to being a conscientious sales person. We live in a fast-paced world, and the necessity for commerce, not to mention the level of competition in the market-place, can make it very easy to lose contact with the human touch. But, when we get right down to it, most people want the same thing. To be treated fairly, and with respect. When I receive any sort of interruption in my daily routine, such as receiving a sales call, it throws me off of my current track. So, the first thing I have to wonder is… is this other track a track I’d like to be on? I have to understand that this may be the sort of thing that other potential clients or customers ask themselves, when they first get on the phone with me, during their busy day. I started with this company, because I recognized its’ value to the customers, to the marketplace, and to me. I do the best I can to extend that trust and availability to each and every person I speak with on the phone, whether it be for the first time, or for the hundredth. What makes this job a priority to me, and to my customers, is knowing that I’m supplying a steady, quality product to the heating and air conditioning industry (among other industries) at a reasonable rate. But, there’s more to my job, than that! I like getting to know people. In our instant gratification, transient society, it’s often essential to tap into a customer’s needs, while also respecting their time. But, sometimes, the ‘red tape’ can get in the way. That’s why building relationships with my customers is what I do. But, I’m always happy to make them smile, before and after the fact! A smile and a laugh during a long, busy workday can go a long way towards rejuvenating the energy of all involved. I’m proud of the fact that our customers trust me enough to place some of their company needs and information in my hands. After those needs are met, I will check in on a routine basis, to make sure that those needs are continually met. I hope I get a chance to extend a warm welcome from our company to yours! Rebecca Marcotulli New Account Specialist
excited to introduce our New Account Specialist, Rebecca Marcotulli. Rebecca
oversees developing new accounts with potential clients, with the intent of procuring new business relationships with businesses that use zip screws and tek screws. This position was designed specifically
with Rebecca's unique talents in mind. Her job description entails contacting
potential buyers and qualifying their specific fastener needs.
has over 15 years of experience with "cold calling", and has always
had a knack for building a rapport with people she's just been introduced to.
This proficiency with creating immediate friendships with strangers was most
likely facilitated and developed through interaction with her father's 35
years of experience in telecommunications.
amusing anecdote is how her father would occasionally put her on the phone at
6 or 7 years of age, where Rebecca would parrot what she'd heard her father say
time and time again to prospective customers: "Frank, I hope you're
sitting down, because I've got a price that's gonna knock you off your
feet", etc. Buyers were often amused by this pint sized, new addition to
lieu of her somewhat eccentric, "Traveling Salesman" sort of
background, we've created a position for her unique talents. Rebecca is also a
talented musician and singer/songwriter, and her consistently outgoing
attitude has made her a valued, new
addition to our team. Zip Screws And Tek Screws, watch out! Becca's come to town!
Points Fasteners is one of the leading fastener companies in our
industry and we are looking to expand our sales team by hiring Brand
The economy is beginning to move again, and the need for our products in the heating and air conditioning field is booming.
This is a ground floor opportunity for the right people, who are looking to work from home, make their own hours, and create their own success. We need Brand Representatives who are familiar with the fastener industry. The demand for our products is rising. The possibilities are endless.
If you are looking for a new opportunity with a proven company, this could be the right fit for you.
Contact us today to discuss career opportunities.
-Work from home
-A unique opportunity to develop your own business
-Work the hours you want to work
-Leads are provided
-No start up costs
-Work with a team oriented company
-Determine your own pay rate related to the amount of sales you achieve
-Enjoy the freedom of your own business without administrative costs
-Training and support always available
Contact - Rosemarie Yguado
Phone - 505-916-0705
Well, it only took two and ½ months, but our website for quality screws, featuring needlepoints (aka zip screws) and self-drilling screws (aka tek screws), has gone through its facelift and we re-launched last week!
While designing the new site, we struggled with the decision as to whether we should include pricing on our site. In fact, we already received a few calls asking us why we didn’t include pricing. We discussed the idea and couldn’t come up with a way that would provide each and every customer the BEST pricing we could give them by using a standardized website price as we could with giving them individualized pricing. When companies determine “one size fit’s all’ pricing” for their websites, they need to pack enough profit in their price to cover the expenses for their most costly order (product, business overhead, shipping and handling).
We feel that our customers would rather receive all the possible discounts they qualify for rather than have us pad our pricing.
Before making this decision, we researched and determined that our pricing was much more affordable than the screw sites we found that listed pricing online. In addition, by having qualified, experienced staff available to assist you in determining the best product for your application, you get the benefit of competitive pricing and being sure that whatever screw you order, zip screw, tek screw or other type of fastener, will work for what you need. Besides, we don’t know how YOU feel, but WE love having a person to speak with when we have questions about a product!
