Anthony's FAQs

12′ Galvanized All Thread Rod Cut into Studs

Can 12 foot lengths of galvanized all thread rod be cut into studs?

Yes, 12’ sticks of hot-dip galvanized all thread rod can not only be cut to smaller lengths, but it is often preferred. Depending on the application, all thread rod studs vary in length. For this reason, it is most common for all thread rod to be stocked in 12’ sticks, which can then be cut... Read more

Restocking Fees at Portland Bolt

Why does Portland Bolt assess a restocking fee for returned materials?

If a Portland Bolt customer requests to return product, it is company policy to implement a 25% restocking fee. The reason for this charge is to cover the initial costs involved with processing the order. These costs include the salesperson’s time to quote and write the order, labor to pull and package the product, and... Read more

Economy Bolt

What is an Economy Bolt?

Economy bolt is an alternative name for what is most commonly referred to as a timber bolt. Some other names for this part are dome head, fender head, safety head, and mushroom head bolt. The economy bolt name is most common in the Pacific Northwest. This style of bolt is used in marine and wood... Read more

Standards for Stainless Steel Flat Washers

What dimensional standards do stainless steel flat washers meet?

Stainless flat washers fall under the same ASME dimensional standards as your typical plain steel flat washer, which is ASME B18.21.1. Under ASME B18.21.1, dimensional tolerances for plain washers, there are two types specified, type A and type B. Type A has two series sizes to consider which include narrow and wide, while Type B... Read more

Pricing Validity

How long will Portland Bolt hold pricing?

To answer simply, as long as we possibly can. At the time of quoting, our pricing reflects the current costs for material and labor. With increases in cost, such as steel, always being a possibility, we can only guarantee pricing at the time of quoting. Our quotes include the following statement: “All quotations are for... Read more

Certified Mill Test Reports

What is a “CMTR”?

The acronym CMTR stands for, “Certified Mill Test Report” or “Certified Material Test Reports.”  As a manufacturer, it is imperative that we are using the correct raw material when manufacturing a given part, whether it is a bolt or fabricated steel plate.  A CMTR is provided by the raw material producer (mill), which is a... Read more

ASTM A47 vs. A48 vs. A536

What is the difference between ASTM A47, A48, and A536?

ASTM A47, A48, and A536 are all casting specifications. Each grade has its own strength requirements and base material used. Each grade is also commonly associated with a particular finished part that Portland Bolt stocks. ASTM A47 ASTM A47 covers ferritic malleable castings intended for general use at temperatures from normal ambient to approximately 750°... Read more

Structural Bolt

Head Style Requirements

Do ASTM and SAE Grades Require a Specific Head Style?

When selecting an ASTM grade of fastener for a particular application, the chemical and mechanical requirements are normally considered first, but there are some fastener specifications that require a certain head style as well.  Below is a chart showing some common ASTM grades and whether or not they have requirements for the pattern of forged... Read more

Thread Runout

What is “thread runout” and what specifications cover it?

The thread runout portion of a bolt is where the threaded section transitions into the bolt shank.  This area exists beyond where the usable thread stops.  In other words, if you were to assemble a nut all the way onto a bolt, the nut will stop, but there will still be a small portion of... Read more

Rural Utilities Service

What is the RUS or the Rural Utilities Service?

The United States Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is in charge of administering programs that provide rural communities with infrastructure or infrastructure improvements. The programs administered by the RUS include water and waste treatment, electric power, and telecommunications services. The RUS is a part of the USDA Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. The RUS provides assistance... Read more