A Look at Industrial Fasteners

Industrial fasteners are used in aerospace, military, construction, and other industrial applications. These are extremely strong, extremely weather resistant, and almost completely corrosion- and rust-proof. They are made from a variety of metals, including stainless steel, chromium, and carbon.

Industrial fasteners can take many forms, for many different purposes. Here is a partial list of available industrial fasteners: anchors, bent bolts, cap screws, captive panel fasteners, drywall and deck screws, eye bolts, machine screws, nuts, cotter pins, retaining rings, rivets, screw driver insert bits, self clinching fasteners, self drilling screws, self tapping screws, sems, sockets, spring nuts, thread cutting screws, thread rolling screws, thumb-and-wing screws, washers, weld screws, and wood screws.

The sheer variety of industrial fasteners is overwhelming. Chances are, however, if you are in the market for a certain type of fastener, you know what you are looking for. Workers generally learn which screws to use for which jobs on their own, or with the assistance of their supervisors, peers, and training manuals. For a complete inventory on types and sizes, you can visit the commercial industrial fastener company American Fastener at their website. Even though it is a private, for-profit company, the website makes for a wonderful, general-knowledge store for the serious industrial fastener researcher. There you will find all fastener types and specifications, along with other helpful charts and diagrams. You can also find information on proper drill bit sizes and formats, heat-treated allow fasteners, a glossary of thread terminology, and more.

Industrial fasteners come in three main sizing standards: ASTM, SAE, and ISO (the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the International Organization for Standards). Each of these standardization organizations recommends its own method of measuring and manufacturing fasteners. None are better than any of the others, but have varying applications and purposes, depending on what job you are working on.

A Look at Forklift Parts

There are several components that all forklifts have in common. These forklift parts are vital to the operation of the equipment. Forks, brake components, and transmissions are some of the parts that are purchased most often.

Forklift parts can be purchased from several sources. Both new and used parts are usually available wherever forklifts are sold. Many dealerships have extensive catalogues that list the parts they have available. There are a number of different manufacturers of forklift parts. The same company that made the forklift can make the replacement parts or a generic maker can manufacture them.

The forks are possibly the most important component of the forklift. Without quality forks, the lift is not able to transport cargo efficiently. The forks, also called blades or tines, vary greatly from model to model. Most forks are made of steel. Forks differ in the amount of weight they can handle. Weaker model forks can safely lift 900 pounds, while heavy-duty forks are capable of lifting several tons. It is important to note that a forklift’s weight capacity depends on much more than just the forks. The engine size and the strength of the lifting system also play important roles in determining how much a forklift can safely carry.

Forklift brake parts are other important parts. Forklift brakes operate in a similar manner to the brakes of an automobile and they have many parts in common. Brake shoes and break drums are among the most commonly purchased forklift brake parts.

Forklift transmissions are vital to the machine’s operation. Forklifts can use either manual or automatic transmissions. Manual transmissions are probably more common and are easier to fix, but many people prefer automatic transmissions because they are easier to use. Many forklift parts dealers have both new and used transmissions for sale.

Buying good replacement forklift parts is a great way to keep the machine functioning properly. Many forklift parts dealers offer extensive warranties on their products. Forklift parts are available for nearly every make and model, so it should not be too hard to find the necessary parts.

A Look at Electronic Air Filters

Many people mistakenly assume that an air conditioning only controls the temperature of a living space. Air conditioning also involves the cleanliness of the air. Filtration is an excellent way to accomplish air cleaning and provide enhanced levels of comfort to a building’s occupants. Continuous exposure to unfiltered air results in asthma, allergies, and breathing problems. Generally, air-conditioning systems include electronic air filters, which use electrical charges to attract and deposit 95% of household allergens and irritants to the human body. An electronic air cleaner is installed between the furnace and the air ducts to improve indoor air filtration throughout the home.

The air inside the home circulates through the cooling system, carrying millions of airborne particles with it. When this air is drawn into the system or device, a pre-filter in the electronic filter traps the majority of the allergens and irritants. Those particles that do pass through the pre-filter receive an electric charge inside the filter. Collector plates of the filter attract these particles and hold them until the cells are cleaned. Electronic air cleaners offer the optimum balance between air filtration and system pressure drop (air restriction).

There are two main types of electronic filters, namely electrostatic precipitators and charged media filters. In electrostatic precipitators, particles are collected on a series of charged plates, whereas in charged media filter devices, the particles are collected on the charged fibers of the filter. The most efficient filters are electrostatic precipitator, because in most of the electrostatic precipitators, the particles are deliberately ionized (charged) before the collection process, resulting in higher collection efficiency. These precipitators generate approximately 20,000 volts to give dust particles a static electric charge.

In order to determine the efficiency of an electronic air filter, there are two tests: the weight-arrestance test and the atmospheric dust-spot test. In the weight-arrestance test, the efficiency is tested on the basis of the weight of the dirt removed by the filter. However, this method will not give any idea as to the removal of smaller dirt particulate, which can be easily inhaled by lungs. The atmospheric dust-spot test determines a filter’s ability to capture particles between 0.3 and 6 microns. Whatever test is used and whatever may be the type used, the electronic filter must be cleaned at least once in a month to improve the indoor air quality.

