Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What are Rivets?

Pop Rivets


Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Steel, Copper, and Brass Pop (Blind) Rivets from Albany County Fasteners

What Are Rivets?

POP rivets, also called Blind Rivets, are used to connect two pieces of material in a quick efficient manner with a hand riveter or pneumatic rivet gun. POP Rivets are tubular, comprised of a hat and mandrel; the length of the mandrel is snapped off when installed. Both the hat and mandrel may be made of the same material (ex. All Stainless Steel) or a combination of two materials (ex. Copper Hat / Brass Mandrel). Rivets are measured in installed grip range and length.
Varieties of POP Rivets (Blind Rivets) include Domed Open End, Closed End, Countersunk, Large Flange Open End, Multi Grip and Structural. They are available in 304 Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Alloy Steel, Copper, Brass, and several other variations of these metals.

For more information on Rivets including numbers (6-6 or 66), measurements, installation, grip range, and more please review our Rivet Guide in Fasteners101.

How many varities of Rivets are available?

The answer is MANY! See the list of available options and descriptions below:

Domed Open End POP Rivets / Blind Rivets

POP Rivets, also known as blind rivets, are used to connect two pieces of material in quick, efficient way. Domed POP Open End Rivets are tubular, comprised of a hat and mandrel; the length of the mandrel is snapped off when installed. Domed POP Rivets are available with white, black or brown colored mandrels in Aluminum.

Closed End POP Rivets / Blind Rivets

Closed End Rivets differ from a standard blind pop rivet in that they feature a flat, closed end which creates a watertight seal. Also known as a waterproof rivet.

Countersunk POP Rivets / Blind Rivets

A countersunk rivet, also known as a Flat Rivet, is used in countersunk holes and once set, finish flush to the surface. They are used in tracks where the head will not protrude into sliding tracks or rollers. The hat of the rivet is almost inverted, with a 120 degree countersink in the integrated washer. Countersunk POP Rivets are tubular, comprised of a hat and mandrel; the length of the mandrel is snapped off when installed.

Large Flange POP Rivets / Blind Rivets

Large flange pop rivets, also known as Oversize Rivets, have a larger washer on the hat than standard POP Rivets. Large Flange POP Rivets are tubular, comprised of a hat and mandrel; the length of the mandrel is snapped off when installed.

Multi Grip Rivets

Multi Grip Rivets can substitute conventional rivets in applications where the thickness of the riveted material varies. One Multi Grip Rivet has the grip range of different rivet sizes. This grip range allows for flexibility in design and a lower rivet inventory, as one size of Multi Grip rivet can be suitable for a variety of jobs, including mismatched holes. One Multi Grip Rivet can be used as an equivalent for at least three different rivet sizes.

Structural Rivets

Structural Rivets, also known as interlock rivets in stainless steel with a stainless steel mandrel. Interlock pop rivets create a stronger assembly than standard stainless steel pop rivets, because of the amount of force that they generate. Domed head blind rivets in this selection are commonly referred to as both Interlock and Structural Rivets.

For more information on Rivets, please visit our Rivet guide here

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We've been busy...

Here at Albany County Fasteners our commitment is to providing the best possible fastener shopping experience to our great customers. Part of that experience of course, is convenience. As you may know our product catalog grows almost daily, and we are proud to launch new lines that help make Albany County Fasteners your one-stop-shop for all things fastener.

Shop Forged Industrial Hardware

Forged Industrial Hardware

Eyebolts, Turnbuckles, Pad Eyes and more all forged in the USA for top quality industrial and lifting hardware.

Tri Groove Security Nuts

Shop Tri Groove Security Nuts
Tri Groove security nuts feature a tapered diameter, making the nuts resistant to gripping devices.
Security nuts are installed using a special Tri Groove socket, which grips the indentations along the outside of the fastener to turn the nut along a thread. Tri Groove nuts are also referred to as T Groove, Trident Drive and Coned Trident Drive Nuts. Tri Groove Security Nuts are available in Zamak 5 Zinc Alloy and corrosion resistant 316 Stainless Steel. UNC Coarse thread sizes available in diameters up to 5/8 inch.

