Steel Manufacturing Blog: Keeping it Steel

5/8” Diameter Askew Head Bolt Will Save the Day

Posted on Sun, Jul 07, 2024 @ 09:14 PM

The renovation project shown in Fig. 1 is currently taking place in the metro New York City area. The structure is a four-story garden apartment building originally constructed in the late 1950’s.

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Optimizing Slide Bearing Design: The Benefits of Non-Continuous Lengths

Posted on Mon, Jun 24, 2024 @ 04:25 PM

The Steel Supply Company frequently sees requirements for Teflon® or Fluorogold® Slide Bearings where the assembly is longer than 48” and the designer calls for a single continuous upper and lower member. This can be done but is almost always unnecessary.

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Plastic Shims: Evaluating Cost, Strength, and Durability

Posted on Wed, May 22, 2024 @ 11:26 AM

Often when projects require shims the default material is automatically steel. This is often overkill in terms of performance and required compression strength. As a possible option, Construction Grade Plastic Shims offer exceptional strength and durability.

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Don’t Get Caught Short

Posted on Fri, May 17, 2024 @ 11:02 AM

For our Steel Fabricating and Construction industry customers, nothing is more important than staying on schedule.

Getting the components and supplies your project needs remains difficult for some of the more specialized items.

Beginning in 2020 the Pandemic created havoc in the supply chain. Everything from raw steel to paint and coatings took a hit. Along the way a few natural / man made disasters added to the problem.

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Steel Supply Essentials: From Protective Coatings to Specialty Hardware

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2024 @ 11:20 AM

Fig. 1 Krylon Rust Inhibitive Steel Coatings. Available in 5 gallon pails or 53 gallon drums

From our beginnings in 1898 Rust Inhibitive Steel Coatings has been one of the main product lines. Krylon®, a division of Sherwin Williams, is a solid coating that dries fast and delivers excellent protection against rust. Fig. 1.

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Setting Base Plates, Handrails, Anchor Bolts

Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2024 @ 11:29 AM

Cementitious Expansion Grout

On any construction project, grout can be found everywhere. Mounting Handrails, Setting Anchor Bolts, Under Base Plates, etc. The important thing to consider when using grout is exposure to the elements.

Typical construction uses a “controlled expansion” grout, i.e. – as it sets it expands slowly to create pressure. This can be achieved with a Portland Cement based grout, or gypsum based. The difference is the Portland cement type will expand and remain at its expanded pressure indefinitely in both interior and exterior environments.

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Slide Bearings with Rotation Allowance

Posted on Thu, Mar 14, 2024 @ 02:59 PM

Note : Bearings can be standard configuration or uniquely designed by the project engineer or architect. The plan should not be altered without the approval of the designer.

As construction engineering advances, more frequently Slide Bearings are being designed with bonded rubber layers to allow for rotation and/or vibration isolation. There is a standard configuration for these bearings and some basics should be understood.

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Thermal Break, Teflon® Slide Bearings, Dielectric, Vibration Isolation...

Posted on Thu, Feb 22, 2024 @ 01:07 PM

Taking a look at a recent steel project shows an example of how bearings are becoming more prevalent in the steel fabricating and general construction world.

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New Location Now in Scranton, PA

Posted on Thu, Jan 04, 2024 @ 10:21 AM

The Steel Supply Company has opened a new ANCHOR BOLT manufacturing facility in Scranton Pennsylvania.

This offers you

  • Shorter Lead Times
  • More Competitive Prices
  • Faster Deliveries
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Transition Couplers

Posted on Mon, Dec 18, 2023 @ 10:55 AM

As Rebar Couplers become more commonplace in Steel Construction several problems can arise. A common one is varying diameter rebar. To the steel fabricator, typically welding the Bar Lock® Rebar Anchors to the columns in the shop this would appear irrelevant. The catch occurs if the anchors are threaded and one solution is the Transitional Coupler.

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