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Bolts, Nuts & Washers

Buy Bolts, Nuts and Washers at Tradefix Direct. High-quality fixings such as coach bolts, roofing bolts and set screws are available with great bulk quantity discounts.

Bolts, Nuts and Washers – A Buying Guide

Will it be a hex head, a coach bolt or a threaded rod? If you’re trying to buy bolts and nuts for your application, you may need a little help deciphering what’s available. Here’s the Tradefix Direct guide to bolts, nuts and washers.

When should I use coach bolts?

You’ll find coach bolts are the fixing of choice for most large building projects. They are typically used at critical points within a structure to join timber segments together and are a far more durable option than nails, screws and many other types.

When should I use roofing bolts and hook bolts?

Roofing bolts have lots of other applications beyond roofs, but they are particularly handy for metal to metal roofing jobs where the broad, flat head creates a more secure fix. They’re also ideal for trunking and cable trays.

The j-shaped hook bolts sit over the edge of metal beams (purlins) and prevent it from moving whilst being tightened. This is important not only for creating a water-tight seal, but also for making fiddly work easier.

When should I choose hexagon head bolts?

Hexagon head bolts, also known as hex bolts are appropriate for fixing wood, steel and other construction materials. With a high tensile strength they are a good ‘go-to’ option for all applications requiring a strong fixing. Their size and head shape also makes them easy to fit using the widest possible range of tools – ideal for tight spaces.

When to use a threaded rod

Threaded rods don’t have a head – they’re simply all thread in a rod which you cut to length. That makes them very versatile and ideal for a wide range of hanging, connecting or fixing applications. For most durable results, fix in place using a chemical resin.

Eye bolts and hook bolts

Eye bolts (aka lifting eyes or eyelets) are bolts with a loop at one end. They are designed for lifting loads (such as ropes, cables or suspended lighting). The load they can carry is determined not only by their size, but also by their construction. A simple folded eye bolt, for example, will carry a much lower load than a forged eye bolt. Hook bolts perform a similar function. Again, look for forged ones to ensure the load doesn’t cause the hook to open.

When would I use high tensile bolts?

You can still buy cheap bolts and nuts without sacrificing performance. Take our high tensile bolts (aka set screws). Tensile strength is a measure of the load it can support without fracturing. So, how high a load can set screws take? Our bolts and nuts are grade 8.8 (you might see them marked with an S or three radial lines – all of which mean the same thing). This means they are heavy duty, capable of withstanding a stress of 45 to 49.9 metric tonnes per 6.45 cm². They’re well suited to a variety of tasks.

What do holding down bolts do?

As the name implies, holding down bolts (or HD bolts) are anchoring bolts typically used in fastening column base plates. Their structural role requires high tensile strength, which is why ours are Grade 8.8.

The options for nuts

There’s a surprising range of options when it comes to nuts. From wing nuts (handy if the nut’s being removed with any regularity) to Nyloc nuts, with a nylon insert that prevents it from loosening over time.

Do I need to use washers with my bolt?

Not always, but washers can be essential if you’re bolting through wood or other relatively soft materials. When you tighten a nut and bolt assembly, the heads can bite into the surface material. That doesn’t just look bad – it can also cause damage. A washer helps distribute the load of the fastener across a wider surface area, reducing the risk of damage. The larger the washer, the greater the effect, but there may be a trade-off in terms of aesthetics. Penny washers perform whilst keeping a low profile. Square plates offer even greater load distribution but are a little more obtrusive. They’re ideal for use with coach bolts.

Buy cheap bolts, nuts and washers at Tradefix Direct

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Need help choosing the right bolts and nuts for your project? Get in touch today and we’ll recommend the best product for your application.