The smallest detail can have the largest impact. At All Points Fasteners http://www.allpointsfasteners.com/ , attention is given to every detail, especially small ones; your project deserves our attention to details and our knowledgeable customer service. Just go online and ask The Screw Lady!
We specialize in self tapping tek screws for the air conditioning and heating industries: http://www.allpointsfasteners.com/Tek.html ; we are one of the first companies to return to the old style, high profile (hi hat) self drilling screws, with serrations underneath the head. Our customers return time and time again for these quality parts. And our copper plated stainless needlepoint screws are a favorite of gutter installers: http://www.allpointsfasteners.com/HWH-Needlepoint-Copper-Plated-410-Stainless.html Check out our large line of quality fasteners: http://www.allpointsfasteners.com/products.html .
Wikipedia describes the technological failure: “Disintegration of the entire vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized hot gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB attachment hardware and external fuel tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRBs aft attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces promptly broke up the orbiter.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster .
The smallest detail can have the largest impact. Seven crew members lost their lives, the Shuttle Program was grounded for years and the Rogers Commission was established to investigate the disaster. Other space flight projects were disaffected and ignored including the nine year journey of the spacecraft Voyager 2’s Encounter with Uranus occurring the same week as the Shuttle disaster. Hard questions were being asked about small details and other deserving projects were cast in the shadow of doubt.
At All Points Fasteners , we specialize in the details; we listen to all of you questions, answer with authority and experience, and offer you only the finest product. Our customer testimonials speak for us!
Dale Gibson - Gibson Ranch:
"My entire ranch was built with All Points Fasteners screws… wouldn't use anything else!"
Nanci - Sanchez Heating & Air:
"My guys don't have any complaints and that's the most important thing. The quality is consistent which is why we won't change!"
"I just wanted to thank you for such quick service on my order.
It is so nice to call and speak with someone who knows their products so well. You got us exactly what we needed and shipped so quick."
We remember the Challenger tragedy this month and the brave souls who perished. We all learned a lesson that day about the infinite importance of small details.
So, how quickly do you think it's going to take for some smart entrepreneur will take this from "idea" to "ready for distribution"? Who was it that said "whatever man can conceive, he can achieve"?
Designer punked fanbois with asymmetric screw
By Richard Chirgwin
For a little while, the Apple press fell over itself to analyze the import of a screw that was reportedly going to lock customers and repairers out of the next iPhone forever. The source of the story has now ‘fessed up that to the hoax that set the wires a-buzz.
Swedish design house Day4 has posted its account of events here. Deciding to test peoples’ gullibility – and the speed with which disinformation could be spread – Lukasz Lindell and his colleagues created an imaginary “asymmetric screw” in a CAD package, grabbed the image, and posted it to Reddit with a fake message saying the pic demonstrated that Apple is “even creating their own screws.”
Day4's fake screw design
The result was pick-up by Cult of Mac, and from there it spread like wildfire, Lindell writes.
However, perhaps more interesting than the media pickup – as Lindell notes, the story was treated as a rumour rather than a fact (and Cult of Mac has now noted the hoax without complaint) – was an outcome that falls into “social science” research.
Lindell writes: “With each step further away from the source the perception that this would be true increased. On Reddit, where the original entry was made we see it as a 0 mode, the image was posted, nothing more or less.” However, by the time the story was being discussed and commentated on various blogs and social media outlets, “all doubt is gone”.
He even goes so far as to apologize to anyone who took the story as truth: “we just want to say sorry to you who feel cheated”.
It may have all been a joke, or a experiment of sorts to see how fast a rumor could spread, but no doubt some smart, far thinking, entrepreneur will figure out a way how to manufacture and market this screw in the near future. How many now common household items actually began as mistakes and it was suddenly realized that they worked wonderfully for applications they were never intended to be used. Life changing inventions....all by accident and not by design.
What he was trying to make: A meter designed to monitor power on naval battleships
How he invented: Richard Jones was working with tension springs when one of them fell on the floor. The spring kept bouncing after it hit the ground and the slinky was invented.
What she was trying to make: Regular chocolate cookies
How was it created? While she was mixing up a batch of cookie dough, Ruth Wakefield found out she was almost out of baker's chocolate. In order to stretch out what little chocolate she had, she broke the sweetened chocolate into small, little pieces and mixed them to the cookie dough expecting them to melt, making her regular chocolate cookies, but they did not and there ya go!
