Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What are Tamper Proof Screws?

What are Tamper Proof Screws?

Tamper Proof, Tamper Resistant and Security Screws

Tamper Proof Fasteners are screws, Nuts and Bolts best characterized by their unconventional drive style. Tamper Proof Fasteners are used in areas where an assembly is accessible to the public, as a means to deter or prevent vandalism or disassembly. Tamper proof security screws, or Tamper resistant security screws, are distinguished by having an unconventional drive, making tampering with the screw more difficult, if not impossible without the matching driver. 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, particularly toilet partitions and other public locations.



What is an "Unconventional Drive Style"?

Unconventional Drive Styles come in many varieties, but all share one common goal: difficult (if not impossible) installation or removal without the corresponding security Bit or Driver.



One Way Screws
Stainless Steel One Way Screws

One Way Screws (sometimes called Irreversible Screws or One Direction Screws) get their name because of their drive style. The head of the screw features a slotted drive that is designed to instantly cause cam out if the driver is turned in the wrong direction. This is achieved by manufacturing the drive in quadrants that are gradually raised to accept the driver bit when turning the screw right, and reject it when turning the screw left. The One Way drive makes installation of the screws easy, requiring only a standard slotted bit, but removal of the screw difficult (if not impossible) without the corresponding bit or a specifically designed removal tool.

One Way Screws are commonly seen in public areas such as bathroom fixtures and partitions, license plate frames on cars, wall or floor mounted safes, and wherever tampering after installation becomes a security issue. Generally speaking, all Tamper Proof Screws are used to deter vandalism or theft because the removal of the screw is difficult, if not impossible, without the corresponding unconventional bit. One Way Screws are particularly difficult to remove, which means that they should be used for long lasting applications.

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Spanner (Snake Eye) Security Screws

Stainless Steel Spanner 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.

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Torx (6 Lobe with Pin) Security Screws
Stainless Steel Torx Screws

Torx® with pin security drive can only be driven with security bits and are used to prevent tampering and theft. Security Screws in this variety are characterized by the 6 lobe, or star drive with a central pin. The pin grants additional tamper resistance as it prevents conventional screwdrivers and grabbing devices from tampering with the original installation.

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Tri-Groove Security Nuts
T Groove 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 are tamper resistant.

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For more information on Tamper Proof Fasteners and to shop our selection click here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What are Rivets?

Pop Rivets

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 AlbanyCountyFasteners.com 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.