How to Choose the Right Fasteners – Bolts and Nuts

When it comes to construction and DIY projects, choosing the right fasteners is crucial for ensuring the safety and stability of your project. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know which to use. In this article, we will discuss how to choose the right hardware for your project, specifically focusing on black bolts and nuts, bolts and nuts, and hex bolts and nuts.

Understanding the Different Types of Hardware

Before we dive into how to choose the right hardware, it’s important to understand the different types of hardware available. Some common types include screws, bolts, nuts, washers, and anchors. Each type has its own specific purpose and it’s important to choose the right one for your project.

Black Bolts and Nuts

Black Bolts and nuts

Black bolts and nuts are a popular choice for outdoor projects as they are resistant to corrosion and rust. They are typically made from carbon steel and have a black oxide finish. When choosing black hardware, make sure to check the grade, which indicates the strength and durability of the fastener. The higher the grade, the stronger the fastener.

Bolts and Nuts

Bolts and nuts are a versatile option that can be used for a variety of projects. They come in different sizes, lengths, and materials, making them suitable for different applications. When choosing bolts and nuts, consider the material and the surface it will be used on. For example, if you are working with wood, you may want to choose a zinc-plated bolt and nut to prevent corrosion.

Hex Bolts and Nuts

Hex bolts and nuts, also known as hex cap screws, have a hexagonal head and are commonly used in construction and machinery. They come in a variety of sizes and materials, with stainless steel and grade 8 being the most popular choices. When choosing hardware, consider the size and length of the bolt, as well as the material and grade.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Fasteners

Now that you have a better understanding of the different types, here are some factors to consider:

  • Material: The material of the fastener should be compatible with the material it will be used on. For example, if you are working with metal, you may want to choose a stainless steel fastener to prevent corrosion.
  • Strength: The strength of the fastener is indicated by its grade. Make sure to choose a fastener with a grade suitable for your project.
  • Size and Length: The size and length of the fastener should be appropriate for the application. Using a fastener that is too small or too long can compromise the stability of your project.
  • Environment: Consider the environment the fastener will be used in. If it will be exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures, choose a fastener that is resistant to corrosion and can withstand these conditions.


Choosing the right fasteners is crucial for the success and safety of your project. By understanding the different types and considering factors such as material, strength, size, and environment, you can confidently choose the right fasteners for your project. Whether you need black bolts and nuts, or hex bolts and nuts, make sure to choose high-quality fasteners from a reputable supplier.


*This article is intended to help you consider important criteria when selecting fasteners and hardware. It is important to consult with an engineer if you are unsure of the types of fasteners that you need for your project, or if you have concerns about strength, combining materials, etc. Certain project engineers may call for specific fasteners to be used and those guidelines should always be followed.

New Fastener Line Card: Quality Selection & Machining

Our Biggest, Boldest Fastener Line Card Yet is Here!

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We’re thrilled to publish an upgraded 2024 version of our industrial fastener line card, actively showcasing our complete inventory of high-quality standard and specialty fastening components.

What The New Line Card Showcases

With over a decade of experience as a USA fastener supplier, our offerings specifically meet critical quality benchmarks for materials, coatings, strength, and more. Some key varieties featured within the line card include:

Stainless Steel Fasteners

Our stainless steel screws, bolts, nuts, and studs utilize durable alloys like 18-8, 304, and 316—alloys that actively resist corrosion and chemicals. We proactively offer them in multiple head styles, thread specifications, and length configurations to fit various settings.

Black Oxide & Steel Fasteners

We also stock complete selections of black oxide and zinc-plated Grades 2, 5, and 8 steel for versatile low-carbon fasteners with enhanced grip and appearance. These fasteners specifically serve general fabrication, vehicle, construction, and DIY project needs.

Structural Bolting (A325/A490)

Furthermore, for customers needing high-strength steel hardware for structural applications, we supply ASTM A325 and A490 specification hex head bolts from 1/2”- 1” in diameter, with multiple lengths readily available. We actively finish these in hot dipped galvanized or mechanically zinc coatings.

We also offer solid brass, silicon bronze, and aluminum varieties upon request for light-duty, non-magnetic, chemical/saltwater-resistant needs.

