Image Types of Black Coatings

You don't have to be a metallurgist to appreciate the value of a good finish on hardware. Yes, a good finish can sometimes hide less than perfect metals, but in general, an attractive finish indicates a high-quality component. A good example are the finishes of Makers Bolt fasteners, available to hobbyists, enthusiasts, and manufacturers alike. We offer fasteners in a number of black finishes. We'll discuss four: Black Oxide, Black Ruspert, Black

Fastener Types
Image Put the Load on Lag Bolts

Lag bolts, or lag screws, are deep-reaching fasteners generally used to fasten heavy lumber and other materials that bear an intense load. Lag "bolt" is a bit confusing because they don't require a nut but are more like large screws in nature.You will find lag bolts used throughout wood construction, from wood frames to load-bearing beams to picnic table legs. You tighten lag bolts down with a wrench that easily fits onto the hex head, not a

Image Stainless Steel vs. Low Carbon Steel Fasteners

Shopping for fasteners is not the most complex process, but you do have choices. Some choices are easy, like what function or size you need. Some choices are not so easy, like choosing between steel types.Steel is steel is steel, right? Not so fast. There's a big difference between carbon steel and stainless steel. Let's cover the main points.AppearanceStainless steel typically wins hands down in the appearance contes

Image What is Galvanic Corrosion and How to Prevent It

Galvanic corrosion is relatively common, and it's an issue that can be prevented by proper fastener selection. Galvanic corrosion occurs when two different metals contact each other in an environment that contains oxygen or moisture. When this happens, a small electrical current travels between the two metals, causing one of the metals to corrode more quickly than it would on its own.Electrical current?That's right. Dissimilar metals and