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Fixings

Knowing how to fix things to each other is an important part of DIY. You must use an appropriate fixing for the job, e.g. adhesives need to be the correct type; nails or screws need to be the correct length; metal fixings used in the garden need to be rust resistant and wall plugs need to be the correct type.

This section is intended to help you choose the correct fixing for the job.

Bolts and nuts

Types and name:

Coach | Set screws | Hexagonal head

Sizes:

Length | Diameter

Nuts:

Hexagonal | Square | Captive | Locking

Washers:

Penny | Round | Square | Locking (spring) | Locking (star)

Brackets

Abru

Various:

Angle brackets | Plates | T brackets | L brackets

Joist hangers

Metal strips

Hinges

Materials:

Brass | Steel | Plastic

Flush hinges:

Materials | Screw types and sizes | Fitting methods

Piano hinges:

Materials | Screw types and sizes | Fitting methods

Surface mounted hinges (cupbaords)

Butt hinges:

Materials | Screw types and sizes | Fitting methods | Rising butts

T hinges:

Materials | Screw types and sizes | Fitting methods

Pintle hinges

Self closing hinges (kitchen cupboards)

Hooks & eyes:

Coat hooks | Cup hooks | Eyes including Rawl bolts | Vine eyes

Locks and catches:

Description of types (insurance company requirements) | Padlocks
Barrel bolts | Other bolts | Magnetic catches | Ball catches
Suffolk latches | Door latches | Hasp and staple

Nails

Which nail to use

Nail types:

Clout (felt nails) | Galvanised | Plated | Round wire | Oval
Annular ring | Lost head

Panel pins:

Stainless steel | Brass | Steel

Veneer pins

Screws

Self tapping:

Drill bit size chart

Wood screws:

Length and gauge | Head shapes | Choice/selection |
Drill bit size chart | Thread type

Coach screws:

Head shape | Length and gauge

Decking screws:

Types of plating | Gauge | Length and gauge | Driver types

Staples/rivets

Pop rivets:

Peel rivets

Staple guns:

Types of gun | Staple lengths

Wall plugs:

Plastic | Rawl bolts | Fischer fixings | Frame fixings
Hollow wall fixings | Lightweight block fixings


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