Copper Gutters and the Screws Used to Install Them
It seems that recently, copper gutters have become more and popular on high end homes. I know that we have received an increase of requests for our copper plated stainless steel zip screws that are used to install these beauties!
There are several reasons for choosing copper gutters for your home other than just the fact they are just plain GORGEOUS! The stainless copper plated zip screws to install these gutters come in three different choices.
One style is 410 stainless steel (magnetic) which is copper plated. A benefit of using 401 stainless steel is that you will be able to use your magnetic chucks which will make installation easier. A downside is that because there is some carbon steel in the make up of the screw, which makes it magnetic and also a little stronger, there will be some surface rust after time. But being used with copper gutters the effect will blend in with the patina of the copper.
Another choice is 18-8 stainless steel (non-magnetic) copper plated zip screw. Since this style has no carbon steel, no surface rust will develop, however, it will not be magnetic either.
And then there are the pure copper zip screw. These, though, are only available in 8 x 1/2.
Many gutter installers who do copper gutter also use pop rivets which are copper with brass mandrels. The mandrels are made of brass because brass is stronger than pure copper but won’t have a chemical corrosive reaction with the copper gutters. Copper rivets with steel mandrels are pretty common but finding them with brass mandrels can be more challenging.
Women in the Fastener Industry
I am the newest addition to the All Points Fasteners Inc. sales team.
In a field dominated by men, there are quite a few obstacles I have had to overcome. For example, I sell zip screws and tek screws to people in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry. Prior to my training, I had never heard of a zip or tek screw. I had no idea that there were different size shanks, chucks, and threads. After working at a cell phone company for 4 ½ years—I was in for a shock!
The first time a customer started rattling off the different screws that they used (and parts I had never even heard of), I panicked. I was sure that I wasn’t ready to do this and that this career change was a mistake. I could never be good enough because I didn’t have any knowledge about anything mechanical. Heck, I barely knew how to change my tire! (At least I knew that much, it has been useful on more than one occasion.)
Now that I have a few more weeks of experience under my belt, I am much more confident. I understand now that I can’t know everything. It reminded me that I never knew everything while working in my last just. I had to use my resources to find the answers. Knowing this has helped me become much more confident. I cannot know everything but I do know the questions I need to ask, and I’ll be alright. I also know now that my customers will be patient with me if I am honest. All I need to tell them is that I’m new and I need them to slow down a little bit.
I will be forever grateful to the first customer I ever spoke with. He was kind, patient, and he didn’t hang up on me. It was a great experience and it calmed my nerves. It helped me prepare for the times that I would be hung up on. Thankfully, I haven’t been hung up on very often.
Moving from Customer Service to Sales has been quite an experience. I have found that my Customer Service background has made it easy to speak with people over the phone. During all those years of being a Customer Service Representative, however, taught me how to keep professional even in the most difficult times. This has made sales over the phone a little difficult. While it is important to remain professional, it is also important to relate to your customers. To do this, I must learn to loosen up and have a good time with them! Although my customers were always pleased with the service they received from me at the cell phone company, these customers are not calling me with a problem. I am calling them with a solution to a problem they didn’t even know they had—paying way too much money for their materials!
My new knowledge of screws has helped me out in arguments with my husband. It was nice to be the expert in a field I never had any experience with! We were hanging out one day, discussing the type of screws that I sell. He insisted that tek screws were the only self-tapping screws. I calmly corrected him and advised him that the self-piercing screws also self-tap. He is a very stubborn man and insisted he was correct. At this point, I pulled up an article All Points Fasteners that discussed this very topic. He is still annoyed that I proved him wrong, but he is impressed with my new skills.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my mentor, MaryLouise. She has been in business for over 20 years now, and she helped pave the way for us women to jump on board. She proved that you don’t have to be a man to be successful in this industry. All you have to do is get to know your product, your consumer, and learn how to talk on the phone and you can sell anything! She has been by guide through this wild journey and I am so grateful for the opportunities she has provided. She has taught me a new way to provide for my family.
To other woman considering a career in the fastener industry, you can do it. There is a network called WIFI, Women in the Fastener Industry. They offer mentor-ship and guidance. Check out their website!
Looking At The Different Types and Uses of Stainless Steel Fasteners
Stainless steel fasteners are fasteners that consist of stainless steel. Just like other stainless steel materials, they have at least 10% chromium. This percentage differentiates them from the regular steel materials. Stainless steel fasteners have the advantage of forestalling corrosion. Normally, these materials would need additional elements to enhance their structures. As such, it is commonplace for such fasteners to consist of metals like nickel, titanium, molybdenum and nitrogen among others.
Varieties of stainless steel fasteners
There are various kinds of stainless steel fasteners in the market. These varieties of fasteners include:
• 18-8: These fasteners consist of 8% nickel and 18% chromium. They include fittings like 302HQ, 303, 305, 304, 302 and XM7. The 18-8 steel fasteners usually offer huge resistance to corrosion (400 series stainless). They are also nonmagnetic and only attain hardness through cold working.
• 316: 316 stainless steel fasteners are more suited to severe environments. They are usually non-magnetic, thermally non-hardenable and austenitic. Such fasteners boast of 0.08% carbon with a higher level of nickel. The presence of 3% molybdenum posits them as one of the strongest resistors of corrosion. As such, they can withstand corrosive attacks from calcium and sodium brines, phosphoric acid, sulphite liquors and hypochlorite solutions.
• 304 stainless steel fasteners: These are austenitic steel fasteners that are nonmagnetic and need cold working to harden. They come equipped with 18% chromium, which provides them with enough resistance to oxidation and corrosion. Also, it has 8% nickel content, which enables them to resist the negative effects of reducing chemicals.
Uses of stainless steel fasteners
Stainless steel fasteners fulfill an integral role in many sectors. For instance, the construction industry uses these fasteners to build structures that support heavy weights. Thanks to their non-corrosive abilities, they are the perfect components for constructing long-lasting structures. In the motor vehicle industry, stainless steel fasteners are important in the assembly of motor vehicles. Once again, their resistance to rust makes them the perfect candidates for assembling such outdoor elements like cars.
People can also use stainless steel fasteners to connect pieces of wood. Such fasteners include lag bolts and carriage bolts. Other fasteners like shoulder bolts are helpful when creating pivot points in machines. Their smooth top sections and threaded lower areas make them a perfect fit for this purpose. People who need to bolt applications can also rely on stainless steel fasteners for this purpose. They can also provide great holding power.
The widespread of stainless steel fasteners finds basis in their numerous advantages. Primarily, they are rust and corrosion-resistant. This means that they are strong and can withstand the rigors of the conditions that accelerate rusting. Also, these fasteners give people an easy time when cleaning. The high content of chromium gives them a lustrous surface, which is smooth and easy to clean.
Regardless of their strength, stainless steel fasteners also offer an easy time with regards to unfastening. This is due to their high melting points where they can withstand heat. This prevents fusing, which could make unfastening a major hassle.
Eric works as a design technician at Ejot, UK, were he helps design some of the most advance industrial strength fasteners. Ejot quality assurances have helped them with some high profile projects such as the new confinement roof for the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and The Athletes Village for the London Olympics.