Nuts About Nuts! The Definitive Guide to Nuts!

Nuts About Nuts! The Definitive Guide to Nuts!

Ever wondered which kind of nuts you should use? Well wonder no more. This article will help guide you through our range of nuts, helping you decide which type is perfect for your needs.

In general, a nut can be described as a fastener with a threaded hole, used to secure a bolt into place. The combination of the friction between the threads on the nut and bolt and the resulting compression helps to provide a secure hold. 

Nyloc Nuts

Nyloc nuts are a type of locknut, with a nylon collar inserted within it during manufacture. The nylon collar is meant to resist turning, creating a secure hold by becoming secured around the thread of the bolt with a squeezing action. The nylon is designed in such a way as to make the nut difficult to thread, making hand-tightening impossible.

These nuts used to be single-use only, as after their first use they were too easily loosened due to damage to the nylon, however advances in the development of the nylon used, these nuts can now be used multiple times before becoming defunct. The general rule of thumb is that if you can tighten them by hand, the hold is not strong enough and the nut should be thrown away.

Wing Nuts

In contrast to Nyloc Nuts which are designed to be only fastened using tools, wing nuts are designed primarily for hand tightening. The two “wings” on the nut, located one on each side of the hole, are used to secure the nut by hand.

These nuts have a range of uses, but are primarily seen on items such as music stands and drum kits.

Dome Nuts

Dome nuts have a large range of uses, from providing an aesthetically pleasing finish to providing a safe end to a bolt. 

Flanged Nuts

A flanged nut consists of a traditional nut and a non-spinning washer all in one fixing, with a wide flange at one end. This flange may be flat or serrated to provide a locking action.

Stover Nuts

A form of all metal locking nut, the stover nut has a distinctive shape with threads on the top surface and a flat lower surface. They are capable of resisting extreme vibration and shock. The lock is not permanent, meaning they can be removed if required.

Although reusable, there is a limit to how many times they can be reused due to damage that may occur to the locking threads resulting in a reduction in torque.

These nuts are generally seen in the automotive industry, as well as in the manufacture of agricultural equipment and other metalworking industries.

Binx Nuts

Another type of locking nut, the Binx nut has two distinctive slots cut into the side, creating an alteration in pitch. This results in the thread on the nuts gripping onto the bolts and giving a locking action. These nuts can be reused and still maintain a locking action. 

Binx nuts are around the same size as a standard nut, meaning they can be used in most applications, even in confined areas.

So there you have it! A breakdown of all the different nuts stocked by us here at Essex Home. Looking to order nuts online? Take a look at our entire range and buy online today!


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