Explore Our Value-Added Fastener Line Card Services

Beyond fastener materials, our upgraded 2024 line card also prominently outlines various value-added fastener enhancement and procurement services we provide:

Machining Capabilities:

    • Drilling/threading to print
    • Custom head machining
    • Metric/standard reworking
    • Waxing/patching services

Sourcing Assistance:

    • Kitting/packaging options
    • Blanket/scheduled orders
    • Local next-day delivery
    • Volume price discounts

Call or email us today for instant quotes on customized fasteners meeting your exact specifications! Our upgraded line card reflects our passionate commitment to responsive, high-quality fastener procurement and solutions for any industry need.

Shop Rivet Nuts – What Are They & How Are They Used?

Rivet nuts in different positions



Let’s go nuts learning all about rivet nuts at! Now look, we know comparing fasteners to fishing isn’t winning us any humor points. But finding ideal options can be slippery! Sure standard bolts and locks get the basic job done. However, when dealing with thin stuff or one-sided access, many run into…well…snags! Enter our adaptable friend since the 1930s – the rivet nut. Securing parts where no fastener has been secured before! Okay, Captain Kirk references aside, whether your challenge is aviation panels or furniture fittings, these proven fasteners offer a uniquely flexible solution worthy of revisiting. Let’s dive into how they unrelentingly optimize and enhance where it counts!

What are Rivet Nuts?

Engineers specifically design rivet nuts, also known as RIVNUTs®, to function as internally threaded inserts that actively grip and fasten themselves completely onto only one side of an assembly’s materials. Originally used in aircraft production in the late 1930s, these nuts pair with standard sized bolts and come in round, square, splined or hexagonal shapes allowing flexible installation. Read on as we explore everything about these nifty fasteners – from uses to types to installation and benefits that make them a versatile fastening solution across industries.

How do Rivet Nuts Work?

The rivnut first gets forcibly inserted into just one side of a material using a specialty rivet gun. An externally threaded fastener like a bolt then screws into the rivet nut from the other non-insertion side to secure additional components. So while rivet nuts only require access to one side, they facilitate two-way fastening. This also allows disassembly without damaging the threads or fully removing rivnuts.

When are Rivnuts Used?

Rapid insertion, slim shape but robust material strength make rivnuts ideal fasteners in weight-sensitive sectors requiring frequent assembly like aerospace and automaking. Avoiding welding or threading also cuts costs and production time. Tailor-made for any situation facing space barriers, shifting part adjustments, intense vibrations or easily damaged thin material connections too. Their versatile, adaptable grip handles it all.

How to Install Rivet Nuts

To install a rivet nut, have a drill, appropriately sized drill bit, and a rivet nut tool available. Installing rivet nuts is as easy as following the 5 steps below:


1 – Drill a pilot hole with the same diameter as the rivet nut to be used in the workpiece.

2 – Take the rivnut and thread it until flush onto the mandrel of the rivet nut tool.

3 – Pull the opposite end of the mandrel as far back as allowed and thread the adjuster back to contact it.

4 – Install the rivet nut using the rivet gun by inserting the rivet nut into the drilled pilot hole and squeezing the handles of the tool until it reaches a stop.

5 – Remove the rivet nut tool by unscrewing the mandrel from the rivet nut.


Be careful not to apply too much force on the rivet nut during installation as this may ruin the internal threads of the rivet nut.


Different types of Rivet Nuts

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Round: Grip smooth circular holes firmly by integrating knurled sleeve textures that dramatically increase installation resistance to vibration or spin-out forces. Closed-end variants actively block liquid seepage by barricading the backside assembly access point.

Hexagonal: Seize enhanced strength capacity demands by forging hexagonal shank shapes with exacting size dimensions to interface with hex drilled holes. Their geometry allows significantly heightened torque capability and shear/tensile load-bearing performance.

Slotted: Tackle variable material layer depth challenges by intentionally engineering longitudinal slots along the shank walls. The slots’ empty volume traversing their whole length creates an adaptable overall fastener thickness optimized for inconsistently distanced mounting points.

Floating: Give designers flexibility to intentionally misalign threaded angles by providing deliberate threaded interface slack. The inserted floating nut’s internal threading can angle up to 30 degrees in any direction depending on parts needing adjustment.

Studs: Broaden mounting versatility by separating the rivet nut anchor and male threading into two components. The anchored insert side facilitates security while the stud end enables standard nut fastening options.

