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In the realm of mechanical fasteners, nuts play a pivotal role. Imagine them as precision-engineered components with threaded holes that seamlessly align with the external threads of bolts, screws, or studs. When these mechanical partners join forces, they excel at securely uniting multiple components. Nuts often sport classic shapes like hexagons or squares, making them an ideal fit for tools such as wrenches, sockets, or nut drivers. Here's the intriguing part: some nuts, like wing nuts, are thoughtfully designed for effortless manual operation—no tools needed!
Ever wondered how nuts really work? It's all about the clamping force! When the male threads of a bolt and the female threads of a nut come together, this force springs into action. We call it pretension or bolt preload. This magic happens as the helical threads on the nut and bolt make contact, effectively extending the bolt's length.
As you tighten the bolt and nut, they create an axial force or tension within the bolt, while the components they're connecting experience compression. The tension in the bolt causes its threads to grip the nut's threads tightly, creating significant friction that keeps the bolt from loosening.
Larger nuts provide more clamping force but require more tightening for a robust joint. When a specific clamping force is needed, a torque wrench comes in handy to avoid over or under-tightening. And for added strength, you can use thread-locking adhesive. Once you've applied the right amount of bolt preload using a hand tool, wrench, or other equipment, your components are effectively assembled together.
That's nuts at work!
Nuts are like the building blocks of machinery, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to meet different needs. Our guide introduces 25 distinct nut varieties, each with its unique features and uses. Whether you're working with SAE or Metric measurements, we've got you covered, making it easier for you to find the right nut for your project.
Acorn Cap Nuts: Acorn cap nuts, often referred to as dome nuts, are a popular choice for those seeking both visual appeal and practicality in their projects. These nuts sport a distinctive design with a domed top that not only adds a polished finish to joints but also shields the external threads of the male fastener from potential harm and environmental wear.
Installing and removing acorn cap nuts is a breeze, requiring only a hand wrench or manual effort. Our extensive range includes sizes from #4-40 to ¾”-10, catering to various needs. You'll also find these nuts available in an array of materials, including 304 and 316 stainless steel, A2 stainless steel, nickel-plated steel, chrome-plated steel, and brass, ensuring compatibility with your specific requirements. Discover the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality with our acorn cap nuts.
High Crown Cap Nuts: High crown cap nuts, a variant of classic acorn nuts, take elegance and adaptability to new heights. With an extended domed top, these nuts accommodate a greater protrusion from the male fastener, ensuring a refined and finished appearance. You can choose between rounded dome top and flat top designs, both featuring internal threading.
Our offerings cater to diverse needs, ranging in size from a compact ⅜”-16 to a substantial ½”-13, with various length options for added versatility. These high crown cap nuts are exclusively crafted from durable 18-8 stainless steel, ensuring resilience and longevity. Elevate your projects with the perfect blend of aesthetics and flexibility offered by our high crown cap nuts.
Extra Tall Acorn Nuts: Extra tall acorn nuts, with their exceptionally tall domed tops and deep internal threading, strike a harmonious balance between traditional acorn cap nuts and their extra tall counterparts. The heightened crown of these nuts surpasses the standard acorn nut while maintaining a slightly lower profile compared to the extra tall version.
The crown or dome of these nuts features internal threading, making them a preferred choice when aesthetics and a polished appearance are paramount. Available in a range of sizes from as small as #10-24 to a substantial ½”-13, these nuts are exclusively crafted from durable 18-8 stainless steel. Elevate your projects with the enduring quality and American craftsmanship of our extra tall cap nuts, proudly Made in the USA.
Extra Tall Flat Cap Nuts: Extra tall flat cap nuts, akin to extra tall acorn nuts but with a distinctive flat cap, are your ideal choice when aesthetics and corrosion resistance are paramount in your design. Crafted in the USA from robust 18-8 stainless steel, these nuts are available in a variety of sizes ranging from ⅜”-16 to ½”-13, with different length options.
