If you are the kind of DIY kind of person, chances are that you like taking things apart and putting them back together. And who can blame you? Learning the way in which things work is incredibly fun. The idea of breaking stuff is not new, contrary to popular belief. People have been doing it since the dawn of time. Generally, taking things apart is not done out of curiosity. It is done to make then work. Since you have been flirting with the idea of separating stuff into different parts, you know that it is necessary to use washers and bolts. You cannot get away without using them.
Washers are used for many purposes. Take, for example, flat washers. These round metal things are used mainly to distribute the pressure of the nut over the surface and reduce the likelihood of damage. If you are ever bolting the starter motor of your old car, make sure that you do not lose any washer. If you do, do not worry because there are flat washers in a wide range of sizes and materials. Bolts, on the other hand, are inserted into a pre-drilled hole, being used to join pieces together. To get the most out of washers and bolts, you need to know how to properly use them.
1. Figure out the bolt size you need
Determining the size of the bolt that you need is essential. If it is the first time that you are doing this, start with checking the size of the mounting hole in the manufacturer’s papers. Looking in the chart will give you a pretty good idea of things. If there is not any mention whatsoever of diameter, you can use fasteners of different sizes.
2. Choose the right washer
The next thing that you must do is size the washer to the bolt, in other words, to ensure that it fits around the cylinder of the bolt. Pay very close attention to washer dimensions as the physical characteristics of the product can pose problems. If there is friction between the washer and the bolt, then the torque value is affected.
3. Assemble the components
There is no fast way when it comes to assembling the components. What you have to do is to insert the bolt into the washer and push the washer into the mounting hole. You will need a wrench for the entire operation. How else are you going to tighten the bolt?
4. Tighten the bolt
If you do not have the right wrench, do not despair because there is something that you can do. To be more precise, you can make a makeshift with the help of a nut and bolt. All you are required to do is to hold the bolt in a horizontal position over the fastener and screw the nut until you have a tight grip. There you have it. An on-the-spot wrench. When the bolt and washer are properly tightened, your job is done, at least, until the next time.