Or, how about..?
What he was attempting to make: The engineer was conducting a radar related research project with a new vacuum tube
How it was created: when the candy bar in his pocket began to melt during his
experiments, he then put popcorn into the machine. And when it started popping, he realized he had a incredible new invention!
Well, I may not have invented it but there definitely are some better tek screws available now than was when I first got started selling screws and All Points Fasteners has them available for sale! There are #4 and #5 tek points available to penetrate thicker metals without snapping the heads off. Tek screws make of non-magnetic stainless steel so they will not rust but with steel tek screws points so that they can drill through metals easier than stainless steel tek screw points which are much softer. We also have tek screws which are stainless steel but ALSO ceramic coated with 1000 hour salt spray testing for even more protection from rusting.
By Brianne M. Grant
Ah, employment. The word employment is elusive in today’s economy; especially here in the Southwest, and when someone mentions an employment opportunity, our ears perk. If you’re like me, you start wracking your brain for people that you know that could use the work. That is why I am so excited to tell you that All Points Fasteners Inc. is hiring for 1099 repres!
Here, at All Points Fasteners, we do everything in our power to help our sales representatives become successful because, after all, if you succeed we succeed! As a 1099 representative, we will train you and provide you with leads at no cost as long as sales quotas are met. We take care of all the marketing and offer exclusivity of certain markets if gross sales goals are met and maintained.
We specialize in commercial screws for contractors in the Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning, gutter installation and roofing industries, including self tapping zip screws and tek type screws. If you, or anyone you know, have an extensive knowledge of sales in commercial and industrial screws, please visit our products page to determine if you are familiar with our product. If you fit the bill, please contact me, Brianne, at 505-916-0705. You may also email me at email@example.com and I look forward to discussing our business needs and your qualifications.
Start describing and measuring from the top of the zip screw or tek screws (check this out) and then head down to the bottom.
First describe the head.
Is it a pan head?
Is it a pancake head?
Is it a bugle head?
Is it a flat head?
Is it an oval head?
Is it a modified truss head?
Is it a hex washer head with a neoprene washer attached?
Is it a hex washer head?
looking for, it makes things much easier.
To identify the shank size of the screw, it's much easier if your screw is a hex head. When considering the shank size, think dress size. The smaller the number, the thinner the shank. The bigger the number, the thicker the shank.
The standard for the industry is:
1/4" Hex Head = #6 or #7 or #8 shank size
5/16" Hex Head = #10 or #12 shank size
3/8" Hex Head = #14 shank size
If our case, we have needlepoint screws (aka zip screws) developed especially for the gutter industry with have high profile 1/4" hex head but #10 washers and #10 body shanks. In the 70's and 80's, standard #8 screws worked fine for the gutter industry but when the quality of the wood used for homes changed, it was necessary to increase the thickness of the shanks so that the screws wouldn't snap when hitting knots in the wood. We also added a filet underneath the head to give the screw a little extra strength.
Next, there is TPI or threads per inch to consider. As a rule of thumb, the less threads per inch, the screw is intended to be used in wood. The more TPI, the screw is meant for metal or metal studs. These are sometimes called out as 'coarse threaded' or 'fine threaded' screws. If you try and use a coarse threaded screw in metal studs or hard woods, the quality of the screw can't really be blamed when it snaps although that happens all the time. It is simply misapplication and the more you know what screws were made for what applications, the less problems you will have when using your screws.
Now we get to the points of the screws.
Does the point look like a pencil point?
Does the point look like a drill bit tip?
There are other type points like Type 17's used with woods and others but the two listed above are the most common.
And lastly, you should remember to state the plating that you need. Zinc plating is most common with under normal situations will last you about two years on average. Hot dipped galvanized is generally five years. But these are old school type plating. We have started stocking dacronized, ceramic type plating, which we normally have stocked in 500, 1000 and 1200 hour salt spray tested. They give you extra protection and even are available with the heads painted as well to match exterior applications.
When you are looking at a label on a box, the screws will generally be labeled something like "8-18x1 HWH SDS Z/P". This would translate to #8 shank, 18 TPI by 1 inch long, hex washer head, self drilling screw (tek type point) zinc plated.
This is not everything that there is to know about self-tapping screws, zip screws and tek screws included, but it will give you a good baseline to start!
Having been in the fastener
industry for contractors for over 25 years selling zip screws and tek
screws, you would think there would be nothing new to learn. Wrong!