This versatility sets them apart from standard acorn nuts and high crown nuts, which typically come in a single standard length. With these extra tall flat cap nuts, you have the freedom to tailor your fastening solutions to your specific needs. Trust in the quality of American craftsmanship for your projects; all extra tall cap nuts from Albany County Fasteners are proudly Made in the USA.
Castle Nuts: Castle nuts, also known as castellated nuts, derive their name from their resemblance to the battlements of a medieval castle. These nuts find their place in applications requiring low torque. Using a castle nut is straightforward: thread it onto the male fastening component, much like a standard hex nut. Next, drill a hole slightly larger than the cotter pin's size through the threaded shaft of the male fastener. Then, insert a cotter pin or safety wire through the slots of the castle nut, into the drilled hole in the bolt, and bend it to lock the nut and bolt securely. You can choose from castle nuts made of durable 304 stainless steel or brass to suit your specific needs
Coupling Nuts: Coupling nuts, sometimes called extension nuts, hex standoffs, or long nuts, serve a clear purpose: joining male fasteners together. These nuts, resembling elongated hex nuts with a threaded hole, are most commonly employed to connect threaded rods. Utilizing coupling nuts is a straightforward process, much like using standard hex nuts. They are designed to connect fasteners of the same size, often extending shorter threaded rods to create more extensive rod assemblies. You have a variety of materials to choose from, including 304 and 316 stainless steel, hot-dip galvanized steel, zinc-plated steel, and aluminum, ensuring compatibility with your specific needs.
|Coupling Reducer Nuts: Coupling reducer nuts, akin to standard coupling nuts, fulfill the role of joining male threaded fasteners. The distinction lies in their ability to connect fasteners of varying sizes. Beyond this, their operation and intent remain consistent with that of regular coupling nuts. Installing coupling reducer nuts mirrors the process of using standard hex nuts and is employed to extend shorter threaded rods into more extensive rod assemblies. Please note that our coupling reducer nuts are exclusively available in zinc-plated steel, serving your threaded connection needs with quality and reliability.|
Hex Flange Nuts: Hex flange nuts, a unique variation of the traditional hex nut, boast an integrated wide flange that serves as an inbuilt washer. This ingenious design spreads the applied load across a broader surface area, safeguarding your assembled components from potential damage. Hex flange nuts find their niche when used alongside softer materials in your projects..
There are two distinct varieties of hex flange nuts to cater to your specific needs. Serrated flange nuts feature a serrated face on the flange, enhancing their grip by "biting" into the assembly. This locking effect is particularly valuable in applications prone to vibration-induced loosening. On the other hand, non-serrated flange nuts excel in scenarios where expediency or the even distribution of loads is the priority..
Our serrated hex flange nuts are available in 304, 316, and A2 stainless steel, as well as zinc-plated steel. Meanwhile, our non-serrated flange nuts come in 304 stainless steel, 316 stainless steel, A2 stainless steel, zinc-plated steel grade A, and zinc-plated steel grade C, providing a comprehensive selection to meet your project's demands.
Hex Jam Nuts: Hex jam nuts, akin to their standard hex nut counterparts, differentiate themselves primarily through their slim profile. These nuts, also known as thin nuts, measure approximately two-thirds the thickness of a standard hex nut and are engineered to serve as effective lock nuts.
One of the key applications of hex jam nuts is to complement another nut, locking its position when the second nut isn't secured against another component. For example, when paired with a standard nut, hex jam nuts excel at anchoring an item to a fastener without exerting force on the item itself. Here's how it works: initially, you tighten a standard nut onto the component to be assembled. Then, you secure the hex jam nut on top of the first nut. Subsequently, you loosen and re-tighten the first nut against the second nut. This ingenious mechanism curbs axial movement and indentation in your assembled components while preserving their ability to rotate, making them ideal for applications like bearing installations.
