Steel Manufacturing Blog: Keeping it Steel

Coating Steel: Watch the Dew Point

Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 @ 12:57 PM

When using oil based steel primer, temperature at the time of coating is important. Paint will dry at a slower rate in colder temperatures and its drying solvents can evaporate away before drying is complete, leaving a clay-like film in its place. This is called 'cold curing'.

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Galvanized Vent Hole Plug Series: Aluminum vs. Zinc

Posted on Thu, Jan 07, 2021 @ 03:38 PM

All vent hole plugs are designed for the same purpose, to seal the vent and drainage holes made in a steel component during the galvanization process. While their functionality is simple, the choice of whether to use aluminum or zinc vent hole plugs can be more complicated.

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Tags: Vent Hole Plugs

The Knock-out Block Wedge: Removable and Reusable

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2020 @ 11:34 AM

One of the most common and basic products used in steel fabrication and other construction trades is the steel wedge.

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Askew Head Bolts: An Overview of the Variable Considered When Estimating the Size Required

Posted on Mon, Sep 21, 2020 @ 08:37 AM

Askew head bolts are used in masonry work in conjunction with wedge inserts. The askew head bolt is inserted into the wedge insert, which is embedded in a concrete wall, to allow for a connection to be made with a steel member (usually a relieving or lintel angle). 

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Oversized Clevis Rods: A Unique Order Fulfilled

Posted on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

If you were just starting out as a structural steel fabricator, it wouldn’t be long before you saw a tie rod, hanger rod, or cross brace assembly called for on a building plan. Typically, these assemblies are used in conjunction with a clevis, or more commonly two clevises, and a turnbuckle. While we go into depth on tie rods, clevises and turnbuckles in other articles, today we are focusing on a particularly unique clevis rod order that The Steel Supply Company fulfilled.

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Tags: Clevis Rods, Hanger Rods, Turnbuckle Rods, Turnbuckles

Thermal Break Cutting and Steel Fabrication

Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

Thermal Break Bearings have become a more and more common element used in steel fabricating plans. These products are insulators, meaning that they do not easily conduct heat or energy. As such, they are used to stop heat from transferring between steel members or escaping from the wider building envelope.

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Tags: Teflon Thermal Breaks, Bearings, Thermal Break

As Lockdowns Ease, The Steel Supply Company is Ready and Stocked!

Posted on Mon, Jun 01, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Now that the COVID-19 lockdowns are being steadily eased, steel fabricators and other construction trades are finding themselves with a ton of work backed up.

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Slide Bearing Designs and Specifications: How to Overcome Higher Temperatures and Higher Pressures

Posted on Thu, May 14, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

Slide Bearing design and specifications fall into categories with the most common being FC-1010-CS, a 3/32” layer of Fluorogold® bonded to 1/8” thick carbon steel. An upper and lower member of FC-1010-CS are used to create the slide bearing, as shown in Fig. 1. This is the most common configuration and can function effectively in the following ranges:

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Tags: Slide Bearing, Slide Bearings, Teflon Slide Bearing, Fluorogold Slide Bearing

VOC Regulations Regarding Structural and Miscellaneous Steel Primers

Posted on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 @ 11:41 AM

Environmental regulations for the construction industry are continually developed, and in many cases increased. As most readers of this blog are likely already aware, one highly regulated area of construction pertains to the use of steel primers, particularly the level of volatile organic compounds (or “VOCs”) that they contain.

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Tags: Steel Primer

Headed vs. Hooked Anchor Bolts: What's the Difference?

Posted on Mon, Apr 20, 2020 @ 11:34 AM

Headed vs. Hooked Anchor Bolts: Is there a difference? Which should you use?

In recent years, there has been a shift in preference by the AISC and ACI between headed and hooked anchor bolts. It's important that fabricators and engineers are aware of this trend, and why it has occurred.

Most steel fabricators are familiar with the difference between headed anchor bolts and hooked anchor bolts. If you’re not, the diagram below will help to show the difference.

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