Extremely tardy, but better late than never!

My apologies for the neglect over the past 60 days, it has been an absolute whirlwind of a 2012!  Business is booming, companies are aggressively evolving in a way that not only benefits MY fastener industry, but ultimately benefits YOU the consumer that needs an easy way to source and procure fastener products.  

One of the more interesting projects I have been apart of recently is working with several e-Commerce companies on their “mobile platform” projects.  Boiled down, this equates to developing apps for mobile devices on both Android and iOS platforms.  I am in no way, shape or form a technical guru on the design of these applications, but I do have some insight into what are some of the basic “fastener ‘centric” things that should go in to one of these applications to be useful to an end user. 

I am curious to know what are some of the “must have” features that our audience might consider?  Please feel free to post here, or in this instance you can respond to me directly at thread.chaser@fastenerfocus.com.



Adiós 2011!

I hope that your Holiday Season has been a good one! There have been several questions come up recently regarding the venerable “Drop-In Anchor” and how to correctly install them. Seems simple enough but here’s a quick look from the good folks at Concrete Fastening Systems on how to correctly install this trusted anchor product…

Best New Years Wishes from FastenerFocus!

In Case You Missed It…

Here is FastenerFocus contributor Ryan Unick on HomeTalk USA with Michael King, the “Cajun Contractor.”

Part 1

Part 2

Google It!

Ask your grandfather how he learned how to build a deck, and he will most likely tell you that someone taught him…maybe even his father. If you ask your father, however, he may tell you that he read it in a book, or more likely, in a trade magazine. Go one step further, and ask someone in my generation how they learned to do anything, and 9 times out of 10, the answer will be the internet.

There is something to be said about the saying, “With age comes knowledge.” – it’s simply not true anymore. As the internet grows, and technology advances, it is no longer about how much you know, but rather how quickly you can access the global knowledge base. Chances are, any question you have, someone else has had in the past, posted it online, and had someone respond with an answer. In fact, it is this global exchange of ideas that allows a field such as fasteners to expand at lightning speed.  Continue reading

Critical Bolted Joints

Critical bolted joints require a high quality, high value bolting system for demanding bolted fastening applications. A bolt securing system or secondary retention system that provides exceptional resistance to vibration loosening and dynamic loads in bolted joints, HEICO-LOCK wedge lock washers are safe to use in both dry and lubricated conditions.

The HEICO-LOCK wedge lock washers consist of a pair of washers with a wedge-locking action, which is a unique method that uses tension instead of friction. Continue reading

Corrosion Resistance and ACQ Compatibility

With Hurricane Irene having paid us a visit this past weekend, I’ve received a flurry of questions around corrosion resistance and ACQ compatibility with regard to fencing, decking and the like.  Sounds like a good first topic to me!

Metal fasteners WILL corrode and may lose their load carrying capacity when installed in a corrosive environment  or when exposed to corrosive materials.  Many of the day-to-day materials and climates we face here on the Eastern Seaboard can cause corrosion including the ocean salt air, fire-retardants, fumes, fertilizers, dissimilar metals and of course, preservative-treated wood.

With all of these variables, it is impossible to predict “if” or “when” corrosion will begin to reach a critical level and impact the performance of the fastener.  This uncertainty makes it crucial Continue reading

Here we go…

This project has been in the works for quite some time…I’m excited that it is now time to “go live” and do some blogging.  Bear with me in the coming weeks as this site evolves and I continue to add features and functionality based on your feedback and my immediate experience.  More shortly…