Moreover, hex jam nuts can step in for standard hex nuts in situations where the latter wouldn't fit. Our inventory includes hex jam nuts crafted from various materials, including 18-8, 316, and A2 stainless steel, zinc-plated steel, brass, and silicon bronze, ensuring you have the right nut for the job.
Hex Nuts: Meet the workhorse of the nut world, the standard hex nut. With its hexagonal exterior body, this nut reigns as the most ubiquitous and versatile in its category. It's offered in a wide array of sizes, ensuring compatibility with bolts of various dimensions. Thanks to its exterior hex shape, you can effortlessly install it using standard tools like a wrench, socket, torque wrench, or nut driver.
Our inventory boasts hot dip galvanized standard hex nuts, available with either fine (UNF) or coarse (UNC) threads, spanning from as small as ¼”-20 to as grand as 3”-4. It's important to note that for these nuts, it's advisable to pair them exclusively with hot dip galvanized male fasteners. This safeguards against corrosion and upholds the integrity of your joint by preventing the use of dissimilar metals in the connection.
Explore the plethora of materials we offer for your standard hex nuts, including 18-8 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel, Zinc Plated Steel, Plain Alloy Steel, Silicon Bronze, Hot Dip Galvanized Steel, Brass, Aluminum, Chrome Plated Steel, and Black Chrome Plated Steel. Rest assured; you'll find the perfect standard hex nut for your project within our diverse selection.
Keps K Lock Nuts: Meet the keps k-lock nut, your perfect partner for streamlined component assembly. It's all about simplicity and security with this nut, which cleverly combines a standard hex nut with a lock washer. This unique design ensures that your projects come together effortlessly.
Imagine a washer with a conical shape and tiny "teeth" that grip the assembled component's surface. This feature effectively prevents the nut from loosening, adding an extra layer of reliability to your work.
Our keps k-lock nuts are available in 304 and A2 stainless steel, as well as zinc-plated steel. With these dependable nuts at your disposal, you can tackle your projects with ease.
Knurled Thumb Nuts: Introducing knurled thumb nuts, the ultimate in hassle-free installation. These circular gems boast an exterior surface with a unique knurled pattern that lets you tighten or loosen them by hand. No tools needed!
Perfect for those moments when aesthetics matter most or when you need a quick, adjustable fastening solution. Our knurled thumb nuts are available in 18-8 Stainless Steel and Brass, ensuring you have the right touch of style for your project.
Machine Screw Nuts: Meet your go-to nuts for machine screws! These hex finish nuts are specially designed for screws with diameters under 1/4". They're just like standard hex nuts but compact, making them a perfect fit for smaller projects.
Use them when your screws extend beyond a threaded hole, especially if that hole isn't pre-threaded. Our machine screw nuts come in various materials, including 18-8 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel, Brass, Zinc Plated Steel, Black Oxide Stainless Steel, Silicon Bronze, and Plain Alloy Steel, giving you options for any job.
|Small Pattern Machine Screw Nuts: When space is tight, reach for small pattern hex machine screw nuts! These nuts are just like standard machine screw nuts but designed for confined areas. They have a smaller wrench size, making them perfect for tight spots. Small pattern machine screw nuts come in 18-8 Stainless Steel and Zinc Plated Steel options, so you're covered for any space-constrained job.|
|Non-Serrated Hex Flange Cone Locking Nuts: Meet your assembly's best friend - non-serrated hex flange cone locking nuts! These nuts are like stover nuts but with a built-in washer-like flange. They do double duty, making installation a breeze and distributing forces over a wider area. Thanks to their distorted threads, they stay put, resisting loosening from shock and vibration. Get these nuts in plain steel for your secure fastening needs.|
|Nylon Insert Lock Nuts: Introducing nylon insert lock nuts - your solution to preventing unwanted loosening! These nuts have a standard hex shape but come with a handy nylon insert at the top. The magic happens as you secure them onto your bolt or screw. The nylon insert molds to the threads, creating a locking effect. It's like a hug that keeps things snug and resists vibration and cross-threading. Choose from various materials like stainless steel, zinc-plated steel, and more to suit your needs.|
|Projection Hex Weld Nuts: Meet projection hex weld nuts, your go-to solution for thin or one-sided materials! These nuts provide threaded holes when tapping isn't an option. Simply spot weld them to another object and use screws for assembly. They come with handy protrusions called "projections" that melt into the host material during welding, creating a strong bond. Choose from short or long projection options for your welding needs. Our selection includes 3 and 6 projection hex weld nuts in plain steel.|
Shear Nuts - Tamper Proof Security Nuts: Looking for tamper-proof security? Shear nuts are your answer! These nuts create permanent joints that can't be tampered with. They feature a unique conical shape with coarse threads, topped by a threadless hex. As you tighten the fastener with a wrench or socket, the hex breaks off, ensuring the nut can't be loosened. Ideal for places like hospitals, schools, and road signs, where removal prevention is crucial. Our shear nuts come in 304 stainless steel and Zamak 5 zinc alloy options.