Although we specialize in screws mainly used by the Heating and Air
Conditioning and Gutter industries , more and more I am hearing from OEM'S or
engineers who are desperately looking for screws that don't exist. They
needs head diameter's that are smaller so that they will fit in between narrow
grooves, points that will penetrate hard plastic, then go through 30 gauge
steel and then tap into stucco then into wood. And they are being used outdoors
in the snow but should be rust proof but not as expensive as stainless
steel. And all in the same screw! It's a wonder I have a hair left on my
In years past, designer screws were a source of frustration for me because one of my contractors would pick up a screw that he really liked on a job site and then want me to locate a source for them. After many hours, maybe days, of diligent searching, I would finally find out that someone like a major hotel chain had the screws made especially for them to install the cabinets in their hotels and getting the same screws with the same dimensions was never going to happen.
Well the good news is that some manufacturers have changed their willingness to do smaller orders so that the chance of having these 'designer screws' manufactured is much higher now than it was in the past. Within recent months, we have been successful in procuring parts that in the past would have been impossible to supply. Of course, there are still minimums to be met but
instead of having to order containers of screws in order to get the manufacturers interested, we can get away with a pallet or two. Good news for some but still not low enough for others.
Still, there are many more options available to choose from than there were 20 years ago, starting with coatings to keep screws from rusting as quickly. Take a look at our ceramic coated zip screws at http://www.allpointsfasteners.com/HWHCERAMICCOATEDZIPS available which with painted heads as well. These parts work great in areas where weather conditions are moist. We will soon be supplying needlepoint screws which are stainless steel as well as ceramic coated which will bring increased rust resistance.
The bottom line is that in this day and age there are many more options available than just your standard zip screws and tek screws.
It seems that recently copper gutters have become more and popular on high end homes. I know that we have received an increase of requests for our copper plated stainless steel zip screws that are used to install these beauties!
There are several reasons for choosing copper gutters for your home other than just the fact they are just plain GORGEOUS! I think the information posted on Scott Lee Guttering's website said it as best as anyone can.
"Scott Lee Guttering
Copper vs. Aluminum – Cost
Copper is valued for its superior durability. It is also valued for its unique capacity to add appeal to a home or building design. Gutter appearance is enhanced, so it is not only functional but is also aesthetically appealing. Copper gutters will increase your property’s value.
However, copper is more expensive. But affordability may not be such a factor when you consider that your property will increase in value because of choosing copper gutters.
Aluminum is much less expensive. However, it is not as durable as copper and you may find that you need more gutter repair or replacement. Aluminum will dent and develop holes fairly easily.
Copper vs. Aluminum – Installation
Gutter installation is comparatively similar for both copper and aluminum. Copper is a heavier material, so it may require more reinforcement. Copper gutters do not cut as easily as aluminum for tight areas or for other modifications. Therefore, installation may cost more if this takes additional time and effort to perform.
Aluminum gutters are easy to cut and mold; installation can be done using gutters nails and clamps.
Copper vs. Aluminum – Maintenance
Maintenance will vary between the two types of gutters. Aluminum gutters often rust, needing touch ups from time to time. Copper develops a patina, this protects the metal and so it rarely needs maintenance. Copper is very durable in both function and appearance.
However, to avoid damage, copper gutters require special gloves and tools to clean it."
The stainless copper plated zip screws to install these gutters come in three different choices.
One style is 410 stainless steel (magnetic) which is copper plated. A benefit of using 401 stainless steel is that you will be able to use your magnetic chucks which will make installation easier. A downside is that because there is some carbon steel in the make up of the screw, which makes it magnetic and also a little stronger, there will be some surface rust after time. But being used with copper gutters the effect will blend in with the patina of the copper.
Another choice is 18-8 stainless steel (non-magnetic) copper plated zip screw. Since this style has no carbon steel, no surface rust will develop, however, it will not be magnetic either.
And then there are the pure copper zip screw. These, though, are only available in 8x1/2.
Many gutter installers who do copper gutter also use pop rivets which are copper with brass mandrels. The mandrels are made of brass because brass is stronger than pure copper but won't have a chemical corrosive reaction with the copper gutters. Copper rivets with steel mandrels are pretty common but finding them with brass mandrels can be more challenging.
By Brianne. M. Grant
I am the newest addition to the All Points Fasteners Inc. sales team. In a field dominated by men, there are quite a few obstacles I have had to overcome. For example, I sell zip screws and tek screws to people in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry. Prior to my training, I had never heard of a zip or tek screw. I had no idea that there were different size shanks, chucks, and threads. After working at a cell phone company for 4 ½ years—I was in for a shock!
