Fasteners hold the world together, both figuratively and literally. Without screws, nails, and staples, much of modern day life as we know it would fall to pieces. As construction techniques and building styles continue to advance, fasteners evolve and specialize too.
As a result of all that specialization, the range of fasteners available today can be somewhat overwhelming to those who work outside the hardware industry. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge often causes consumers to use fasteners that are less suited for a particular use.
If you would like to boost your understanding of today's hardware options, keep reading. This article will help to ensure that you pick the right fasteners for your next project by discussing three lesser-known yet highly useful types of fasteners.
1. Cement-Coated Nails
When it comes to fasteners, nothing could be more basic than a nail. Yet a surprising amount of variation exists from one type of nail to another, whether in terms of shank length, head size, or composition metal. Some nails even contain special coatings designed to give them extra holding power.
Cement-coated nails, in particular, offer some of the best grips of any nails on the market. As their name implies, these nails contain a coating of cement. The friction generated by driving the nail into place causes this cement to soften. As it re-cools around the driven nail, the cement helps to provide extra grip.
For this reason, cement-coated nails are a popular choice when doing outdoor work - nailing up vinylsiding or sheathing, for instance. High winds and extreme temperatures put a lot of stress on a nail and can cause it to work loose over time. The extra hold of a cement-coated nail allows it successfully resist such forces.
2. Trim Head Screws
The world of screws has seen just as much specialization as that of nails. One of the most useful - yet little known - types of screws goes by the name of a trim head screw. At first glance, a trim head screw looks a lot like your garden variety flat head screw with a circular head tapered to sit flat against the base material.
Yet the head of trim head screw has a much smaller diameter than that of a standard flat head screw. However, a trim head screw maintains the same sized driver recess, meaning it can be substituted for an equivalent flat head screw without problems.
The smaller head of a trim head screw gives it significant advantages as a finishing screw because a trim head screw will be much more difficult to spot. Moreover, a trim head screw whose color has been matched to the application will be nearly impossible to see.
3. Hog Rings
Nails and screws are far from the only fasteners on the market today. Staples and similar products have a wide range of applications, from drywall installation to furniture upholstery. One little-known type of staple goes by the name of the hog ring.
As this name implies, a hog ring forms a fully closed circle once it has been installed with a special pair of pliers. This method of attachment allows hog rings to lock things like wire and fabric firmly in place against their backing material. Hog rings are commonly used to hold together things like mattresses, cages, and automotive seat cushions.
For every building and improvement, a specific fastener exists that will deliver results much better than the competition, both in terms of strength and appearance. Choosing the right fastener should, therefore, be of the highest priority. For more information on the right fastener for your next improvement project, please contact Louisiana's experts at Ascension Fasteners.