Washers are often a critical part of proper fastener use, but not everyone knows how to use them properly. There are times when not using a fastener or misusing it, can lead to a shorter lifespan for whatever item is supposed to be held together. Marsh Fasteners offers this simple guide to help you understand where and how to use steel washers.
When to use washers
There are two scenarios where washers can be used most beneficially. Firstly, if the bolt and nut assembly you are using is not tight enough, you can use a washer to increase the distance between the nut and the item you are joining, increasing your leverage and enabling you to create a tighter joint. The second most common use of a washer is in situations where the fastening needs to be waterproof. A washer will seal an assembly that is at risk of leakage.
How to use washers
The first thing to check when using a washer is that you have chosen one of the right thickness. A thicker washer will help when you have an assembly that needs a little extra tightness - you may even need more than one washer in such cases. When waterproofing is your main aim, a thinner washer may suffice. It is essential to measure the size of the washer. Using one that is either too large or too small will adversely affect the joint. It is also wise to grease your washers. This makes it easier to put the fastener in place, as well as helping to prevent corrosion.
The use of washers is generally very easy, provided you follow these simple guidelines. Doing so will go a long way towards securing your assembly and ensuring that it lasts longer.
Contact Marsh Fasteners for more information on steel washers and any other fasteners.