Mike's FAQs

Die Seams on Headed Bolts

Are die seams allowed on headed bolts?

There are several differences between bolts intended for use in construction and more precision fasteners, such those used in an OEM application. One difference for headed bolts is the process in which the head is formed on the bolt and the resulting appearance of the bolts. Larger, construction headed bolts are typically made by hot-forging... Read more

ASTM A193 B7 vs. A193 B7M

What is the difference between A193 Grade B7 & A193 Grade B7M?

Several ASTM specifications are followed by an “M” that denotes it being an equivalent metric standard. While there is actually an A193M Grade B7 specification which is applicable to metric fasteners, this is not the case with ASTM A193 Grade B7M. This is a different grade of material than A193 Grade B7. So how exactly... Read more

Anchor Bolt Pullout Strength

What is the Pullout Strength of Portland Bolt’s Anchor Bolts?

This is a question that we are asked on a regular basis, and one that we do not have a clear answer for due to the variety of factors involved in making this calculation. Anchor bolt pull out strength is the force required to pull a single bolt out of its foundation. In order to... Read more

Small Quantity Orders at Portland Bolt

Can I buy small quantities from Portland Bolt?

Yes, you can. Although Portland Bolt is a manufacturer, we are not the type of company that sets up and runs tens of thousands of common, standard-sized bolts. We can, and often do, set up to make just a handful of custom construction fasteners if that is what is required. We should clarify that this... Read more

Clevises and Turnbuckles at Portland Bolt

Does Portland Bolt sell clevises and turnbuckles?

Portland Bolt supplies tie-rod assemblies with clevises and turnbuckles on a regular basis. However, in most instances, we do not provide the clevises and turnbuckles unless we are manufacturing the rods. There are a couple of key reasons for this. Probably the most important reason is that when we provide all the components of the... Read more

Portland Bolt East Coast Distributors

Does Portland Bolt have any distributors on the east coast?

Many manufacturers sell through distributors, who then stock those manufactured goods and sell to the end users of the product. Portland Bolt is a manufacturer, but does not work through these distribution channels. We primarily sell directly to contractors, steel fabricators, and other construction-related end users of the bolts that we manufacture. Due to the... Read more

Hex Coupling Nut

Coupling Nut Grades

What grade of coupling nut should I use?

A common question that we encounter has to do with what type of coupling nut should be used in conjunction with a particular grade of bolt or rod. Typically, a coupling nut would be specified as a grade of nut, as opposed to a grade of bolt. The ASTM grade of hex nut that is... Read more

ASTM A325 vs. Grade 5 bolts

What is the difference between Grade 5 and A325 bolts?

While these two bolts are virtually identical in terms of chemical and physical strengths and properties, there are several differences between the two. The Grade 5 specification falls under the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) classification system, while A325 is an ASTM specification. ASTM A325 bolts are more commonly specified by engineers for use in... Read more