|Slotted Hex Nuts: Looking for a secure fit with cotter pins? Slotted hex nuts are here to help. These nuts come with slots on top, resembling castle nuts, and serve a similar purpose. Slide them onto the male fastener, drill a hole in it, and use a cotter pin or safety wire to lock it in place through the nut's slot. These nuts have a lower profile compared to castle nuts. Get them in plain steel for your needs.|
|Square Nuts: Square nuts, with their four sides, offer more contact area with your components, ensuring a secure hold that won't easily loosen. While they resist loosening effectively, they may require more effort to tighten. Square nuts are commonly used alongside square-headed bolts and flat washers. Find them in various materials, including 304 and 316 stainless steel, zinc-plated steel, and hot dip galvanized steel.|
|Stover Nuts: Stover nuts, also known as prevailing torque lock nuts, feature a rounded top and flat bottom. Their specially designed Imperfect threads near the top provide excellent resistance to shock and vibration. Plus, they're wax-treated to prevent galling during installation. Find them in durable zinc-plated steel.|
|T-Nuts: T-nuts, also known as tee nuts or barrel nuts, are perfect for softer materials like wood and plastics. Shaped like a "T," they feature an internally threaded bore with prongs that firmly grip the material when joined with a male fastener. This ensures a secure connection that's unlikely to come loose. Most T-nuts have either 3 or 4 prongs, which reduce the risk of material splitting or cracking. Ideal for furniture assembly, T-nuts are available in 304 and 316 stainless steel, as well as zinc-plated steel.|
Tri Groove Security Nuts: Tri-groove security nuts, also known as trident nuts, provide tamper-proof security without the need for a hex feature to be sheared off during assembly. Their tapered outer surface resists gripping tools like wrenches or pliers, requiring a unique tri-groove socket for installation. Available in 316 stainless steel and zinc alloy, these nuts ensure added security.
|Two Way Reversible Lock Nuts: Two-way reversible lock nuts, also known as centerlock nuts, are designed with a unique feature - a distorted thread at the center of their interior threads. This design allows them to be used in either orientation, top-up or top-down. By creating resistance between the male threads and the nut's threads, these nuts effectively prevent joint loosening. They come in 18-8 and 316 stainless steel, as well as zinc-plated steel for various applications.|
Well Nuts: Well nuts are versatile removable rivet nuts, primarily composed of EPDM rubber with an inner brass threaded section. They are commonly used in water-related applications, like kayaks, to securely attach items without water leakage concerns. While sometimes known as Rawlnuts, this is a proprietary term. Well nuts are an excellent choice for both freshwater and saltwater environments, serving as a barrier against Galvanic Corrosion and shock absorption in various applications, including watercraft, automotive systems, compressors, and engines.
|Wing Nuts: Wing nuts are a unique type of nut featuring two outwardly extending wings, allowing effortless hand-driven installation and removal. They find common use in applications where joints require frequent adjustments or when a non-permanent connection is needed. Some wing nuts come with flanged bodies, enhancing contact with assembled components. Available in various materials such as 304, 316 stainless steel, A2 stainless steel, zinc-plated steel, brass, and zinc alloy.|
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All About Cap Nuts: High Crown, Too Tall, & Standard Nuts
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners, Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today we're going to discuss high crown and too tall cap nuts. So let's get started.
