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Screws and bolts for the handy DIYer

If you're a DIY master or novice and you need to get a job done, you're going to need bolts and screws. On eBay, you can find a large selection of bolts, screws, and nuts.

Be aware that some people often confuse bolts with screws and vice versa. Although they may look similar, and they are both fasteners. However, they do carry out different jobs.

Bolts go with nuts

A bolt threads into a nut on the other side of the two materials you're fastening together. You most often use a spanner to tighten a bolt with a nut. Bolts use a wide variety of head designs. The most common types are the socket cap, hexagon, which is more commonly known as Hex, and slotted hex washer. When you're choosing nuts and bolts you need to be wary of the diameter of your intended hole and corresponding bolt, are well as the length of your bolt.

The turn of the screw

What makes a screw different from a bolt is that a screw forms its own thread in the material being fastened. It doesn't need a nut to fasten two materials together. A screw is tapered, unlike a bolt, and you can get different types of thread spacing and diameter depending on the type of material you're intending to fasten. Again, the two measurements you need to be wary of is the length of the screw and the diameter of the hole you're drilling.

Material matters

Depending on what material you're drilling into, such as timber decking, plasterboard or brick walls, you can get all types of screws and bolts for the job you're doing on eBay. Choose from wood screws, machine screws, brass screws, stainless steel bolts, bronze, and galvanised options. You can find screws and bolts which are made in Australia, and boxes of 1000 pieces which are great for stocking up or industrial use.

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