Newest FAQs

Stainless Rust

Why are the hex heads of my stainless steel bolts developing rust?

There are two possible causes for this. First is that oxidation can occur due to contamination from equipment that is used to make other carbon steel products. This can leave some iron deposits that will rust over time. This is only aesthetic, but can be unsightly. The second possibility is that the bolts were not manufactured properly... Read more

Thread Protectors

Can Portland Bolt assemble thread protectors to bolts?

Yes. Portland Bolt has in the past assembled mesh, and other, thread protectors onto anchor bolts and headed bolts to protect the threads during shipping. However, for large construction fasteners, it is exceedingly rare this is required or needed. Typically our sturdy packaging and shipping practices will be more than sufficient to ensure that the... Read more

F2329 Classes

Are there classes in the ASTM F2329 galvanizing specification similar to ASTM A153?

The A153 specification has 4 classes of material for hot-dip galvanizing: A. Castings – Malleable Iron, Steel B. Rolled, pressed, and forged articles C. Fasteners over 3/8” in diameter, washers 3/16” to 1/4” thickness D. Fasteners 3/8” inch in diameter and under, washers under 3/16” thick F2329 was created out of A153 to further define the... Read more

A325 Lag Screws

Can Portland Bolt manufacture A325 lag screws?

Even with the new F3125 specification that covers A325, Portland Bolt would not manufacture lag screws to F3125 Grade A325. According to section 1.2.1 under Intended Use in ASTM F3125, “Bolts manufactured under this specification are intended for use in structural connections covered in the Specification Joints Using High-Strength Bolts, as approved by the Research... Read more

Unified National Fine Thread Series (UNF)

Can Portland Bolt manufacture fasteners to Unified National Fine Thread Series (UNF)?

Unfortunately, Portland Bolt cannot manufacture fasteners with Unified National Fine threads. UNF thread series bolts are typically used in precision applications, such as automotive or machinery. Our threading equipment is unable to hold the required thread tolerance for UNF. Also, unlike cold-drawn steel, the hot rolled round bar we use to manufacture construction fasteners does not lend itself... Read more

Partial Galvanizing

Does Portland Bolt partially galvanize anchor bolts?

Yes. Portland Bolt can partially galvanize an anchor bolt. However, it is far more common for anchor bolts to be fully galvanized. If hot-dip galvanizing is required, engineers sometimes specify that only the exposed, projecting end of an anchor bolt should be galvanized, while the rest of the anchor bolt that gets embedded into concrete... Read more

Wrapped Anchor Bolts

My plans call for a section of the anchor bolts on the project to be wrapped with tape. Can Portland Bolt quote this?

Although uncommon, there are times when a project’s specifications or plans call for the unthreaded portion of an anchor bolt to be wrapped with various kinds of tape. This tape typically starts at the bottom of the threads projecting from the concrete and will either travel the entire length of the anchor bolt or stop at... Read more

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

Sales Tax

Does Portland Bolt Collect Sales Tax?

While providing bolts to every state in the United States, we are often questioned as to why we don’t include taxes on our quote and invoices. The state of Oregon, where Portland Bolt is based, is one of five states in the U.S. that does not have a sales tax. Therefore, any invoice from Portland... Read more