The first time a customer started rattling off the different screws that they used (and parts I had never even heard of), I panicked. I was sure that I wasn’t ready to do this and that this career change was a mistake. I could never be good enough because I didn’t have any knowledge about anything mechanical. Heck, I barely knew how to change my tire! (At least I knew that much, it has been useful on more than one occasion.)
Now that I have a few more weeks of experience under my belt, I am much more confident. I understand now that I can’t know everything. It reminded me that I never knew everything while working in my last just. I had to use my resources to find the answers. Knowing this has helped me become much more confident. I cannot know everything but I do know the questions I need to ask, and I’ll be alright. I also know now that my customers will be patient with me if I am honest. All I need to tell them is that I’m new and I need them to slow down a little bit.
I will be forever grateful to the first customer I ever spoke with. He was kind, patient, and he didn’t hang up on me. It was a great experience and it calmed my nerves. It helped me prepare for the times that I would be hung up on. Thankfully, I haven’t been hung up on very often.
Moving from Customer Service to Sales has been quite an experience. I have found that my Customer Service background has made it easy to speak with people over the phone. During all those years of being a Customer Service Representative, however, taught me how to keep professional even in the most difficult times. This has made sales over the phone a little difficult. While it is important to remain professional, it is also important to relate to your customers. To do this, I must learn to loosen up and have a good time with them! Although my customers were always pleased with the service they received from me at the cell phone company, these customers are not calling me with a problem. I am calling them with a solution to a problem they didn’t even know they had—paying way too much money for their materials!
My new knowledge of screws has helped me out in arguments with my husband. It was nice to be the expert in a field I never had any experience with! We were hanging out one day, discussing the type of screws that I sell. He insisted that tek screws were the only self-tapping screws. I calmly corrected him and advised him that the self-piercing screws also self-tap. He is a very stubborn man and insisted he was correct. At this point, I pulled up an article www.allpointsfasteners.com that discussed this very topic. He is still annoyed that I proved him wrong, but he is impressed with my new skills.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my mentor, MaryLouise. She has been in business for over 20 years now, and she helped pave the way for us women to jump on board. She proved that you don’t have to be a man to be successful in this industry. All you have to do is get to know your product, your consumer, and learn how to talk on the phone and you can sell anything! She has been by guide through this wild journey and I am so grateful for the opportunities she has provided. She has taught me a new way to provide for my family.
To other woman considering a career in the fastener industry, you can do it. There is a network called WIFI, Women in the Fastener Industry. They offer mentor-ship and guidance. Check out their website at www. fastenerwomen.com.
steel fasteners are fasteners that consist of stainless steel. Just like other
stainless steel materials, they have at least 10% chromium. This percentage
differentiates them from the regular steel materials. Stainless steel fasteners
have the advantage of forestalling corrosion. Normally, these materials would
need additional elements to enhance their structures. As such, it is
commonplace for such fasteners to consist of metals like nickel, titanium,
molybdenum and nitrogen among others.
Varieties of stainless steel fasteners
There are various kinds of stainless steel fasteners in the market. These varieties of fasteners include:
· 18-8: These fasteners consist of 8% nickel and 18% chromium. They include fittings like 302HQ, 303, 305, 304, 302 and XM7. The 18-8 steel fasteners usually offer huge resistance to corrosion (400 series stainless). They are also nonmagnetic and only attain hardness through cold working.
· 316: 316 stainless steel fasteners are more suited to severe environments. They are usually non-magnetic, thermally non-hardenable and austenitic. Such fasteners boast of 0.08% carbon with a higher level of nickel. The presence of 3% molybdenum posits them as one of the strongest resistors of corrosion. As such, they can withstand corrosive attacks from calcium and sodium brines, phosphoric acid, sulphite liquors and hypochlorite solutions.
· 304 stainless steel fasteners: These are austenitic steel fasteners that are nonmagnetic and need cold working to harden. They come equipped with 18% chromium, which provides them with enough resistance to oxidation and corrosion. Also, it has 8% nickel content, which enables them to resist the negative effects of reducing chemicals.
Uses of stainless steel fasteners
Stainless steel fasteners fulfill an integral role in many sectors. For instance, the construction industry uses these fasteners to build structures that support heavy weights. Thanks to their non-corrosive abilities, they are the perfect components for constructing long-lasting structures. In the motor vehicle industry, stainless steel fasteners are important in the assembly of motor vehicles. Once again, their resistance to rust makes them the perfect candidates for assembling such outdoor elements like cars.
