Wave washers are a unique and versatile piece of equipment, although they may not look like much at first glance. A single wave washer might even seem a bit flimsy. When it comes to securing a bolt down in various light applications, these washers are great for protecting material and applying tension where it is needed.
How They Are Used
Usually, washers that are constructed with a wave pattern are used with bolts or screws to create more tension as the screw is inserted. This should hopefully keep from damaging the material on which the tools are being used. It also creates the proper amount of tension needed to keep the screw or bolt in place. The screw or bolt passes through the center of the washer so that the washer acts as a buffer between the screw or bolt head and the material.
Keep in mind that single wave washers are only for light-duty applications. Many of these washers may be fairly thin, which means too much pressure could take their wave out or break them. Before undertaking use of such a washer, make sure it is suitable for your particular project.
Wave washers are helpful in completing all manner of light duty projects that need a little extra tension and protection. If you're looking for a way to help your screw or bolt hold tighter, a washer might do the trick. Just make sure to select the right kind of washer for the pressure of your project. Call (800) 603-6887 today for details about the stainless steel fasteners and other construction supplies available at Copper State.