I have cap nuts here. I have a standard cap nut that you'll find almost anywhere. I have what they call a high crown and you can see, the crown's a little higher. It's probably somewhere about, I would say about, a heavy 3/8 of an inch taller than a standard cap nut. Then we have too tall. We have a too tall in a flat head and we have too tall in a rounded head.
Now the two tall come fully threaded all the way through the inside to the top. So you have full threads all the way through. You have on the too tall what they call a flat top. You can see the top is flat and it has a chamfered edge around it and on the round the top is just rounded over like the standard cap nut at the top.
They call these too tool because they're approximately, if you took the high crowns, double the height almost. But if you had two high crowns, I don't have two high crowns here but if I did, it would be close to this size and that's why they call it a too tall.
These are USA made products, they're made here in the USA. They're quality products. These are 18-8 stainless steel. They're available on our shelf ready to ship.
The question always comes up "what do I use for different things"? Depends on your application. So many different applications out there. How far is your threaded bolt sticking out on the other end? If it was sticking out that much, you couldn't use a standard cap nut. You're going to see probably about a 1/4" - 3/8" of an inch sticking out. If that was the application. So, then you would go to the high crown.
I'll just keep my finger there as a stop, and that just makes it. Those are the different applications. This one, which is double tall, will keep on going and, just so you know, you will get some gulling because the difference here with stainless steel is that you have a rolled thread on the bolt and on the actual cap nut you have cut threads. So you have two different threads running against each other which creates gulling. You can use some lubricant. That works well.
I just want to show you on this how far this will go in. So you're looking at a good 1-1/2" of this 2" bolt, that I have here. It'll go all the way in to this cap nut and there it is.
As far as applications go, there are many different applications. I've seen these used for - they get polished up - some people will take them and polish them up. Polished stainless is amazing - the way it looks. They'll take them and put them on their trucks and their cars just for the look. It's all dependent on application.
Here at my packaging machine, I want to demonstrate to you how they incorporated a cap nut. This is a standard cap nut. This is the bowl where the fasteners go in. This is a feeder and they used a cap nut, at the top, along with a lock washer to hold this cone in place so the fasteners don't build up and around the center of the machine. Here they used a standard cap nut with a lock washer to hold this cone in place.
You could also, in this application, use any of them. Here's a high crown, that works on there, and here's a double tall. You can use that on there. This is actually a lot easier because sometimes the small little fasteners that we put in this machine, they get underneath this cone a little bit. They jam under there and you have to take this off. That's why they make it so you can screw it off with your fingers. I just used the top round one.
That's pretty cool looking, but functionally it doesn't matter. The standard that comes with the machine, you can see here, the standard cap nut, finishes it off nice. Nothing can build on top during fastener jobs.
Little fasteners, like a two point five millimeter falling on top won't stay on top of this nut. It just falls off and that's just the design. I just wanted to show you on my packaging machine how that could be applied.
How to Use Hex Jam Nuts
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Bob: This is what they call a jam nut. Jam nuts are about half the size of a regular finish nut in height. Otherwise the circumference and everything else is the same; they use the same wrench to apply the nut and to remove the nut.
Jam nuts, just to give you an idea what these do, you use two nuts together and then you tighten them up against each other. That's why they call them jam nuts: you use them together, you tighten them up, and I'll show you. I'll do a demonstration of that also, but typically that's how they're used. They're also used in tight areas where you can't have a full-size nut.
So I'm going to demonstrate the installation of the jam nuts that I have here. I have two of them. Jam nuts are also called thin nuts. The difference is that they're about half the size of a regular nut. You can see that here.
