Portland Bolt FAQs

Engineers on Staff

Does Portland Bolt have any engineers on staff to help design my project?

Unfortunately, Portland Bolt does not have any engineers on staff. For this reason and due to liability issues, we are unable to make recommendations with regard to quantity, size, configuration, or grades of fasteners for specific applications. By the time we get involved in manufacturing bolts for a construction project, an architect and engineer have... 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 that we are faced with.  Technically, quoted prices are “for immediate acceptance.” With increases in cost, such as steel, always being a possibility, we can only guarantee pricing at the time of quoting.  This does... Read more

Custom Packaging

Does Portland Bolt provide custom packaging?

Yes Portland Bolt offers custom packaging. Many of our light rail customers have us fully assemble the OCS foundation bolts marked with the foundation type. This allows them to simply drop the fully assembled bolts into their location. This also frees up their people from the task of field assembling product they may not be... Read more

Returned Goods

I ordered fasteners from Portland Bolt that I no longer need. Does Portland Bolt accept returns?

Portland Bolt accepts returns on stock items that we inventory, with some exceptions and limitations. We are unable to accept returns on custom items that were manufactured per order. Exceptions for Returns on Portland Bolt Stock Items Portland Bolt is willing to accept returns on items that we inventory as long as the parts are... 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

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

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

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

Assembly

Does Portland Bolt assemble accessory hardware to bolts?

Unless instructed otherwise, Portland Bolt will ship nuts and washers unassembled from bolts, with a few exceptions: Tie Rod Assemblies Tie rod assemblies are commonly used in heavy timber construction and in erecting architectural and structural steel. The assemblies typically consist of a threaded rod with right hand thread on one end and left hand... Read more

Take-offs

Why does Portland Bolt need me to provide a take-off for a specific project?

A take-off is a list of all the materials required to build a project based on the supplied plans. For example, if you had plans for building a dock, the plans might show a typical section of dock and you would use that to extrapolate how many board feet of timber and how many bolts... Read more