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June 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 206

When it comes to using the right fitting for the job then choosing the right frame fixing is one of the most important ones that you can do. Choose the wrong fixing and a stud wall or door could quite literally fall down. Bad if it happens at home, worse if it happens on a job at work.

Choosing the right fixing is relatively easy, just remember never to try and just make do with something that might hold the frame in place, as it could be subjected to a higher load in future and pull out causing damage or injury.

Frame fixings come in several formats - concrete frame screws, long expansion nylon frame fixings, nylon hammer in fixings, rawl express anchors, and steel screw nylon frame fixings. Whilst the majority look similar they are all utilised in different ways.

Concrete frame screws are actually designed to screw directly into concrete or block work (After drilling a suitable pilot hole), and have a deep thread for maximum pull out resistance. They are ideal use if the substrate is very firm.

Long expansion nylon fittings are like an industrial version of a rawlplug and a hole is drilled in to the substrate to take the nylon fixing, which has anti-rotation lugs on it to stop it turning when the screw is placed in it. The fixing is lightly tapped in to place and the screw can then be placed through your frame and into the nylon fixing. It is then tightened in place causing the nylon to expand in the hole and hold the frame firmly to the substrate.

(Steel nylon frame fixings are fitted in place the same as the above).

Nylon hammer in fixings are as the name suggests simply tapped in to place with a hammer, and the screw is then turned to secure them in place.

Rawl express anchors are the ultimate in frame fixings. They are made out of metal and feature a threaded bolt coming out of the anchor on to which a nut is fastened. They are fitted by drilling a hole in the substrate to exactly match the rawl express anchors diameter. The anchor is lightly tapped in place taking care not to bend the threaded bolt. The frame is then placed over the threaded bolt and the nut placed on top of the frame and tightened. This causes the metal anchor in the wall to expand biting hard in to the wall, providing the ultimate in fixing strength.

Following the above guide should help you choose the right fixing.

Fix8 Ltd offer a large variety of fixings and fasteners at trade prices, including Machine Screws, Self Tapping Screws, Frame Fixings and much more!

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