People can also use stainless steel fasteners to connect pieces of wood. Such fasteners include lag bolts and carriage bolts. Other fasteners like shoulder bolts are helpful when creating pivot points in machines. Their smooth top sections and threaded lower areas make them a perfect fit for this purpose. People who need to bolt applications can also rely on stainless steel fasteners for this purpose. They can also provide great holding power.
The widespread of stainless steel fasteners finds basis in their numerous advantages. Primarily, they are rust and corrosion-resistant. This means that they are strong and can withstand the rigors of the conditions that accelerate rusting. Also, these fasteners give people an easy time when cleaning. The high content of chromium gives them a lustrous surface, which is smooth and easy to clean.
Regardless of their strength, stainless steel fasteners also offer an easy time with regards to unfastening. This is due to their high melting points where they can withstand heat. This prevents fusing, which could make unfastening a major hassle.
Eric works as a design technician at Ejot, UK, were he helps design some of the most advance industrial strength fasteners. Ejot quality assurances have helped them with some high profile projects such as the new confinement roof for the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and The Athletes Village for the London Olympics.
We are happy to announce that Brianne Grant has joined up
to fill our newly developed position of Western Regional Sales Manager. She brings with her over 5 years experience in the customer
service industry to All Points Fasteners.
Brianne will manage the Western Region in gaining new sales employees
and assisting our current and ever-growing customer base. Being based out of
New Mexico, Brianne is attuned to the fastener needs of our South Western
MaryLouise Eckman is very excited to have Brianne Grant
on board. Her extensive Customer Service/Sales experience will be an asset to
the team. As an industry leader, she will lead new projects with enthusiasm and
grace. Her strong team building skills will be a welcomed addition to our team.
Brianne Grant has worked with many corporations over the years. She has gained
invaluable experience in regards to service, sales, and technology. As an
employee of Verizon Wireless, she gained immense experience with servicing
customers and team building with co-workers.
But what makes Brianne special is that she started her working career as an intern with All Points Fastener for her first summer job, at the tender age of 16, cold calling for zip screws and tek screws! Working with Brianne for those three summer months, we knew even then that with her work ethic and quick learning skills, she was destined to become a positive asset to any company that hired her!
When doing Do it Yourself projects, a lot of folks get confused about what screws to use to carry out their job. There are so many choices.....so many demensions to decide on. What length should the screw be? How thick of a shank do I need? Slotted drives? Torx drive? Quadrex? What type of point do you need? Zip? Tek Point? Type 17 point? There is a purpose why each screw has a particular specification or attribute and if you don't know how your screw is going to perform you will end up blaming the fastener if it doesn't do what you want it to when the true cause was how it was used. Let's take a look at how you can decide what type of wood screws to use.
As the name suggests, wood screws are utilized when you are doing work with wood. A lot of your wood screws will be produced from a metal that isn’t likely to react with the resins as well as treatment chemicals within the wood. Some metals will leave a rather unpleasant looking stain if they come into contact with particular chemicals or resins. It used to be that you only had two choices of material for wood screws - plain carbon steel or carbon steel with zinc plating. Sometimes you could locate stainless wood screws. Now however, you can find screws for wood, usually deck screws, with special plating to protect them from chemically treated wood. They are commonly obtainable in 500 and 1000 hour salt spray tested.
There are a few options when it comes to wood screws or rather, screws you use in wood. There are wood screws that require pre-drilling since their point isn't sharp or hard enough to self start. They have coarse threads so that the wood will fill in between the threads and help to prevent them from pulling out of the softer wood or particle board. Generally, they have a prominent smooth shank (sometimes called a shoulder) to help pull together the two pieces being fastened.
Another alternative is what is referred to as a Type 17 point, which has asharp point and the thread will go all the way to the tip of the point with finer threads, generally 18 threads per inch. These work wonderful in the harder woods. As you put pressure on the screw and turn it using a drill it’ll cut into the wood and create its very own hole. These are typically rather tight fitting and don’t often tear loose. They have a cut at the tip of the point so that the displaced wood has an avenue of escape and will keep the wood from splitting.
The majority of wood screws may also have an area of non-threaded metal just beneath the head. This is so that you are able to allow the top of the screw to slide through the top piece of wood so you are able to tightly fasten the two bits of wood together.
For do it yourself projects to go smoothly, make certain that you pick the proper screw with the right features for the wood you’re going to be using and for the correct application. You should also determine if you need to use of the self tapping variety or if you will need to have to pre-drill. Just about all wood screws will work for just about all woods, however getting the best screw for the job is certainly best.