A Look at Deck Fasteners

Deck fasteners are screws especially manufactured to fasten the many soft, thin planks of a wood en deck in place. Wooden decks must be able to withstand many different kinds of weather and corrosion, and so deck fasteners must be able to stand up to these elements just as well. Therefore, deck fasteners are usually coated with a weather-resistant coating that protects them from rust and corrosion. The coating is made of zinc plating. A steel screw plated with zinc is called a galvanized steel screw. A screw can also be coated in a ceramic material. Deck screws can also be made of stainless steel or high-copper-content screws, as these screws won’t stain the deck.

Deck fasteners are designed to drill their own hole, drive downward gradually and easily, lay flat against the surface of the deck, and be difficult to extract once inserted. For this reason, deck screws are said to be sharp-pointed, self-drilling, self-countersinking, and shallow-threaded. Sharp points eliminate the need for extra drills. The threads of a deck screw are sharp as well. The top of the shank, up at the collar by the head, flares upward, so that it sets perfectly level with the deck. The threads of the screw are set at a very gradual or shallow degree, so that the screw goes in easier. Some deck screws are even lubricated, for even greater ease of insertion.

The heads usually have a square-shaped insertion point for a square-headed screwdriver or screw gun. Square heads don’t accidentally strip as easily as Phillips-head screwdrivers.

Hidden Deck Fasteners

Hidden deck fasteners or “blind” deck fasteners eliminate screws from view entirely. Rather than drilling into the surface of the deck and into the under-support, the thin planks fit together like a simple jigsaw puzzle using a series of brackets. These brackets are attached to the side faces of the planks using screws. You screw the first or edge plank normally, and then you fit the second planks into it via a slot. Follow this series until you get to the end of the deck. Fasten the last plank in place normally, and voila! You have a new deck with no visible screws. The deck holds together as if it were one piece of wood.

A Look at Automatic Tire Chains

With technology always advancing, it is no wonder that automatic tire chains have made their way into the tire chain market. These tire chains take away the pain of attaching tire chains in wintry or wet conditions, and can save drivers a lot of time.

Automatic tire chains can be used on pickup trucks, RVs, mobile homes, trucks, and buses, and they offer the traction of a single set of conventional snow chains at the touch of the button, which means an end to stopping and getting out of the vehicle.

To install automatic tire chains, drivers mount an electric switch to their dashboard, which provides 12 volts to an air solenoid mounted on the vehicle’s frame rail. Compressed air is then supplied from either the vehicle’s onboard air system or a 12-volt compressor kit. When the dashboard switch is activated, the solenoid opens, thus allowing compressed air to enter the air cylinder and lower the chain wheel so that it contacts the inside of the tire. The friction between the tire and the rubber-covered chain wheel then causes the chain wheel to rotate, which creates enough centrifugal force to wave the chains out in front of the tire. Chain is spaced at 60-degree intervals in sixth lengths on the chain wheel. This guarantees that there are always two chains between the tire and the road service, regardless of whether the driver is accelerating or decelerating. The traction is obtained both in forward and reverse. When the dashboard switch is turned off, the solenoid exhausts the air, and the chain wheels are brought back to their resting position.

Automatic tire chains are a great new technology for anyone who wants tire chains — but does not want the inconvenience of getting out of their car and installing the chains in adverse weather conditions.

A Guide to U-Haul Trailer Hitches

U-Haul is best known for its rental trucks used to help people move, but they also sell trailer hitches and trailer hitch accessories. U-Haul makes trailer hitches that accommodate all kinds of vehicles, including many cars. Different models of U-Haul trailer hitches can haul up to 24,000 pounds. U-Haul makes and sells all needed trailer hitch parts, including hitch balls, ball mounts, receivers, and brake controllers.

U-Haul makes some small trailer hitches that can be secured onto cars. These hitches usually can’t be used to haul as much cargo as heavy-duty trailer hitches found on trucks, but they are still useful. Most car U-Haul trailer hitches can handle loads up to 2000 pounds. These hitches can be bolted onto the car’ frame, usually using preexisting holes. This is a better option than welding the hitch to the frame, which can cause electrical problems and can make the frame much weaker.

U-Haul trailer hitches are not just made for cars. U-Haul manufactures a wide range of trailer hitches to accommodate almost any kind of vehicle. Their heavy-duty hitches can bear loads of up to 24,000 pounds. U-Haul trailer hitches are among the strongest on the market and can come with a lifetime unlimited warranty for an extra five dollars.

U-Haul is a one-stop shop for all towing needs. U-Haul sells all necessary brake controls and electrical wiring needed to make the trailer hitch completely functional. The law requires that trailer hitches be equipped with working brake lights and brakes, so it is vital that consumers make sure they purchase this equipment.

