March Madness Bracket Challenge
Calling all Bracketologists!
College basketball fans rejoice! The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship Tournament is upon us.
Let the madness begin! With teams like Gonzaga and UCLA looking strong, will a team out West finally win the championship?
Make your picks, and we will soon find out!
Fill out your free bracket and compete against more than 200 of our current and prospective customers, vendors, business associates, and employees for a chance to win Amazon gift cards, cool Portland Bolt gear, and the coveted championship trophy!
- Champion: A $150 Amazon.com gift card, a Portland Bolt polo, a Portland Bolt basketball, and a custom engraved trophy
- Runner-up: A $50 Amazon.com gift card, a Portland Bolt polo, and a Portland Bolt basketball
- 3 Random Winners: A Portland Bolt basketball, an insulated stainless steel tumbler and a Portland Bolt baseball cap
Thursday, March 16th at 12:15 PM ET is our pool’s pick deadline!
Portland Bolt introduces its newest website: A307bolts.com
Kailey Tillman has created our newest specialty website that contains technical information pertaining to the ASTM A307 specification, joining a long list of websites owned and operated by Portland Bolt. These microsites are self-contained websites that are designed to provide technical information pertaining to specifications, fastening products, or industries using construction fasteners. Our complete list of microsites is below:
Is the Groove Depth of a Split Ring or Shear Plate Timber Connector Adjustable?
Are They Adjustable?
In short, yes. The grooving tool for installing split rings and the dapping tool for installing shear plates allow the depth of the cut to be adjusted.
Both tools have either two or four carriage bolts that set the depth of the groove cut into the wood. The headed ends of the bolts project from the tool in the same direction as the cutting blades, preventing the wood member and the blades from engaging any further.
The threaded end of the bolt is assembled through a tapped threaded hole on the tool itself and secured with a nut. The bolt can be threaded into the tool further allowing the blades to cut deeper.
Alternatively, the bolt can be drawn out of the tool further to decrease the engagement between the blade and the wood member.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo: Kingdoms of Asia
Over the years the Fresno Chaffee Zoo has added exhibits such as African Adventure, Sea Lion Cove, Reptile House, and Tropical Rainforest.
For the next exhibit, Kingdoms of Asia, Portland Bolt was tasked with manufacturing 29 custom-length tie rod assemblies.
With Portland Bolt’s Tie Rod Calculator, quoting system, and easy-to-read drawings that include mark numbers, the contractor was easily able to confirm the tie rod sizes to be ordered correctly.
Our experienced manufacturing team assembled the clevises and turnbuckles making sure of proper fit and marked each assembly. This is so the contractor can easily identify which rods go where without having to dig through 29 custom assemblies.
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Meet Nico Lang
Nico began working at Portland Bolt in January of 2023 after working in the recycling industry. Post-graduation from Lewis and Clark in 2022, Nico traveled back home to Palo Alto, California for a few months before moving to Washington to enjoy the outdoors. In his free time Nico enjoys lifting weights, training Muay Thai, and pottery.
- Education: Lewis & Clark College – Portland, Oregon
- BS – Physics, Minor in Art
- Hobbies: Pottery, Reading.
- Sports: Skiing, Snowboarding, Windsurfing and Muay Thai.
- Movies: Dune, The Lord of The Rings.
- Favorite Comics: Sandman, The Long Halloween, Sin City.