Here's a quick word of advice to point you in the right direction: For harder woods, fine threaded wood screws work best. For the softer woods or particle board, the coarse threaded screws are more appropriate. These are also sometimes called particle board screws.
What are ceramic coated zip screws? Everybody is used to seeing common self-tapping needlepoint screws, also known as zip screws, which are plated zinc. One more familar variation to zinc plated zip screws are zinc plated with the heads of the screws painted to match the gutters or siding. A much less well known option, is the ceramic coated (sometimes called Ruspert) needlepoint screws. These ceramic coated zip screws offer more resistance to rust. The complete shank of these fasteners are coated with a method which can safeguard them with a 500 hour or 1000 hour salt spray tested product. These same screws can be bought with the heads color painted as well. This offers additional protection as well as matching the color scheme of gutters and siding.
MATERIAL /FINISH: CERAMIC COATED CARBON STEEL (1000 HOUR SALT SPRAY TESTED)
There are several different variations of self-tapping, self-drilling screws, usually referred to as tek screws. Every serves its own purpose and deciding on the proper part for the job is critical in order for the screw to perform correctly.
One relatively not known tek screw is the reamer tek. The reamer tek screw is the ultimate wood To steel fastener The reamer tek screw has a flat head using a Philips drive. There are also 'wings' at the top of the drill bit. Reamer tek screws have been developed for the function of going through timber into steel. The screws are manufactured using exceptional wings which ream out the wood to prevent early thread engagement into the timber prior to the drill point drilling in the metal. The wings are made to snap-off when these folks contact with steel that is 16 gauge (.060") or thicker. These fasteners are not produced for use in steel thinner in contrast to 16 gauge. The fasteners are built using finer threads, typically 16 to 24 threads per inch, so that the drill bit can get a chance to drill in the thicker metals without snapping. There is additionally a slot in the shank that carries the metal shavings from the screw’s drill motion and stops them from interfering using the fastener threads as they tap into metal. There are a lot of uses for this little known fastener such as truck beds, trailer decks, beds, horse trailers, snowmobile trailers, 4wheeler trailers and more. These reamer tek screws will include the choice of whether #3, #4 or #5 tek screw points.
An additional choice will be what material will be used in manufacturing. Usually, these are made with normal carbon steel, but for applications requiring resistance to corrosion, similar to being utilized on wood docks close to water, there are stainless steel screws readily available. The real attraction of these fasteners are which these folks are additionally produced using carbon metal points. The main reason powering this is that the carbon steel point should give the screw the potential to drill into the steel while the body of the fastener will not corrode once being used using the special treated ACQ lumber employed using decking and dock wood. The downside to buying these screws, however, is which they are very costly services parts. A less high-priced option that is obtainable would be a reamer tek screw with unique ceramic coating.
Self tapping screws are the least thought about component when people think of buildings, furniture, cars, bikes or just about anything else you can name. But really, when you think of it, you can't throw a rock without hitting something put together with screws. Since the job of the screw is to keep things together, quality for this little thought of component is more important than people usually think.
One of the lesser known but not long ago developed model of screws is the decking screw. They are superior in quality, last for a long time and keep wood unaffected from discolorization for a long time. They not only can be used in decks but also can be used in docks, fences, spas, Gazebos, siding and other outdoor applications. Now, if you are wondering as to how these fasteners can enhance the quality of your furniture in any way, here are the points that prove its superiority.
* Decking screws can last for a long time when they have special corrosive resisting coatings.
very popular coatings are ceramic which offer 500 hours, 1000 hours and up to 1200 hours salt spray testing. This gives protection from rain and other types of elements which can cause rust in most other types of plated screws. The ceramic coating also prevents streaking or staining the lumber. They come colored coded for red, green and tan lumber.
They present a nice clean look to the surface since they are made with nibs built under the head so that they will countersink themselves and will be flush with the wood. They are specifically made with a lot of convenience to work with such as the Type 17 point which will allow the excess wood to escape and thus prevent the wood from splitting while the screw is being installed. After they are drilled in, there is no bulge on the exterior surface.
They normally come readily available in either phillips or square drive, square drive being the most well-liked because the square bits are the simplest to use as they help avert slipping.
The simple fact that they are self tapping screws they will also save you time and cash considering they will tap their own threads.
A remodeled home may possibly be constructed of the best internal materials, and might have the safest and most up-to-date wiring and plumbing. But, if the exterior doesn't look good, many possible consumers will routinely reject it. amongst other factors, climate and environment can make siding replacement necessary over time. When taking into consideration siding , what are the ideal products for the job, which include the materials used in the zip screws used to install?
