Keep it Together
You can’t overstate the impor- tance of reliable fasteners, and that’s why industry lead- ers routinely upgrade their product lines to make them stronger, easi- er to use, and more rust-resistant than ever. Here’s a look at some new and improved products that help hold the world together.
U2 FASTENERS When it comes to construction and decking screws, the EHT team has virtually abandoned the old Phillip’s head type of fastener because of their tendency to slip,
strip or “cam out” while driving them. When we go to work, we prefer the star-drive heads, because the driver bit sinks snugly into the recess of the screw head and holds tight when you pull the trigger. Leading the pack of these star-drive screws is U2 Fasteners, which feature a Tight Star Recess system designed to grasp the star-drive U-Bits so tightly that they can be installed with one hand. U2 Fastener’s Universal Screw is like a “deck screw on steroids”—a countersink fastener that allows the head to sit flush
or below the surface of the sur- rounding materials for applications including decking, framing, sub- floors, fencing, lattice, shelving and more. New to the U2 Fastener lineup are the code-compliant Construction Structural Screws designed for joining multi-ply LVL, LSL and PSL. The new sizes range from 3-3/8 to 6-3/4 inches. The U2 Construction Screw is the next generation of fasteners that are replacing lag screws (structur- al and ACQ-treated lum- ber code-compliant in IAPMO report ER-454). The screw’s Dome Head
enhances its structural capability. The Tapper Point consists of the Cork Screw Start and Blade Cutting Thread for easy piercing to alleviate strain on the material. Underneath the screwhead, the Talon Grip holds the screw tight to prevent loosening and uses its nibs to dig into the material when countersunk. Below the smooth shank is the Reamer Thread, which enlarges the hole in the material to create a larger pas- sage when drawing materials together and reduces tension on the screw head.
Advancements in Fasteners