The hexagonal screw and nuts are a great way to attach two pieces of metal together. They require the use of a nifty little wrench. It’s easy to do, just follow the steps below.
Purchase the following items used in this tip:
Pair of Hex Wrenches
»Mini Hex Nuts and Screws (Brass)
»Mini Hex Nuts and Screws (Gold Plated)
»Mini Hex Nuts and Screws (Silver Plated)
»Xuron Maxi Shear Flush Cutter
»1.8mm Hole Punch Plier
Assemble the pieces that you wish to attach. Use the 1.8 mm to make a hole in each blank.
Slide the washer into the screw and insert it in the blank that sits on top. The washer is optional, but it does protect the blank from getting marked when tightening the screw.
Add the second blank and screw the nut on the end of the screw. In this view the head of the screw is on the bottom and the nut is on top.
Insert a wrench over each end, at both the head of the screw and the nut. Twist the wrenches in opposite directions at the same time to tighten.
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Don’t over tighten. The connection should be firm, but not so tight that the blanks become distorted or bowed.
After tightening, cut the remaining length of the screw away.
You may treat this as a rivet and clip it just a millimeter or two
above the nut and tap it lightly with a riveting hammer to spread the
metal and make it difficult for the nut to come loose.
The finished piece will be secure and ready to use.