U-Haul is one of the top trailer hitch dealers in the country. U-Haul sells quality trailer hitches and accessories at low prices. Their lifetime warranty is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.

A Guide to Lumber Tarps

There are a wide variety of uses for tarpaulins (tarps). One important use is to secure and protect lumber while it is being transported. It is important for lumber to be secured and protected while it is transported. The best and most cost efficient way to cover and protect lumber is with a tarp.

Lumber tarps usually come in two or three pieces. Most lumber tarps can accommodate truck beds up to 48 feet long. Lumber tarps are different from other types of tarps in that they are shaped to accommodate loads of lumber up to eight feet above the bed of the truck. Lumber tarps generally cost between $300 and $400 per piece, with some discounted 3- piece full sets costing about $850.

Lumber tarps are usually made of mesh or polyethylene. These two materials are as durable as canvas but not as heavy. The weight is an important aspect to consider when choosing a lumber tarp, as the tarp must be applied and tied down manually. A heavy tarp is more difficult and time consuming. Most lumber tarps do not include the supplies needed to tie the tarp down, so they must be also be purchased. Usually they need to be purchased separately.

Lumber tarps must not only secure the lumber in the bed of the truck, but must also protect the lumber from the elements. Rain, ice, and UV rays can all damage lumber. Mesh lumber tarps provide excellent protection from the sun’s UV rays. Waterproof polyethylene lumber tarps provide protection against the rain.

Lumber tarps are a vital part of transporting lumber. They keep the wood safe from the elements and keep the lumber from falling out of the truck bed, a serious safety hazard. The right tarp can protect the valuable cargo as well as protecting other travelers.GD Star Rating

A Guide To Charity Car Donations

Making a charitable donation is a noble act. Charity need not be just with money. It can also be done by donating objects like clothes, furniture, cars and just anything. Cars are donated to the recipients directly or they are sold and the money is given away as charity. Many people prefer to donate used cars for helping the community.

There are many charitable organizations that accept cars as a donation. These cars need not be in running conditions to be donated. The cars are generally sold or auctioned and the proceeds are used for charity work. There are some organizations that accept car donations, sell the cars and give the proceeds to other charitable organizations.

Donating a car is a noble gesture. It is also a good tool for reducing tax payments. Car donation to an approved 501(C)3 charity organization is tax deductible under certain clauses. These are applicable for all kinds of cars. You can claim the car’s fair market value if the car is worth less than $500 or it is in good working condition. You can claim deduction equal to the actual sale price of the car is the car is worth more than $500. However, before donating, ensure that the donation program is a qualified, 501(c)3 IRS registered charity since only such programs are eligible for tax deductions. Information about such charity programs can be obtained from the IRS website or in the Publication 78 that is available at most public libraries. If the total donation is more than $500, then a separate form (8283) has to be filled. Donating a car for tax purposes requires itemized deductions on the personal tax return.

Determine the value of the car meant for donation. This can be done by checking the blue book value. Take the condition of the car into consideration while determining its value. Most charity organizations take donated cars for free, but there are some which charge certain fees. Make sure you have the title for the car.

Most charity organizations that accept car donations also provide other services like free vehicle pick-up, easier/hassle-free paperwork and easy online application forms. The donations can also be made to your preferred charities. These days, making a charity car donation has become very easy with online application forms and faster processing. The whole process takes just 2-3 days. Car charity organizations can be located online over the internet or they can also be found in yellow pages or through advertisements.

4X4 Trucks

Four-wheel drive, 4WD, 4×4, all wheel drive, and AWD are different phrases used for describing a four-wheeled vehicle with a powertrain that allows all four wheels to receive power from an engine at the same time. Powering all four wheels gives better control on smooth ice and is a main part of rally racing on cemented roads.

These are truck-like motor vehicles in which a driver can manually switch between a two-wheel drive mode for streets and a four-wheel drive mode for low grip conditions such as ice, mud, or loose gravel. These vehicles do not cause poor control and too much tire.

Although, the term ‘four-wheel drive’ refers to a capability that a vehicle may have, it is also used to represent the whole vehicle itself. The term 4×4, read as four by four, is used to indicate total number of wheels on a vehicle and is frequently applied to vehicles equipped with either full-time or part-time four-wheel-drive. This term is common in North America.
The first four-wheel drive vehicle, Spyker 60 HP, was manufactured in 1903 by Dutch brothers Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker of Amsterdam. 4X4 designs in the US came from the Twyford Company of Brookville, PA in 1905. The first US four-wheel drive vehicle was made in 1911 by the Four-Wheel Drive auto company (FWD) of Wisconsin. Some of the earliest four-wheel drive cars were various rally cars, such as the Ford RS200 made from 1984-1986. In 1989, Panther Westwinds built a four-wheel drive, the Panther Solo 2. Today, sophisticated all wheel drive systems are found in many commuter vehicles and sports cars. In a 4X4 truck, when one wheel spins out of control, a brake can be automatically applied to that wheel. Torque will then be matched, causing power to be divided between a roadway and a brake. It can cause brake wear, but it is effective.