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What Are Tamper Proof Screws and Fasteners?
Tamper proof fasteners, often referred to as tamper-resistant, security screws, or security fasteners, represent the pinnacle of protection against vandalism and tampering. These specialized nuts, bolts, and screws boast unconventional drive styles, making them a formidable deterrent for unauthorized access or meddling with installations. What sets tamper-resistant fasteners apart is their engineering, designed to make removal without the proper bit or specialized tool a daunting challenge.
Manufacturers and engineers have embraced this concept, leading to the development of innovative designs, which we'll delve into below.
Tamper proof screws find their stronghold in public spaces where loss prevention and deterring vandalism are paramount concerns. They're a common sight in hotels, restaurants, electronics, automobiles, and most notably, in public restroom partitions and stalls. The choice of stainless steel as the primary material for tamper proof fasteners is deliberate – it embodies a 'set it and forget it' mentality. Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and rust makes it the ideal choice for long-lasting applications, exterior environments, and installations exposed to moisture.
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Spanner (Snake Eye) Security Screws: Spanner (Snake Eye) security screws, named for their distinctive two-dot drive system, offer unparalleled tamper resistance. Ideal for securing gutters, license plates, grills in high-security areas, and even food preparation zones. These screws can only be installed or removed with a specialized spanner bit, ensuring robust protection against tampering.
Torx (6 Lobe with Pin) Tamper Proof Screws: Our Torx (6 Lobe with Pin) tamper proof screws offer robust tamper resistance. These screws require specialized security bits for operation, deterring tampering and theft effectively. Their unique 6 lobe or star drive, coupled with a central pin, adds an extra layer of security by preventing conventional screwdrivers and grabbing devices from tampering. Choose Torx (6 Lobe with Pin) security screws for your peace of mind.
One Way Tamper Proof Screws: One Way Security Screws, also recognized as One Way Slotted, Irreversible, and One Direction Screws, employ a slotted drive on the screw head designed to instantly cause cam out if the driver is turned in the wrong direction. This ingenious design includes drive-in quadrants that progressively accept the driver bit when turning the screw right but reject it when turning the screw left. The One-Way drive system ensures effortless installation, requiring only a standard slotted bit.
However, the true challenge surfaces when it comes to removal, which can prove exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, without resorting to drilling or using a specifically designed removal tool. Explore the world of Tamper Proof Screws for enhanced security, whether you're safeguarding valuable assets, equipment, or infrastructure.
Hex Socket With Pin Tamper Proof Screws: Hex Socket with Pin Tamper Proof Screws boast a Hex or Socket head drive with a central pin, rendering them impervious to standard hex bits or Allen wrenches. Removing them requires a special hex wrench, ensuring unparalleled security. Elevate your protection with Hex Socket With Pin Security Screws.
Tri-Groove Tamper Proof Nuts: Tri-Groove security nuts, also known as T Groove, Trident Drive, and Coned Trident Drive Nuts, feature a tapered design, making them impervious to gripping devices. Installation requires a special Tri-Groove socket to grip the indentations along the nut's exterior, ensuring tamper resistance. Elevate your security with Tri-Groove Tamper Proof Nuts.
Break Away Shear Nuts: Break Away Shear Nuts, also known as shear nuts, are coarse-threaded nuts engineered for permanent installation. They are commonly used in areas where tampering or security is a concern, such as street signs. These nuts consist of a cone, hex nut, and a predefined weak point between them. Once the cone is tightened against the installation material, torque builds up. When enough torque is applied, the hex nut shears off, leaving only the cone portion against the installation material, ensuring permanent security.
Tamper Proof Bits: Tamper Proof Bits play a pivotal role in the security of fasteners. With the exception of the One-Way drive style, these bits are essential for installing or removing Tamper Proof Fasteners. They come in various forms, including sockets, insert bits, power bits, and screwdrivers. What defines a fastener as 'tamper proof' is its unique drive style, which doesn't align with standard tools. Elevate your security with Tamper Proof Bits.
Tamper Proof Screws: Watch and Learn - Helpful Videos
How to Prevent Your Spanner Bits From Breaking | 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 installing sheet metal screws with a spanner bit and a spanner screw snake eye screw.
Several different names for these out there. We do get some complaints from buyers saying they snapped the bits. In several situations, you could snap a bit. However, if you use it properly you will not snap the bit.
Some applications where you would possibly snap a bit: 1 – Going into hardwood without pre-drilling. If you go into hard wood and you don’t pre-drill and you just try to drive the sheet metal screw into the wood, chances are you will snap the bit or you’ll snap the screw. Either one could happen. I can drive this screw into this soft wood, which is a 2×4, with no issues of snapping a bit and remove it. I’m gonna demonstrate that.
Another way to snap a bit would be running it into a material and then on the back end there’s some metal that the screw cannot go through and you’re trying and you get an immediate stop in the screw. That will snap a bit.
There’s only two teeth on one of these spanner drivers and, of course, they can snap. It’s not the perfect world with these type of bits. Not like a Torx driver or something along those lines. Where they’re very hard to strip out or snap.
So I’m going to demonstrate, right now, installing this and it’s always important to make sure that your bit is square to the screw and the wood so you have positive contact. Put your hand on the back of the drill and you’ll see, I’m just driving it in with no problem. It’ll suck it in and now I just snapped it and why did I snap it?
