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What are the Differences between Bolts and Screws?

November 1, 2017

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Home improvements are a popular way to increase the property value and functionality of a home, but when planning a DIY home improvement project, choosing the right fastener for the job at hand can be tough. This is true, especially if one doesn’t know the characteristics and differences between bolts and screws.

When walking the isles of a hardware store, passing the countless bins of various types and sizes of fasteners, it can be overwhelming to make a choice which fastener to use without understanding the differences between bolts and screws. However, understanding how both of these types of fasteners work will help you to know which is most appropriate for your home DYI improvement project.

The Difference between Bolts and Screws

If you have plans for a home improvement project or other type of repair work that requires joining materials together, then you need to choose a type of fastener that best meets your needs. To help you do that, here are the differences between screws and bolts:

Standard screws – these are threaded fasteners that hold two or more pieces of materials together. Typically screws are best used to fasten non-metal materials together as these are driven into the surface of material to be joined by rotation, the threads of the screw when turned grip and hold materials together. These come in a many styles and sizes, and one of the main benefits is that screws are easily removed if needed.

Deck screws – these are just like standard screws except they are specially coated to resist corrosion, and are best used for outdoor projects.

Standard bolts – if you need to fasten high load bearing materials, then using bolts is best. There are many sizes to meet literally any projects requirements, and they are also easy to remove when needed. However, unlike screws that can bore into softer materials, standard bolts require pre-drilling holes and then wrenches are used to secure and tighten them.

Basically, bolts are just like screws. However, they rotate into a matching sized nut to secure two pieces of material together, screws do not. Also, screws have a tapered shaft and bolts do not, this means that a screw can work on its own to fasten materials together, while a bolt requires a nut, but it can handle high bearing loads.

Getting your hands of the bolts and screws you need may not be convenient, as not everyone lives near a hardware store. Not to worry, Ebolts online store has all the fasteners you need for you DYI projects, ordering is easy, prices are fair, and deliver is fast.

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