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AGM WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Each year in July Bolts & Industrial Supplies hold their Annual General Meeting, where the managers from each store get together to discuss company direction. Our General Manager, Andrew Rogers encourages his staff to “think outside of the square,” so when it came to holding this year’s meeting, Andrew and team surpassed themselves by doing exactly that, the meeting was held on a beach on the Gold Coast in a circle, under an awning!

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Luke’s spaghetti with garlic butter, bacon and prawns

Yesterday was the Ekka holiday here in Brisbane, and our Salisbury and Virginia teams decided to forgo the traditional Dagwood Dogs and Strawberry Ice Creams and keep the stores open for the day! Still, that didn’t mean that we weren’t allowed to indulge a little… So we jumped in the kitchen and created this delicious spaghetti with garlic butter, bacon and prawns – the only thing we didn’t have was a nice bottle of white to wash it all down with!

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Luke’s Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Risotto

We do love our food at Bolts & Industrial Supplies, so Friday lunches are always a bit special. This week, Luke Baratta from our Toowoomba store is cooking up a storm in the kitchen with his delicious chicken, bacon and mushroom risotto recipe! It went over pretty well with the Toowoomba team today, so we’re sure you’ll love it as well!

The following serves 5-7 average eating people. Scroll down for ingredients. Read More

Jess’ Special Rice

We do love our food at Bolts & Industrial Supplies, so Friday lunches are always a bit special. This week, Jess Burns from our Salisbury store is cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her delicious special rice recipe! It went over pretty well with the Salisbury team today, so we’re sure you’ll love it as well!

The following serves 5-7 average eating people. Scroll down for ingredients.

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The Hex Nut

 

It is believed the manufacturing of nuts was first developed in the 1500’s in France, and were mostly used in the building of carriages and sleighs. Initially nuts were hand made by the local blacksmith in a square format. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s when an American company first developed a nut and bolt making machine that nuts were mass produced. Read More

Bathurst Branch

Bolts & Industrial Supplies – Bathurst Branch

It is now 8 months since we opened our Bathurst branch, servicing the Central West Tablelands. Since opening our doors, we have implemented our strategy to increase stock levels to accommodate the needs of our customers. Our extensive range of fasteners includes high tensile, mild steel, galvanised, stainless steel, structurals and brass in both metric and imperial.
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How To Use Lock Nuts

LOCK NUTS – Good Vibrations! More Like Shake Rattle & Roll

One of the constant dilemmas we have when working with fasteners, is how to ensure the bolt will stay in place when there is the element of vibration involved.

Let me introduce you to two alternatives; one being a good old faithful – 150 years of recognition in the industry must speak for itself, and the other, a more innovative approach.

The Lock Nut, often referred to as the Jam Nut combines 2 nuts to secure the bolt and has been used effectively for over a century. The art of the construction of the nuts is essential to produce good results, and is often the reason for ineffective locking. Read More

Stainless Steel – The Do’s and Don’ts

So you want a Stainless Steel bolt? Not a problem, we can supply you with that, but what we will also give you is a little bit of information you may find handy whilst working with this particular compound.

Stainless Steel is a steel alloy combined with a minimum 10% chromium content, renowned for it’s anti rust, low corrosion, anti tarnish and durability properties. Before you launch into purchasing this handy versatile component, let me explain certain complexities you may encompass and ways in which to avoid them. Read More

Fasten anywhere, anytime with Nutserts!

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The commonly known Nutsert is a threaded insert containing a female thread (similar to that of a hex nut) used in thin gauge metals such as sheet-metal or areas with no means of accessing the rear. It is very much like a blind rivet and possesses either a large flange (Rivet Nuts) or a flush flange (Poly Nut) at the outer end; the larger headed nutserts are commonly known as flanged nutserts and have a segment of plain “barrel”. It is this plain barrel segment that crushes into the sheet metal and thereby form a nut like fitting which remains fixed through the parent material. Read More

How to define what type of bolt you’re using.

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When looking at the head of a bolt, there are six details that can be told by them: the type of fastener (or drive type), the grade (or classification) of the fastener, the manufacturer, the material type, the plating or coating and whether it is an Imperial fastener or a Metric fastener.

These details can be broken down into various groups called Grades or Classes that classify them according to their property ranks, quality, degree and other various facets. According to Imperial (SAE) and Metric specifications, as the grade and class of the fasteners increase, so do that of the bolt’s tensile strength. Read More

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