New Rivet Assortment Kits

Shop Rivet Kits
304 Stainless Steel and Aluminum Rivet Kits in a durable plastic compartment box. These fastener assortment kits include popular size runs of pop rivets in domed head, countersunk, closed end and large flange varieties. Pop Rivets included in Rivet Kits are either corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, or lightweight Aluminum as described in each kit title. New kits include Aluminum Rivets, Closed End (Sealed) Rivets and more!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Product Lines

We have been very busy here at Albany County Fasteners expanding our ever-growing products line in order to better outfit our great customers! A big part of the line expansions include hand tools, Taps and Dies, Specialty Rivets and more to help make your one stop online shop for all things fasteners! See below for just a few of our new product highlights:

Torx Screwdrivers - Now available in a variety of different styles including Standard, Flag Handle and T Handle in both standard 6 lobe and tamper proof. 

Strut Parts & Fittings

Strut parts and strut fittings in a variety of styles and finishes including 304 and 316 Stainless Steel.
Pipe Clamps, Post Bases, Channel Nuts, Spring nuts, U Bolts & more, all available in durable stainless steel. Fasteners in this selection are used to secure and create a strut assembly.

Massive Rivet Expansion

We are proud to announce our complete launch of Blind Pop Rivets in a variety of materials. New Additions include Colored Rivets, Closed End Rivets, Structural Rivets, Multi Grip Rivets, and a material expansion of Standard, Countersunk and Large Flange to include Aluminum and All Steel.
Check Out Our New Rivets

Spanner Screws

Our Tamper Proof line has expanded to include Spanner, or "Snake Eye" screws. Tamper Proof Spanner or "Snake Eye" security screws are installed using a spanner bit. Spanner Screws are commonly referred to as "Snake Eye" because of the two dot drive system. Spanner security screws are used for securing materials from being tampered with, such as gutters, license plates, grills in jails, schools, boats and cars. They are also used in food prep and processing areas. You will often see security screws used in bathroom stalls and other public locations. Spanner screws can only be installed or removed with a spanner bit, which fits a pin into each of the screw's two drive holes. Since Spanner screws can only be installed or removed through spanner bits, they are very resistant to tampering.
Shop Tamper Proof Spanner Screws & Bits

Taps & Dies

Taps and dies are metal threading tools, tap and die sets are used to cut and restore internal and external threads precisely. A tap is used to form the female component of the assembly, as in the case of a nut or socket, a die is used on the male component, as in a screw or bolt. In other words, a Tap is used to create the internal threads in a hole and a die is used to make or repair external threading on a round rod, screw, or bolt. T handle wrenches are used with a tap to create or repair an internal thread. T Handles hold the end of a tap to provide extra leverage for hand tapping. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fasteners 101

Looking for more information on Fastener Nomenclature, Standards, Finishes and more?

We are proud to announce the launch of Fasteners 101 - The Official Fastener Information Page of Albany County Fasteners.

Check it out today for information on fastener varieties, drives and materials with more content added regularly.
Check out Fasteners 101 Today

Monday, October 5, 2015

Black Oxide Fasteners

Albany County Fasteners is proud to announce our expanding black oxide fasteners line, as well as offering custom black oxide fastener orders. With this announcement, we would also like to share some information with our customers and subscribers about the process, and what exactly makes a black oxide fastener.

On stainless steel (particularly for us in stainless steel fasteners), black oxide fasteners are 18-8 or
Black Oxide Socket Cap Screws
304 grade stainless steel fasteners that have undergone a conversion coating process to alter certain qualities of the material, most notably the color. The chemical treatment process has a greater effect than this coloring however, in that it also adds a mild corrosion and abrasion resistance to the fastener.

The Black Oxidization process for stainless steel consists of a series of chemical baths in a mixture of caustic, oxidizing and sulfur salts. Before the part is dipped into a hot bath of a solution of these materials, it is first dipped in an alkaline cleaner, and then water to ensure a surface free of debris. After the piece is treated in this manner, the fastener has porous qualities. This is then finished by infusing the material with oil or wax to add the corrosion and abrasion resistant qualities.  
To achieve maximum corrosion and abrasion resistance, the black oxide is infused with wax during the process and complies with military specifications as a Class 4 finish. The enhanced protection, as well as the sleek black finish are why these fasteners are used. Our Stainless Steel Black Oxide Fasteners undergo this chemical process in order to achieve the black oxide properties.
Black Oxide Lock Washers

The benefits of this process are that the fastener becomes more durable, with an insignificant altering of the fastener’s dimensions.