I'm going to put the first one on and then I'm going to put the second one on. I'm going to use an adjustable wrench to grab the bottom nut. Then I'm going to use the ratchet on the top to tighten it up.
Now I'm tightening them up against each other. That's one of the reasons why they call them jam nuts. Jam nuts are also available in nylon lock nuts where you don't have to use this situation. Obviously jam nuts can be used in many different applications such as if you have a tight area like in a car application where you don't have the room to use a regular sized nut. They'll use jam nuts or a single jam nut to get on the back of an alternator for a bracket; something along those lines. They also use the nylons in that situation.
So there's many different situations that you can use this in. They also sometimes want to put a jam nut like this to wherever it's keeping in place. They want this whole mechanism to be able to turn and move because they might be a moving arm on this bolt holding it in place. They also are used with shoulder bolts. So you'll find jam nuts used with shoulder bolts a lot on mechanical equipment. However you should know that if this is being used in a vibrating machine or something along those lines, these do have a tendency to loosen apart.
So if you want them to stay use some Loctite or some other locking product to keep them in place like they are here. And that's it.
How to Install Breakaway Shear Security Nuts | Fasteners 101
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners - Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today I'm going to demonstrate to you a breakaway security nut.
So, I have here a breakaway security nut. Basically, it has a nut welded or it’s an integral part, not even welded, of the process when they made this. There is a weak point right here at the neck. As pressure gets put on the nut sides to tighten it, that will break away from the security cone nut.
Now this is almost the same thing as a tri-groove nut but doesn't have the tri-grooves in it to be able to remove this nut down the road. There'll be only one way to remove this nut. You're going to have to take an abrasive and you have to cut the ends or put some type of groove in it that you can get a flat head screwdriver in it or a vise grip around it.
So I’m going to demonstrate this now - the installation - and how it breaks away. We're going to put a carriage bolt in here. I'm going to hand-turn this on, like that. I'm gonna snug it up. Now, this is for demonstration purposes.
These particular breakaway nuts are used a lot in street signs. So, go out in the street, look at the signs you'll find them there. They come in stainless steel. They also come in zinc. I don't know if they come in hot dipped galvanized; not sure about that. But check our site. If they're available, we have them up there.
I have this snug right now on this piece of steel and I'm going to start to tighten it. Once it reaches to a certain pressure it's going to break and you're going to watch that happen right here. Okay I'm just going to turn it and it's tightening, and the other side is turning on me so I'm going to hold it and now it's gonna pop off. And that's what you have when you're all said and done.
This is the nut (hex) part that snapped off. Now you're not going to get this off. Unless you use a grinder with an abrasive and you cut grooves in it and then take it off with a wrench. So it's a process.
Thanks for watching.
How to Remove Breakaway Shear Security Nuts | Fasteners 101
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners - Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today I'm going to demonstrate to you how to remove a security nut. So, let's get started.
I have my cordless grinder with an abrasive wheel on it and I'm going to cut a groove on this side and the other side, so I can get a wrench onto this security nut that's made so you can't get anything on it.
No matter what you do, you can't grip it, so we have to create something to grip it. So, we're going to cut the edge there a little bit to flatten it out and see how we do. Here we go.
I did one side over here. I'm gonna do the other side now. Make sure you wear protection. You must have eye protection.
As you can see there, it's cut so we can get a wrench on it. That only took me about a minute - minute and a half. I'm going to stick a vise grips on it and we're going to turn it. There it is. I've taken it off. Took me a couple of minutes just to get it off.
That's how you would remove a security nut without any groove to use the tool on it. Thanks for watching.
How to Install & Remove TriGroove Tamper Proof Nuts
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Bob: This one I have, this is called a tri groove nut. It has three grooves on it: one, two, three. There's three grooves on here. This is a security nut. This is to prevent anybody from trying to put a wrench on it. It's very hard to put a wrench on this nut.
