Fastener Superstore Blog

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We've created a new way to search for Torx® Drive Screws at Fastener SuperStore.

Whether you call them Star Drive, Six-Lobe or Torx® Drive Screws, it's undeniable that these screws provide greater driving torque and stability than almost any other screw drive style. The internal shape and increased contact points allow for increased torque, both when installing and when removing. Their design also reduce ...

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Metric Thread Forming Screws for Plastics at Fastener SuperStore

Fastener SuperStore has recently added over 500 new metric thread forming screws specifically made for use in plastics. We are now carrying 30° thread metric thread forming screws for plastics. Our spec sheets for these parts indicate "the 30° thread angle reduces the outward expansion of the material being displaced. ...

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RoHS Compliance at Fastener SuperStore

What is RoHS? RoHS stands for "Restriction of Hazardous Substances" Directive and was adopted by the European Union in 2003. It restricts the use of several hazardous materials in electronic and electrical equipment. In its current amended version, RoHS 3, it includes ten total restricted substances. Who does RoHS affect? ...

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Two New Styles of Cable Ties Available - Mil-Spec and EZ-Off™ in 8 Colors

Cable Ties, also known as Zip Ties are now available in Mil-Spec , as well as in 8 colors in the EZ-Off ™ Style. Mil-Spec Cable Ties are made in the USA and are UL approved. We now offer bulk quantities in sizes from 4.1" up to 36.7", and from ...

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Some Helpful Info About Rivets at Fastener Superstore

Grip Range is an important factor in identifying what rivet you need. Grip range tells you the range of combined thicknesses that a rivet can hold together. If you are riveting two items together which are both .09" thick, then you need a rivet with a grip range that covers ...

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Painted and Plated Parts at Fastener SuperStore

Painting Services Several of our Oval Head Machine Screws are available with heads painted in white, ivory & brown. These Screws are commonly used to match electrical switchplates. If you need a different color, or a different part painted, we can get you a quote for the job. We can ...

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BSD vs. CSD Self-Drilling Screws

You might notice some of our Self-Drilling Screw spec sheets refer to BSD and CSD styles. Here's a rundown of what those names mean, and when one or the other might be the appropriate screw for you to use. BSD Self-Drilling Screws Most standard self-drilling screws don't conform to UNC ...

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What in the World Are These Things?

We get a lot of emails from people asking us to identify strange parts they've run into. Usually it's no problem, but occasionally we get stumped. Check out the two items below and let us know if you think you know what they are. We'll get back to the owners ...

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What Grade of Stainless Steel is Right for Your Application?

18-8 stainless steel, also sometimes called 304 stainless, is the most common type used for fasteners such as machine screws and nuts . It contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel and features strong corrosion resistance, but is softer, and thus weaker, than some other grades such as 410 stainless. Self-drilling ...

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Hex Head Cap Screws vs. Hex Tap Bolts

Fastener SuperStore carries hex head bolts in the two most common styles: Hex Head Cap Screws and Hex Tap Bolts. Hex Head Cap Screws are the most common type of hex head bolt. Starting at 1/4" diameters and going up to 1 1/2", they are generally, but not always, partially ...