Brass Fasteners

Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc. The color of brass can vary from dark to light based on the zinc content; more zinc content produces lighter brass. Brass is prized for its corrosion resistance; however it is quite soft so it is not suitable for all applications. Brass conducts electricity and is also a good conductor of heat. It is often used in pipes, weather stripping, trim, radiators, musical instruments, and firearms.

Machined Brass Fasteners (Screws, nuts, bolts, etc.) are made from alloy 360 brass, and non-machined parts like washers are made from alloy 270 brass.

Brass Fasteners and brass plated screws are best used for projects that are static, as in they won’t be tampered with. Also brass plated screws are good for indoor use, since the chances of it corroding from the elements is much lower. Pure brass screws might be more expensive, but with that cost come the peace of mind that it will last a long time.

The anti-corrosive and water resistant nature of brass screws and fasteners make them more than ideal for exterior use. Rain, air, and humidity typically break down iron screws, even galvanized iron screws. Moisture inside wood will also rust common iron or steel screws; this is why brass works great with wooden outdoor structures.Brass fasteners also match wood colour much better than steel or even stainless steel hardware. Solid brass screws will not rust, which gives them a huge advantage over other similar rust resistant hardware and fasteners.

Types Of Fasteners & Brass Fasteners

For the best organization, we can divide industrial fasteners into two overarching groups: threaded fasteners and non-threaded fasteners.

Threaded Fasteners

Threaded fasteners are those fasteners that feature spiral ridges, called threads, on their body. Threads help them stay secure.

Prominent examples of thread fasteners included nuts, bolts, screws, studs, clinching fasteners, hex bolts, self-tapping screws, cap screws, tap-end studs, double-end studs, and continuous-thread studs.

Nuts are metal blocks designed to work with bolts in order to create a strong attachment between the joining surfaces. To do so, they use internal threads that fit and hold onto the upper shaft of bolts.

Bolts (bolt stud fasteners) , the counterpart of nuts, feature an external, partially threaded shaft. Users push them through the workpiece and secure them on the other side with nuts. Together nuts and bolts are known as nut and bolt assemblies.

Screws are an extremely broad category of externally threaded fasteners. In general, they feature a spiral shaped thread shaft and a head. Since they feature a head, they do not need any other hardware to stay in place.

Studs are metal shafts or rods with threads on both sides.

Clinching fasteners, sometimes called clinch fasteners, self-clinching fasteners, or captive fasteners, are fasteners that when driven into ductile metal, deform the metal around the workpiece mounting hole. When they do so, the displaced metal cold flows into an annular recess located in the fastener pilot or shank. Clinching fasteners contrast with those fasteners that deform when they are installed.

Hex bolts are bolts that feature a hexagon shaped head. They are common for use in construction.

Self-tapping screws can tap their own hole as a user drives them into place.

Cap screws are fully threaded fasteners designed to fasten machine parts.

Tap-end studs are studs that feature long threads on one end and short ends on the other. The long end is called a nut-end. Users can round or chamfer the long end, and they can screw the short end into tapped holes.

Double-end studs are those studs that feature chamfered points and threads of equal lengths on both ends. Most often, customers purchase this type of fastener for flange bolting.

Continuous thread studs are studs that have no break in their threading. Rather, they are threaded continuously from end to end. Customers also often use continuous thread studs for flange bolting, though to do so, they must also use two

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