Black Oxide fasteners are used commonly in the jewelry industry, the automotive industry on both cars and motorcycles, as well as in knife builds, firearm builds and in small machines. This process can be applied to any stainless steel fastener available on our website making the possibilities virtually endless. 
Black Oxide Machine Screw Nuts

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Retaining Rings

We are proud to announce our new line of Retaining Rings available online at

Bowed 'E' Style Retaining Ring
 What is a Retaining Ring?
A Retaining Ring is a circular fastener that holds an assembly to a shaft, or in a housing installed in a groove. After installation, the exposed portion of the ring acts as a shoulder to retain the assembly. 

Types of Retaining Rings:
Internal Retaining / Housing Rings
At the most basic level, retaining rings can be differentiated by the manner in which they are installed. Axially assembled retaining rings are installed on shafts externally, or into grooves internally. External retaining rings have lug holes that extend beyond the circumference of the ring, whereas internal retaining rings (also called housing rings) have lug holes within the circle. These holes are used in application with pliers designed for installation and removal of the parts.
External Retaining Ring

 Radially assembled retaining rings include the popular 'E' style and are installed externally into grooves on a shaft. They do not have lug holes, so they must be installed using an applicator. 

Material and Finish: 
At Albany County Fasteners we specialize in stainless steel fasteners, so we offer a full size run in stainless steel retaining clips. These corrosion resistant fasteners are made in grades PH 15-7, PH 17-7 stainless steel and have a passivated protective finish. 

Retaining rings can be used in any shaft assembly, and take the place of traditional fasteners creating less effort and less waste. When machining a shoulder they can replace a washer and nut. For a housing, they can replace bolts to retain a bearing. Additionally, they can also be used to replace the cotter pin and washer fastening method, as well as act as collars for any socket set screw. Ultimately these fasteners save time, space and money in any shaft or housing assembly making them extremely popular in the automotive, manufacturing and hydraulics industries, but the possibilities are virtually endless.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stainless Steel Applications

Stainless steel is used primarily for long lasting applications, due to its corrosion-resistant nature and durability. At Albany County Fasteners we stock fasteners in various grades of stainless steel to provide an appropriate solution for any fastener application. 

Making the Grades:

18-8 Stainless Steel - (18% Chrome, 8% Nickel, .08% Maximum Carbon) - This is the standard grade for stainless steel fasteners. They are corrosion-resistant and durable. They are often used in marine applications in freshwater environments, but will not work as effectively in a salt water environment.

304 Stainless Steel – (17%-19% Chrome, 8%-12% Nickel, .08% Maximum Carbon) - This is a superior grade of 18-8 stainless steel. 304 Stainless steel is often used to make Machine Screws, Cap Screws, Sheet Metal Screws, Hex Cap Screws and all cold headed or hot forged fasteners. It is often used in food service and dye applications because of its ability to resist the corrosive properties of organic acids.

305 Stainless Steel – (17%-19% Chrome, 8%-10% Nickel, .12% Maximum Carbon) - This grade has been developed specifically to improve the cold heading qualities of 18-8. This grade does not work hardened products are actually made from this grade even though they are referred to as being made from type 304 Corrosion resistance and physical qualities are equal to Type 304. 305 stainless steel is used to make deck screws, which are used (shockingly) to fasten wood or composite boards to the main beams of a deck.
Square Drive Deck Screw-305 Stainless Steel

316 Stainless Steel – (16%-18% Chrome, 10%-14% Nickel, .08% Maximum Carbon, 2.00% Maximum Molybdenum) – This grade of stainless steel is used and recommended for applications in severe or harsh environments. Its corrosion resistance is greater than 18-8 stainless, which is why we recommend using 316 stainless steel fasteners for salt water environments. It is important to remember that even the salt in the air near a body of salt water can do damage to dry applications, so 316 is the material of choice. Common applications of 316 stainless steel fasteners include boats, docks and piers.   
410 Stainless Steel – (11.5%-13.5% Chrome, .15% Maximum Carbon) – Due to the fact that this grade of stainless steel can be hardened up to approximately 40 Rockwell C, it is durable in most environments. It is commonly used to make roofing screws and siding screws and self tapping (or self drilling) screws, because it is a harder material than the metal being fastened in these types of applications.