Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Marsh Fasteners
The importance of stainless steel fasteners in DIY projects, building or construction cannot be undermined. These are cost-effective, corrosion-resistant and durable, providing your structure the strength it needs. However, very often, it has been noticed that the strata into which these fasteners are anchored are not as durable as they need to be, leading to weaker construction. It is recommended to always use your stainless steel fasteners in solid, hardy foundations for greater durability. Marsh Fasteners outlines a few other ways in which you can enhance the longevity and durability of stainless steel fasteners.
The material and grade of the stainless steel fastener you are using in your project are critical. Always invest in grades 304 and 316 for corrosion and rust resistance. Even though these grades are more expensive than others, they can lead to cost savings in the long run.
It is essential to regularly clean stainless steel fasteners, nuts and bolts to ensure the dust does not settle on the surface. Layers of dust particles on fasteners can damage the moisture-protective layer of the steel, making it more susceptible to decay and corrosion.
The phenomenon of galling i.e., the grating, scratching and friction between the surfaces of the fastener can lead to major wear and tear. Regular lubrication can avoid this, increasing the longevity of your stainless steel fasteners.
If you want to preserve your fasteners for a longer period of time, electrochemical polishing may be the way to go. This process cleans the surface layer thoroughly from dust and contaminants and preserves its properties. Electrochemical polishing is excellent for a variety of stainless steel tools and instruments.
Fasteners are essential in any structure and their maintenance is of the utmost importance. The threads and other components must be regularly monitored to avoid wear and tear. It must be remembered that neglecting wear and tear can lead to irreparable damages in the long run. Thus, to save money, maintain structural integrity and increase the durability of your fasteners, schedule a monitoring process at regular intervals.
For more information on stainless steel fasteners and how to take care of them, contact Marsh Fasteners.