Bolts Nuts and Washers: A Guide


It can often be overwhelming when you buy a new piece of furniture that you need to build, when lots of different shapes of metal come tumbling out the box with an instruction manual that only consists of diagrams. Whether you are undergoing your first-ever building project, or you are interested in knowing more about the concept and uses of bots, nuts and washers then this article is for you. Here is a useful guide on bolts, nuts and washers that should be a useful way for you to gain more information on what they are.

What Are They Used For?

You will typically find nuts bolts and washers to fasten and hold materials together tightly. Think of the three separate items as a unit, that need each other to function to their highest potential. If that doesn’t help, consider the items as three-course meal, first you begin with your starter (the bolt) then you have your main (the nut) and the finisher (washer). 

The bolt is like a screw; however, it has a flat end instead of a pointed end. A bolt is a threaded fastener that fits inside a nut and washer to hold materials together such as wood. A nut is a metal fastening device that can be screwed onto a bolt in a rotating motion, in order to secure materials. Washers are thin, typically disc shaped pieces of metal with a hole in the center, for the bolt to fit through and reduce the stress of fastened material such as wood, by distributing the threaded fastener smoothly.

You may find nuts, bolts and washers if you purchase a new closet that you must build, or a wooden TV stand, as these are structures that need firm fixtures.  

How Effective Are They?

This combination of fasteners is effective at bolting things together securely, when you are expecting them to remain secure for a long time. 

Some of the most-used bolts include:

  • Lag Bolt – Creates its own thread when merged with material.
  • J Shaped Bolt – The non-curved section is threaded.
  • Hanger Bolts – Both ends are threaded, and the bolt does not have a head.
  • Hex Bolts – Six-sided head.
  • U-Bolts – Shaped like the letter U as both ends are threaded.
  • T-Head Bolts – Placed with two anchors as heads of the bolt to sit against material.
  • Double End Bolts/ Stud Bolts – One end is to support the nut, while the other is to be threaded into a hole.

Where Can I Buy Them?

If you are specifically looking to purchase nuts, bolts and washers to help you with a building project of your own, visit for any of your DIY needs.

Nuts, bolts and washers are affordable and usually price around $10 for around 110 pieces.

Final Words

Hopefully, after reading this simple guide, you understand more about the purpose and concept of bolts, nuts and washers and how they function together in order to secure materials when they are needed to be joined together.

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