Discover the Strength and Reliability of Hillman Fasteners at Gilford Hardware
When it comes to securing materials, whether in a DIY project at home or in a large-scale industrial setting, the quality of fasteners used can make a significant difference in the outcome. Hillman Fasteners, available at Gilford Hardware, have established themselves as a top choice for anyone looking for reliability and durability in their fastening solutions. This article explores the wide range of Hillman Fasteners available at Gilford Hardware, providing insights into their applications, benefits, and why they stand out from the competition.
THE HILLMAN GROUP: PIONEERS OF FASTENING SOLUTIONS
The Hillman Group has been a frontrunner in the fastener industry for decades. With a rich history that traces back to its inception, Hillman has continuously evolved, adapting to the changing needs of the market while maintaining the quality and reliability that customers have come to expect. This section delves into the history of the Hillman Group, exploring its range of products and how they've become a staple in the fastener industry.
GILFORD HARDWARE: YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR HILLMAN PRODUCTS
Gilford Hardware is renowned for its comprehensive selection of Hillman fasteners. This section highlights why Gilford Hardware is the preferred destination for purchasing Hillman products. From the exceptional customer service to the extensive range of products available, learn about the unique shopping experience that Gilford Hardware offers.
HILLMAN FASTENERS AT GILFORD HARDWARE
SHEET METAL SCREWS
Thin Metal's Best Friend
Sheet metal screws are ideal for connecting thin metal sheets. They come in various head styles like flat, oval, and round, and in lengths ranging from 1/8” to 2”. Pre-drilled or punched starting holes are necessary, and the screw's diameter should slightly exceed these.
Machine Screws: Precision in Metal
Machine screws are designed for pre-threaded holes in metal, with some capable of cutting their own threads. These screws come in round, oval, flat, and fillister head styles, and their size is indicated by diameter, thread count, and length.
The Carpenter's Choice
Wood screws are used primarily for fastening wood. Available in steel, stainless steel, aluminum, or brass, these screws have various coatings for protection and aesthetics. Their threads usually run three-fourths of their length.
For Heavy-Duty Applications
Lag screws, or lag bolts, are stronger and larger than standard wood screws. They are partially threaded with a hex head and require pre-drilled holes for installation, ideal for materials that need to bear heavy loads.
A Construction Essential
Structural, or construction, screws are a modern alternative to lag screws. They are self-tapping, eliminating the need for pre-drilling. These screws are heat-treated for strength and have drive heads designed for improved torque and minimal stripping.
CARRIAGE AND MACHINE BOLTS
Versatile and Strong
Carriage bolts have a square shoulder under the head, preventing rotation during tightening. Machine bolts, used with nuts or in threaded holes, come in various head styles for different applications, from joint fastening to flush surface integration.
HILLMAN NUTS, BOLTS, & WASHERS AT GILFORDHARDWARE
Machine Bolts: Versatility in Fastening
Machine bolts come in various head types - regular, square, hex, button, or countersunk. Each type serves a specific purpose:
- Square Heads: Ideal for fastening joints in applications where the demand on the bolt isn't extreme.
- Button Heads: They provide a smooth surface, perfect for areas where protrusions can be problematic.
- Countersunk Heads: These are best for creating a flush surface, maintaining a clean and flat look.
- Hex Bolts and Machine Screws: Often used interchangeably, they're versatile for various applications.
- Stove Bolts: Another type, known for their specific applications in smaller-scale projects.
Securing the Bond
Nuts are threaded onto bolts to tighten and secure connections. The variety includes:
- Hex and Square Nuts: Commonly used and known for their reliability.
- Slotted Nuts: Feature top slots for cotter pins, preventing loosening.
- Wing and Knurled Nuts: Ideal for manual adjustments without tools.
- Locknuts: Have a self-locking feature for a secure fit without additional hardware.
- Tee Nuts: Perfect for fastening wood or composite materials, leaving no visible fastener.
The Simple Yet Effective Lock
Cotter pins are a simple, yet effective, fastening device. Inserted into a hole of a bolt or shaft, they have an eye at one end to prevent passage through, with prongs at the other end bent back to secure the pin.
Enhancing Appearance and Protection
Caps are used to cover fasteners, adding a finishing touch while tightening them. They often feature a high crown, enhancing the overall appearance of the project.
The Solution for Alignment and Tension
Turnbuckles are essential for tightening wires or bracing doors and gates. Their barrel-shaped design with threaded rods is perfect for pulling structures back into alignment.
The Unsung Heroes of Fastening
Washers play a vital role in distributing load and preventing damage to surfaces. Available in flat, countersunk, or flush types, they match the screw size used. Special types include fender washers for large holes and lock washers for securing nuts.
WALL ANCHORS AND ANCHORING SOLUTIONS AT GILFORDHARDWARE
HOLLOW WALL ANCHORS
The Molly Bolt
Hollow wall anchors, commonly known as Molly bolts, are ideal for medium- to heavy-duty applications. These anchors consist of a metal sleeve and a screw. When installed, the sleeve expands inside the pre-drilled hole as the screw is turned, creating a secure hold. A unique feature of Molly bolts is that the screw can be removed and reinserted multiple times, making them ideal for mounting fixtures that might need to be adjusted or replaced.
The Heavy-Duty Solution
Toggle bolts are designed for mounting heavy items. They require a pilot hole slightly larger than the bolt itself. Once inserted into the hole, the bolt's holding arms open behind the wall, creating a strong grip as the screw is tightened. Toggle bolts come in various diameters, typically ranging from 1/8” to 1/2”. It’s crucial to assemble the fixture with the screw and holder before inserting it into the wall, ensuring a secure and stable mount.
WALL DRILL ANCHORS
The Self-Drilling Choice
Wall driller anchors are a convenient option for medium-duty tasks. These fasteners are designed to create their own hole in the drywall, eliminating the need for pre-drilling. Available in materials like plastic, nylon, or metal, wall driller anchors are easy to install and are suitable for hanging lighter items such as picture frames, small shelves, or decorative pieces.