In the world of manufacturing, there are a lot of elements that are small and inconspicuous that are actually quite important. One such are threaded bars, also called rods or studs. Their most common use is for mitigating tension.
While they are usually not very large, their impact in construction cannot be understated. Continue reading to understand what they are and why they are so important. You should never approach a project without planning to include some, because otherwise things could completely fall apart. Why is that? Well – you’ll have to continue to find out!
What are They?
You can read some information about them on this page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threaded_rod, but there is more than meets the eye. The most important thing to remember is that they are threaded. Usually this is done for both sides of it.
If you’re wondering what threading is, it is when a helical structure is utilized to convert rotational and linear movement. It also applies to converting force of those types. When something has this technique done, it allows other things like fasters, nuts, or bolts to be easily connected to them.
How Can They be Used?
So – we’ve covered what they are, now. However, how can they be used? You may not realize that you already have some in your home. If you’ve ever built furniture that needs to be sturdy, there’s a chance there is at least one stud holding everything together. The frame of my sofa has a few.
Of course, this is not the only application for threaded bars – there are plenty more serious ones. One of the main ones is anchoring heavy items or machinery to the ground. They need to be very strong to do this.
This is often called fastening and can be done for connecting wood and metal as well. We primarily see this in construction. Essentially, the rod acts as a sort of pin that joins them. Because of the converting techniques in the physical makeup of them, they are sturdy enough for this.
You might see a contractor use them during repairs. If you’re a contractor yourself, you may already be familiar with this. If you aren’t, though, you should familiarize yourself with the process. Rods can be added into both wood and concrete while patching up problems in furniture or even walls.
Metalworkers might also utilize them in a variety of tasks. Again, furniture making is a part of this. Any items made from metal or a combination of it and another material will probably contain some studs. This also applies to consumer goods in this category.
Why Stainless Steel?
If you’re unfamiliar with it, stainless steel is a category of steel rather than a specific type. The term is applied generally to any alloys that contain ten percent or more of chromium. It is called “stainless” because it does not corrode easily.
It is this property that has catapulted it into such extreme popularity for construction and threading. How it works is that the chromium within the metal ends up forming a thin film around the surface. When it is scratched or otherwise damaged, it repairs itself.
That is why the chromium is an important part of this type of metal. Without it, it cannot be considered stainless. The film serves as a protective coating and will repair quickly after any damage. If you want to discover more, look at this website: https://www.assda.asn.au/stainless-steel/what-is-stainless-steel.
Some other perks of this material include durability, strength, and temperature resistance. Obviously, these qualities are critical in something like construction of a home. No one wants a structure built on something that could melt or break because of weather conditions.
Additionally, stainless steel does not require a lot of maintenance. It can last for decades without ever needing to be touched. Even when it needs cleaned, the process is quite simple. You may be familiar with stainless steel cleaners, popularized because of appliances made of them. If you are, you probably know that a quick wipe down will suffice.
The final thing I will note here is that it is an environmentally friendly substance. It is recyclable, and some is already made of recycled materials. While going green isn’t a high priority for all of us, it’s something that I value quite highly.
Should You Use Them?
Stainless steel threaded bars and rods are a large part of the architecture and contracting industries. They can be used to add more supportive structure to everything from a chair to concrete floorings and walls. For these reasons alone, I would say it’s a good idea to research high quality options.
Remember that all steel is graded, so you should look at the manufacturer of the metal materials you purchase. High quality goods results in high quality services, after all!