Fasteners are an integral part of daily life. Our whole day is spent trying to keep things together. Latches keep doors shut tight. Buttons and zippers close our clothes. Velcro keeps a child's shoe from flying off. All of these are fasteners, and similar tools have a role in home repair. However, the ones you'll be using for materials like wood, metal, or drywall are much, much stronger.
Take a look at the previews below, which discuss several of the fasteners you will encounter. You will learn how to use them, their strengths and weaknesses, and which ones to use for your particular project.
Here are some of the more common fasteners you can use:
They're the easiest way to put two pieces of wood together.
With more holding power than nails, and greater ease in removing, screws are an excellent way to fasten.
These fasteners use nuts and washers as an anchor, helping form a stronger bond.
When you need to hold things together for a short time, a clamp is just the thing.
Adhesives can attach two materials chemically, either bonding on their own or as an aide to another kind of fastener.