You could probably put a vice grip on it and it'll hold it and you'll get it off but it's really a deterrent for anybody walking by who wants to try and take something. That's what it's mainly used for and it takes a special socket that goes over this nut and locks into those three grooves to be able to tighten it on.
Now I'm going to demonstrate the installation of a tri-groove nut. This is a security nut so if you want to keep something secure, such as the television, or whatever it may be from anybody removing it.
Tri-groove nuts have these three grooves and you need a special tool or socket to install it. You see they have those three grooves in it. So I'm going to demonstrate this right now, an installation of it.
I'm putting it through my 3/8 steel here. I'm going to screw it on so it snugs up and I'm going to tighten it up with this special tool. I need an adjustable on the other side. There we go.
Bear with me a minute...there we go. So I'm going to wedge it against the vice so I don't have to hold two hands. With these you can only do so much torqueing with it cause otherwise it wants to skip out.
Ok, that's the installation of a tri-groove nut. You can't put anything on this to take it off. It's all round. You have to have this tool to take it off. That's what's key to this nut. You can put this where you can't get to the head.
There are installations where you won't be able to access the head so you can't put anything on it. If you can then you would use a security screw with another type of security fastener or wrench to put it in place like a Torx with a pin in the center or something along those lines.
They also have tri-groove bolts that are available. I'm not sure if we have them on our website yet but they are available. You can't take a wrench like this and take it off because what happens is, it's been designed to where you just slide.
Now let's try the ultimate way to get this off: this is a vice grip. So if anything was going to take it off, it's going to be this. So let's see if we can do it. I haven't tried this but I'm gonna give it a shot. I'm trying to grab it on the top ridge of it and I'm gonna try and lock the vise grip; see if it holds.
Nah, see what happens once I apply pressure to it? It starts to slide off. So let's see if I can get it this way...no. There's not enough lip on the top to be able to use the vise grip to grab it. Even this way I can't grab it. So there's basically no way to get this off unless you have the tool. It's too smooth, there's nothing for the vice grip to grab. This is the tool, if you're going to use anything, to get this off.
You need the right tool, which is this: socket with the tri-grooves in the socket, and that would take it off and put it on. I'm going to take it off now. As you can see, you have the right tool...you can remove it.
And that's my demonstration of a tri-groove security nut.
How Do Well Nuts Work: Well Nuts | Review & Installation | Fasteners 101 Demo
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners - Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today I'm gonna show you how to install a well nut. So, let's get started.
I have here a well nut. They fall under the category of rivet nuts also. This is an EPDM neoprene nut and inside it has a brass threaded insert. So this works well in many different applications. We'll go through those applications, right after I give you the demonstration on installing this.
I'll use this as my material that I'm attaching. Now you can attach multiple materials together with this nut and I have here a 1/4"-20 pan head machine screw with a washer on top. As in a lot of applications, if you're going through, let's say, a motorcycle windshield and you want to fasten it to a bracket to hold it on which is a great application for this. You would push it through. You would put the screw in and then you would start to tighten this screw. I'm just going to use, now this doesn't mean you should use this for your application, depending on your application. I'm using this impact just to demonstrate to you and as you can see, it's tightening up there and that's the backside of the rivet nut or well nut.
And you don’t necessarily want to use this long of a screw, you can use a shorter screw. Again, this is demonstration to give you an idea what this looks like. That was the back and this is the front. So if you were installing glass, plexy glass, this is perfect. If you wanted to install something on your boat: fish finders or things of that nature, you can use this type of application.
So well nuts can be used in many different applications. Great for shock and vibration. Pull-through is an issue. It's not the best for that. If you use this in a saltwater environment, you're gonna have to change them. I don't know how many years (they will last) depends on how it holds up, but the EPDM will deteriorate over time in a saltwater environment. I just want to bring that to your attention, but you know, great for vibration applications, motorcycles, windshields and many other applications.
This is an awesome product. Thanks for watching.
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