There really is no solitary answer that suits all construction. The background of siding is lengthy, and products have become popular and then declined in favor. The most prevalent variety today is vinyl, a plastic compound first found in 1872. It became commercially viable in the 1930s, and was widely used in home construction after the 1960s. It has retained much of its popularity since that time, and vinyl used for this function consumes a big percentage of production.
Vinyl siding these days generally covers up older products such as wood. Wood was the predominant choice for years. When available, wood is attractive, occurs naturally, doesn't require a chemical processing plant, and adds charm and warmth to a home. It is still a very popular form of siding, but environmental and manufacturing issues have made it less economically possible for many people. Wood must be repainted just about every few years, and damp climates can cause it to deteriorate over time.
through the 1950s, a lot of homeowners began to cover their home's wooden exteriors with asbestos, prior to the acknowledgement of asbestos' inherent health hazards. This kind of siding was manufactured until the 1970s, and there are still homes that were originally covered with this form of material. Its main advantage was fire and insect resistance, but as soon as other products became obtainable, asbestos use was largely deserted.
Another economical siding alternative was asphalt. This low cost building material was one of the least attractive options available, and consisted of a base sheet covered with a thick, gooey black mixture that contains crushed rock. This material was very weather resistant, and could be disguised to look like other materials such as brick. After an initial boom during the post World War II years, the use of asphalt was eclipsed by aluminum.
Aluminum siding was also a post-war phenomenon of the second half of the 20th century. It is lightweight, relatively easy to install, and easily covers worn and unattractive older exteriors with a minimum of effort. Aluminum rarely needs repainting, won't rust, and in general has been considered a much more viable and permanent solution to external home needs. The biggest disadvantage with aluminum is production. creating aluminum from bauxite is energy-intensive and can be environmentally degrading. This metal is easily dented, and won't bounce back into shape.
Hardboard, a material composite of wood chips and epoxy resin, was touted as a substitute, but there were really serious issues with moisture retention. Because of those issues, vinyl regained the lead in siding popularity.many of the difficulties associated with vinyl have been overcome, allowing it to become the dominant material used today. It competes directly with aluminum. Vinyl won't dent, is moisture resistant, won't snap in subzero temperatures, doesn't need grounding, won't erode, and is more inexpensive during construction.
deciding on the correct material for siding installation means finding the right material appropriate to the style of construction (zip screws or tek screws , where are self tapping, included) and overall budget. For example, using vinyl to cover the exterior of a stately Victorian home would be a mismatch, and would simply not look right. On the other hand, using expensive wood siding on a tract home may not be the most practical solution, either. Avery good idea is to gather samples before deciding on alternative material, and to take a look at other homes in the neighborhood to see what has worked best. Once the choices are narrowed, then it is time to start working out the details of construction with the contractor of your choice.
Self tapping screws are very good for fastening jobs especially when you plan to attach materials that are of different types, like wood to metal, metal to plastics and metal to metal. Self tapping screws, such as zip screws and tek screws, are very versatile and simple to use since they will create their own threads as you slowly drive them unto your material, this way it will save you time. There are manykinds of screws on themarket Nowadays and they have their ownappropriate purpose, and to use them effectively you will need to know how to use self tapping screws for an simpler and safer fastening.
You should be aware that there are more than one types of tip for self tapping screws and that they are the self piercing screws, and the other is the self-drilling, tek type, screws. Self tapping screws usually need a pilot hole which is much smaller than the diameter of your screw, this way your screw can have enough material to develop its thread and attached itself into. While self piercing screws, zip screw type screws, can pierce its own hole and create its own threads during the process of driving them, this is usually done with softer materials like soft metals, wood or plastics.
If you happen to have a drill and you are doing work on attaching products which are harder than wood, lets say foran example sheet metal, then knowing how to use self tapping screws is very essential. Self tapping screws, such as stainless steel copper plated zip screws, needs pilot holes to be drilled first, and it doesn’t have to be pre-threaded because for you to use your screws. And if you happen to have or purchased self drilling self tapping screws, tek screws, so much the better. Because self drilling screws are not only capable of piercing metals even steel, but are also capable of drilling holes right into it while creating its own thread. This way you can achieve drilling, tapping and fastening at the same time, saving you much time and labor money especially when you are fastening roofing materials.
knowing how to use self tapping screws will greatly help you on using screws such as stainless steel copper plated zip screws, effectively for your materials fastening needs. Self tapping screws are readily available in hardware stores near you. You only have to learn how to use them properly and safely.