Final Takeaways

While the name doesn’t spark immediate enthusiasm, we hope this deep dive revealed the hidden versatility and meaningful advantages rivet nuts provide across countless application contexts. Their accessible one-sided installation opens reliable fastening opportunities closed off to traditional nuts and bolts. Combined with durable thread engagement, vibration dampening, swift automation scaling, and lightweight strength retaining, rivet nuts punch far above their perceived weight class!

Still not convinced these innocuously named fasteners deserve a spotlight in your next production run? Consult with our sales team to explore the full breadth of proven rivet nut solutions. You’ll find an expert ready to help in every fastener circumstance!



Fastener Size Charts: Bolt, Nut, Washer & Screw Guides

We’re excited to eliminate the head-scratching with our new specialty offering here at — comprehensive fastener size charts! These detailed measurement guides serve as critical references for matching all specifications of nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and more that your project requires.

Our fastener size charts provide the precise diameters, lengths, thread counts, and dimensions you need to select parts that fit perfectly. No more surprises on slip fits, mismatches, or incorrect strengths that set progress back. Just confidence in components suited for the job when you reference our charts while sourcing.

Why Fastener Size Charts Matter

For any project involving nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and more, our detailed sizing guides provide the critical measurements you require to select the proper fastening components every time. There are no surprises on fit, length, threading, strength, or wrong items that set progress back. Just precision selection and perfect matching parts when you reference our handy charts during part sourcing.

Now Available – Nuts and Washers Sizing

We’ve published the first installment of nuts and washers with exact measurements that many DIYers and pros find confusing into easily referenced size chart form:

Nuts – Core specifications provided across several popular types like hex, flange, cap nuts with additional varieties to come.


Consider these Volume 1 sizing charts – robust offerings to start that we look forward to expanding with more niche nuts, bolts, screws in the near future. Still the critical benchmark data you require without overwhelming all at once!

More Fastener Size Charts Coming Soon

Nuts and washers are just the beginning! Still to come – screw and bolt measurement guides, thread count charts and more handy resources. Email suggestions or post a comment below of any specialty fastener fitment info you’d find useful!

Let Us Take the Hassle Out of Your Next Project!

Hopefully our commitment to eliminating size confusion and guesswork by providing critical fastener dimensions is on full display with these initial nut and washer sizing charts. Please let us know any other product measurement resources that would be helpful via the comments or contacting our team! We want these guides customizable to your needs as much as possible.

Get Your Sleighbells Ringing with DIY Washer Wreath Ornaments


The holiday hustle is here, but you may still need some extra décor to truly deck those halls. Why splurge on store-bought when you can DIY it with washer wreath ornaments? This easy project transforms humble washers from into cheerful wreaths perfect for adorning doors, walls, trees and more!

All you need is some basic hardware and a little ribbon to unlock your creative spirit and craft washer wreaths bursting with holiday charm that even a novice can handle. Read on for how to make these classic yet unique ornaments filled with DIY spirit!


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Get creative with your washer and ribbon sizes!

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Instructions for Washer Wreath Ornaments:


Arrange large washers with space between to overlap small washers. Adjust spacing.

3/8" stainless steel flat washers arranged in the shape of a wreath


Apply glue to bond washers.

1/4" stainless steel flat washers being glued on 3/8" stainless steel flat washers in the form of a wreath


Once fully bonded, weave green ribbon through washer holes in a looping pattern, leaving enough ribbon at the ends to form a hanging loop.

green ribbon weaved into a stainless steel washer wreath


Tie ribbon ends tightly together. Trim excess ribbon if desired.

green ribbon being tied on a stainless steel washer wreath ornament


Embellish with red ribbon bows if wanted!

red satin bow tied on stainless steel wreath ornament


Hang your handmade Albany County Fasteners washer wreath creations and enjoy!

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This season, unleash your inner wreath-maker with ACF products to craft handmade holiday décor that sparks joy. As you layer ribbons through expertly bonded steel circles, let your creative spirit run free. Soon these dazzling metallic wreaths will beautify your spaces with custom cheer. No matter your design choices with finish, adornments, or hanging locale, your washer wreath ornaments will infuse homes and hearts with the magical glow of DIY merriment and connection only a handcrafted piece can deliver. logo with a stainless steel wreath and 2 stainless steel snowmen ornaments