Kailey's FAQs

Metric Fasteners

Why doesn’t Portland Bolt offer metric fasteners?

At Portland Bolt we often receive requests for metric dimensioned products and our response is always the same. We do not have the capabilities to manufacture bolts or fasteners with metric diameters. The reason behind this is that all of our equipment and tooling is specific to the imperial (inch) system which is the measuring system... Read more

A490T

Do A490T fasteners exist?

With F3125 Grade A325 heavy hex structural bolts, it is widely known that the “T” at the end of the grade, i.e. A325T, refers to the fastener being fully threaded rather than having a standard structural bolt thread length. At Portland Bolt the question of A490T bolt availability comes up regularly and the truth is... Read more

Headed Bolt Length

What is the longest headed bolt that Portland Bolt can manufacture?

Portland Bolt uses National Upsetters to hot-forge the heads onto bolts. The end of the round bar is heated using an induction process and placed horizontally into the upsetter where a plunger compresses the heated steel into the shape of the bolt head. Because this process is a horizontal forging process, Portland Bolt is only... Read more

B7 Hex Head Bolt

B7 Bolts and DH Nuts

Can A563 Grade DH nuts be used with A193 Grade B7 bolts?

The short answer is no. The A193 specification is specifically designed for fasteners being used in high temperature, high pressure situations. In the ASTM specification, it states that the nuts shall conform to the A194 specification and it does not provide an alternate substitute. Though A563-DH and A194-2H are very similar, they are not interchangeable... Read more

B7 Hex Head Bolt

A193 Grade B7 Thread

Is the thread length of A193 Grade B7 bolts the same as A325 bolts?

In short, no, the thread length of A193 B7 bolts is not the same as the thread length of A325 bolts. The F3125 Grade A325 specification covers heavy hex structural bolts which have standard fixed thread lengths shown in the table below. The thread lengths can be altered, but A325 bolts with nonstandard thread lengths must... Read more

Large A193B8 Bolts

Are bolts ordered under the ASTM A193 Grade B8/B8M Class 2 specification available above 1-1/2” in diameter?

The short answer is no. The A193 specification does not cover bolts larger than 1-1/2” in diameter for Class 2 materials.  However, the reasoning behind this answer requires further explanation. Class 2 materials get their strength through the process of strain hardening (also known as work hardening or cold working). This process causes the grain structure... Read more

A325/A490 All-Thread

What is the all thread rod equivalent for A325 and A490?

In 2015, ASTM created a new, all-inclusive specification F3125 to cover A325 and A490 bolts under the same specification.  There were many changes made to the specification, but it is still not acceptable to manufacture fully threaded rods in the A325 or A490 specifications.  The new F3125 specification states in section 4.1.3: Bolts with thread... Read more

Conflict Mineral List Compliance

Is Portland Bolt in compliance with the Conflict Mineral List?

In order to answer this question, we must first define what conflict minerals are. Any natural resource that is mined in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate fighting is defined as a conflict resource.  The conflict minerals that are most commonly extracted are cassiterite (used for tin), wolframite (used for tungsten), coltan (used for... Read more

“FOB”

What does the acronym “FOB” stand for and how does it affect your order?

According to the Incoterms 2010 standard which is published by the International Chamber of Commerce, the acronym “FOB” stands for “free on board.” In the US, this acronym “FOB” is commonly used when shipping goods to acknowledge who is responsible for the costs associated with loading, transporting and/or the point at which the ownership of... Read more

Fastener Standards Organizations

What standards organizations and specifying committees cover the types of bolts and fasteners Portland Bolt manufactures?

Portland Bolt manufactures a wide range of bolts and fasteners to numerous standards set by many different organizations and specifying committees. There are many different organizations for fasteners, all of which have their own set of standards and guidelines for manufacturing. We, as estimators, are often asked what the acronyms for such organizations and committees... Read more