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Returns will not be accepted without prior approval. Only unopened/unused product will be considered for refund.
Your full purchase price will be refunded minus re-stocking charges. Shipping charges for returned items will not be reimbursed. All items returned will be subject to a 20% re-stocking charge. Please call or email your request for an R.M.A. number (return material authorization) stating the reason of return.
Lumber cannot be returned under any circumstance.
SHIPPING - U.S. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL
In most cases, orders placed by Noon Eastern Time will ship the same day. We offer the lowest shipping rates available in our industry on the internet. Don't forget to ask about freight costs when shopping different online suppliers!
U.S. DOMESTIC SHIPPING
Ground and expedited packages are shipped via FedEx and USPS.
ALL customers in the 48 contiguous United States will receive 20% off shipping charges when using expedited services such as:
FedEx Priority Overnight by 10:30am next day
FedEx Standard Overnight by 3:00pm next day
FedEx 2nd Day Air
Fed Ex Express Saver (by 4:30pm third business day)
Packages and freight 150 lbs+ are shipped via Fed Ex International. We ship to every country in the Fed Ex International system. Shipping terms are DDU (duties unpaid by shipper)
HOW MANY FASTENERS WILL I NEED & WHAT LENGTH?
The rule of thumb when considering what length of fastener to use is to double the thickness
of material being fastened. For example: When fastening 5/4" (1-1/4" approximate) decking,
you will want to use a 2-1/2" long fastener. When fastening 2" (1-1/2" approximate) decking,
you will want to use a 3" long fastener.
Screws are sized by the gauge and length respectively. For example, an 8 x 2" screw would
have these specifications: The 8 represents shank gauge and the 2 represents length,
sometimes nominally. A lower gauge number would represent a smaller shank diameter and
a larger number would represent a larger shank diameter.
Fasteners are often coated to protect against corrosion. Resistance to corrosion is measured
by salt spray tests (ASTM B117) or the Kesternich test. Salt spray testing is a method
developed by the automotive industry for salt corrosion to vehicles subjected to winter road
salting. The Kesternich method was also developed by the automotive industry in Germany
for Volkswagen. This test is a more advanced way of testing coated metals. Each Kesternich
cycle simulates varying temperatures, wind, water, and salt within the acid range, whereas
salt spray testing merely uses saltwater (sodium chloride).
Listed below are some of the most common fastener coatings and their performance issues:
Electro-- Coating method by applying Zinc to metal via electric charge. This is the basic
Galvanized corrosion inhibitor for all fasteners and is better suited for interior applications.
Resistant to 24 hours salt spray.
Hot dipped-- Method of dipping steel in molten Zinc (842° F). At this temperature, Iron
Galvanized and Zinc share great affinity allowing an alloy to form where pure Zinc prevails
on the outside. This coating is susceptible to chipping when hit or shearing
when driven, exposing unprotected metal that can oxidize. Resistant to 48 hours
Black/Grey-- Commonly found on drywall screws and should only be used for interior applications.
Phosphate Resistant to 40 hours salt spray.
Yellow Zinc-- Coating made up of Zinc Phosphate with a yellow Dichromate finish. Found on a
number of exterior grade nails and screws. Resistant to 100 hours salt spray and
1 Kesternich cycle.
Dachrotized- Process of applying Dacromet® to fasteners in a liquid bath where the excess is
spun before oven curing. Dacromet® consists of metal oxides, zinc, and aluminum
flakes. After oven curing, the zinc and aluminum platelets align in multiple layers
forming a metallic silver gray color. Resistant to 200/300 hours salt spray and
1 Kesternich cycle.
Ceramic-- Process consisting of electrically applying a green Irridite base coat and dip/spinning
a Ruspert top coat. In screw applications, this coating may shear when driven
resulting in exposed metal. Resistant to 500 hours salt spray and up to 10 Kesternich
Climatek-- Four layer coating consisting of proprietary elements. Resistant to 1,000 hours
salt spray and over 20 Kesternich cycles.
Stainless Steel fasteners provide better corrosion resistance than coated fasteners
due in part to their alloy composition. There are different grades of stainless steel
available for varying applications. There are also different sub-classes within the
grades that are relative to the alloy percentages in the composition. A key element
in corrosion protection is the percentage of Nickel in the fastener's composition.
Listed below are some of the most common Austenite stainless steel grades and their
304--The standard "18-8" stainless, this grade is the most widely used and versatile stainless steel.
It offers slightly better strength, but lower corrosion resistance to saltwater (sodium chloride).
Anti-corrosion components are 18-20% Chromium and 8-10.5% Nickel.
305--Type 305 is similar to type 304 with respect to corrosion resistance. It offers better protection
from a variety of solutions and possesses a higher nickel content. Anti-Corrosion components
are 17-19% Chromium and 10.5-13% Nickel.
316--This grade is usually regarded as the standard "marine grade stainless steel." Molybdenum
gives 316 better overall corrosion resistant properties than grade 304 & 305. Anti-Corrosion
components are 16-18% Chromium, 10-14% Nickel, and 2-3% Molybdenum.
WOOD COMPOSITE DECKING
Wood composite decking is becoming a very popular alternative to wood because
of it's longevity and low maintenance characteristics. Wood composites are
produced from a percentage of wood fiber/dust and certain plastics, such as
polyethylene, PVC, or polypropylene. The two types of profiles available are
solid and hollow: Solid profile decking emulates the shape of real wood lumber,
but also has more expansion/contraction properties because of it's mass.
Hollow profile decking has an engineered look and less mass than it's counterpart.
It possesses lower expansion/contraction properties, but is more susceptible to
yard or job site damage.
TrimTite™ screws are an excellent fastener choice when installing wood composite
decking. The tiny head will produce a slight bump when countersunk resulting
in an inconspicuous or non-fastener look. This is a cost/labor effective method
compared to hidden brackets or joist fastening systems. CLICK HERE for more info.
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