Wing Nuts in Zinc Plated Steel
Easily Installed and Removed by Hand
Wing Nuts feature two protruding wings on either side of the nut to tighten or loosen by hand. Wing Nuts are commonly seen on assemblies that require adjustment or are not permanent. They are also used when convenience is a driving factor.
Zinc Plated Steel
Zinc is by far the most common and economical type of plating for fasteners. The zinc plating adds a protective "sacrificial" top layer against corrosion while also adding a shiny finish to the fastener. Zinc plating is ideal for indoor use where it won't be constantly exposed to harsh elements.
|Nut Sizes||Wing Span||Thickness|
|#6||Max 0.72" - Min 0.59"||Max 0.11" - Min 0.07"|
|#8||Max 0.91" - Min 0.78"||Max 0.14" - Min 0.10"|
|#10||Max 0.91" - Min 0.78"||Max 0.14" - Min 0.10"|
|1/4"||Max 1.10" - Min 0.97"||Max 0.18" - Min 0.14"|
|5/16"||Max 1.25" - Min 1.12"||Max 0.21" - Min 0.17"|
|3/8"||Max 1.44" - Min 1.31"||Max 0.24" - Min 0.20"|
|7/16"||Max 1.94" - Min 1.81"||Max 0.33" - Min 0.26"|
|1/2"||Max 1.94" - Min 1.81"||Max 0.33" - Min 0.26"|
|5/8"||2.770" REF||0.352" REF|
How is a wing nut designed to be tightened?
Wing nuts are designed to be tightened with your fingers. They can also be tightened using special wing nut drivers that are compatible with power tools.
How do you use wing nuts?
Wing nuts should be used in applications where the workpiece needs to be frequently changed or moved.
What is a butterfly nut?
A butterfly nut is a nut with wing-like protrusions on either side, intended to be fastened by hand. It's another name for a wing nut.
What is zinc plated steel?
Zinc plated steel is steel that goes through the process of adding a layer or coating of zinc to protect the steel from corrosion. The added layer of zinc sacrifices itself to keep the steel from rusting, even if the plating is damaged.
Is zinc plated steel rust proof?
No. Zinc plating adds a layer of corrosion resistance for rust protection. Still, it's a thin plating, and it's not as rust resistant as hot-dip galvanizing, which also uses a zinc top layer. While not the most corrosive resistant of materials, zinc plating is easily the most economical and commonly used.
Can zinc plated steel be used outside?
Zinc plating is not a good form of corrosive protection for outdoor use, especially near saltwater or in marine environments. For those applications, stainless steel or potentially hot-dip galvanized steel would work better. Zinc-plated steel is better for indoor use.