I snapped it because the head is countersunk, and the screw came to a stopping point. So those who are snapping bits that would give you a reason so you can see here the bit is snapped. I can’t use that bit anymore.
If you’re driving a screw and a natural piece of wood and not over-torqueing it, you should have absolutely no problems with the bits. It doesn’t matter the quality of the bit. You will still snap the bit if you enter that type of situation.
Tamper Proof Security Screws Video
Our Fastener Expert goes over many of the popular security fasteners available for your builds.
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Bob: Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners – Fasteners 101. I'm Bob and today we're going to talk about security screws
So I have an array of security screws here, in different heads and styles and drives. We're gonna review these now and I also have tools to install these screws. So, first i'm going to start off with is what I call "snake eyes" (spanners) which have two holes in the head. So you can't put a screwdriver in this screw to drive it or remove it. This particular screw is heavily used, this is a 10. a 10 by 3/4" inch screw with a truss head. So this is a truss head security screw. This screw is used on license plates for most historic cars. It's stainless steel. It's mostly used for outdoors.
I have here a one-way pan head sheet metal screw. This screw is typically used on applications where you do not want to have the screw backed off. So you can only put this on with a regular screwdriver. As you can see here I'll just turn it for you in my hands. However if you went to take it off you cannot take it off. The reverse has a slope to it and doesn't allow you to back the screw off. If you put pliers on it, lock jaw pliers, if they can grab it (and spin) in the right direction, sure you can probably remove this. But it's going to take some time to back that screw off.
The next security screw I have is sheet metal. This is a Torx with a pin-in. I believe that this is a round head and this particular screw is widely used in a lot of applications. You'll find these used on bathroom partitions, cubicles and urinal separating dividers. So that's the most widely used screw as far as security screws go. There is a bit for each one of these.
Here I have a screwdriver that has the hole in the center of the screwdriver so it can fit in there. If you took a regular torx driver without that hole, you're never going to get this in here. I have also these snake eye sheet metal screws; pan head. This one in particular is a pan head security screw. They come in flat head also, with the snake eyes. Then we have, these are all sheet metal, we also have the Torx, or 6-lobe as some people call them, with the pin in, in flathead and oval head. So they come in different varieties of heads for different applications.
We also have the snake eyes in machine screws. You can see them here, this is an oval head machine screw and it comes in a flat head machine screw (also). We also have the 6-lobe, or the Torx head, with the pin in, in machine screws. Lastly, we also have the security screws in self-drillers, with a self drilling type three point. These are 410 stainless steel, and they come in two head types: the flat head or the pan head.
These are for removing; which are basically one-inch bits. We also have a screwdriver that you snap it into. You just slide it in, push it forward, lock it in and your bit is in there. These are very good tools, we'll go a little further into them in a few minutes, these are available. They come in fixed. This you can pop bits in and out of, which is awesome you just need one and you just keep buying these bits (many drive styles available).
We also have a t-handle security (screwdriver). All of these have the hole in the center for the security bit to fit into the screw.
This is a tri-nut. This is so you can put on the machine screw. I don't know if this is the right size, but we'll see, no this is not the right size. Let's see maybe this one... No, I don't have the right screw here for it, but this is a tri-nut, it's a security nut. It has, this is the driver for it, three grooves and you can see it has three slots That's why they call it a Tri-Nut it has three: Tri. This is your driver you put it into a ratchet and it falls right in there and then you just drive it into place. These are used a lot in TV installations in hotels where they'll make sure that the TV cannot be removed from the wall. So they use these tri-groove nuts and they also use these sheet metal screws with the the six-lobe torx pin in. Those are used a lot in hotels to prevent the customers from removing the equipment.
I also have these power bits which can also be used in this screwdriver. These are great bits. We also stock these VEGA security drive sets. For the guy that's always working with security screws, this is a great set. This is a 32-piece VEGA set; it's s2 modified steel, CNC machine tips. It has a convenient belt clip which is really nice. You can just put this on your belt and keep it with you, if you're a regular guy that works with security screws. This is a nice set. It has a driver in it which you can snap into you drill; your battery drill, if you like. You have a whole selection of snake-eye bits to Torx security bits. It closes very nicely. It's a very nice set.
Then I have this other security, industrial security drive bit set. This is a 50 Piece set. Let me pop this open. This set has almost everything you are going to need for security screws and Torx. The nice thing about Torx security screws is that you can use Torx security bits in regular Torx screws. But you can't use a regular Torx bit in a security screw because you need that hole for the pin. These are the two sets that we have that are available on our website for purchase. I wanted to show you today these different screws I'm also gonna go and demonstrate the snake eye license plate bit. I'm gonna show you that these are the typical screws that are used on license plates. So I have here a truss head spanner snake eye screw. That I screw that I demonstrated to you, and this is the driver bit in this screwdriver.
I have a plate here, this is the most common screw used in this application. A lot of guys like this they're made of stainless steel and they look nice on your car, especially if you have a historic car. Or a Corvette, Corvette guys like this. Everybody asks "what size screw do I need for my license plate? To hold my license plate on? I wanna use those snake-eye, or spanner, screws." [A size 10 is what you need] And there it is right there. Looks nice. Everybody likes it. It's fastened on there; it's not going anywhere.
There you go. You got to get one of these kits. If you deal with security screws, you have to have this. This is a must have kit. It has everything that you're going to need. This is the 32 piece kit, sorry I had it upside down and this is the fifty piece kit. Both kits are must haves if you are dealing with security screws.
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