Proper jobsite storage and handling of structural bolting components can mean the difference between an organized, timely project and having to buy completely new bolting components – costing your team time and money. At Birmingham Fastener, we take jobsite storage seriously. Here are a few key reasons you want to spend a little extra time properly storing your fasteners.

Lot Traceability of Structural Bolting

Most jobs require lot traceability for fastener storage. Lot traceability entails having production lot numbers on each container of nuts, bolts, and washers. Each type of structural bolting component must be stored separately by lot. This level of organization ensures that the correct fastening components are installed in each portion of the job. It is also required for pre-installation verification testing. Though some jobs do not require lot traceability, we highly recommend it for all jobs, due to the level of organization it provides.

The Elemental Effects on Uncoated Components

Uncoated bolting components have a water-soluble lubricant that aids installation and allows for protection. Containers must be kept closed in order to protect the nuts, bolts, and washers from the elements, including high temperatures, rain, and snow. Too often, our sales team sees improper storage of bolting components on jobsites – typically a tarp covering containers. This is one of the worst things you can do. Throwing a tarp over containers will cause condensation to develop on the components. This causes the water-soluble lubricant to wash away.

Other times, we simply see uncovered containers which, in hot and dry weather, will cause the lubricant to evaporate. If the lubricant evaporates, one should re-lubricate the components (this excludes twist-off TC bolts). Bolts that are improperly stored for too long can develop rust or dirt build-up –particularly in the threads. If this occurs, you must clean, re-lubricate, and retest the components prior to installation. That said, sometimes a bolting component is left in the elements so long that it cannot be fixed. This sort of neglect can cost your company major time and money, therefore, it is best to keep these components stored properly.

A Note on Galvanized Components

While it is true that galvanized structural bolting components typically have a stronger, more durable lubricant that is not water soluble, it is still important that these are stored properly. Some types of lubricants can still degrade or melt when exposed to high temperatures. If this happens, reapply before installation.

Bottom Line

Ultimately, simple steps toward proper jobsite storage of structural bolting can save you countless hours between hunting for the right components, having to clean and/or reapply lubricant, or –worst case scenario – having to purchase entirely new bolts. If you have further questions regarding jobsite storage or any other fastener related queries, our expert sales team is here to help. Contact them today.

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