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Many of the parts we supply are available in a variety of materials.  There’s a reason for this, and it’s more than just to say we have “a vast selection for our customers”. The fact is the same material simply won't work in every application, and some materials don't get along with others in the same application.  For those of you who are engineers and/or welders these are all obvious things.  For the rest of us, the question almost always is "Which one is best for me?".  This article is for the rest of us. We won't discuss specific applications here, nor specific product...

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By picking your hardware first, you'll find more options that you can incorporate into your design.  You may even find that you can improve on your original concept with new technologies that you didn't know about before!

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Some helpful hints on picking the right handle for your project!

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When your searches come back empty, it's time to re-think your request. Google's search engines receive an average of 3.5 BILLION requests each day.  That's 40,000 search queries per second!  Google has become synonymous with "finding the answer"... mostly.  But sometimes the answers we get aren't exactly what we were hoping for.  Sometimes the results are funny, sometimes not so much.  Here's a great illustration of a bunch of people finding (or not finding) what they're looking for. When it comes to industrial hardware, there are very few generally accepted conventions for component names.  Engineering terms aside, manufacturers have the ability to "name"...

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Sometimes, when I'm working on a project, I have an idea of the type(s) of hardware I might need, but we're not clear on the details.  For example, imagine you're building a toolbox and you need a latch to keep the lid closed.  You head to the hardware store, only to discover that there's a wide range of latches that might work for you.  How do you pick one?  How do you even find them in the store? Fortunately, many stores have their aisles organized in such a way so that you can find things relatively easily. The hardware store will have sections for...

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