Today we draw attention to the importance of metals.
We found an article from a few years back written by Mark Nesbitt that points out the pros (and some cons) of a society that appreciates & even relies on the things we build out of metal. The first paragraph is awesome:
There really is a movement called Glam Camping. It's when you go to rough it but really the "rough" is more like soft. So for those of you who take wine on your camping trips, and don't want to give up your beautiful glassware (really?), now here's this: The Wine Clamp!
These wine clamps are pretty funny to me because I can't imagine hauling a set of glass stemware to a camp site but I really do love clamps. I love that adjustable screw so I might buy one... I'll use it in my backyard though.
You can buy your own wine clamp by clicking the link below:
I'm a huge fan of the clamp.
I get a huge kick out of seeing screws at work. Fasteners are generally hidden, but with clamps they are out in the open. And I like seeing them do their thing. Now check out these tables!
These tables were all made using The Floyd Leg.
Special legs that have clamps.
So you're able to create a table using these legs with almost anything that fits within the clamps.
In honor of our 200th post we're posting lots of 200's, starting with some information about Nickel 200.
Have you heard of Nickel 200?
When something is made of Nickel 200 it means it is made of 99% pure commercial nickel. This alloy is highly electrically and thermally conductive. It is magnetic and very resistant to corrosion. And of course you can get fasteners made out of it. Nickel 200 is great for:
Food processing equipment
Marine and offshore engineering
Caustic handling equipment
Manufacture and handling of sodium hydroxide, particularly at temperatures above 300° F
Reactors and vessels in which fluorine is generated and reacted with hydrocarbons
I personally have never been asked to quote Nickel 200 so I'm thinking it is not very common. If you've ever used it, let me know!
Next, we're posting a poster of what 200 calories of your favorite nuts look like. It's awesome and informative (like us!) and it's about nuts so we're sharing it. Found it at the DailyBurn.com.
Have you seen the Bicentennial Quarter? Also known as the Drummer Quarter, it was minted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the US.
And LASTLY, check out how to hang a 200 lbs picture or mirror on the wall without a stud!
You actually don't need any fasteners for this one but we thought it was cool, although I have no idea if it actually works.
He makes really cool things. For example, he welded rings on to the gate behind him and put pots of succulents in them to make the coolest gate ever. That's the thing about Greg - everything he makes is cool.
Like this cool table. He made it.
A few days ago I ran into him while he was working on this...
I saw him with a tool in one hand and a handy tool on the other!
Do you see what I see on his wrist?!
He wears a velcro, dare I say, bracelet, that is magnetic and holds on to spare screws for him. That way he doesn't have to set them down or look for them when he needs them.
How come I've never seen that before?! Greg is so clever... and well accessorized.
And that wall he was working on, here is the finished product...pretty cool.
The wave washer is a spring washer like Bellevilles, which look conical. Wave washers, all spring washers actually, are disks of metal that form an irregular shape, so that when the washer is loaded it acts like a spring and deflects, providing a preload between the two surfaces. Who invented this?! Whoever came up with this idea is so clever. In fact, everytime I learn about fasteners I am reminded about how much potential we humans have.
Although my very favorite washers are the Nord-lock washers - they're super smart! I'll do a post on those one day. Where the wave washer is simple, the Nord-lock is complex. But both equally brilliant!