Strut hardware is a set of components used in construction and engineering projects to support and stabilize structures, such as beams, pipes, and electrical conduits. Three common types of strut hardware are flat washers, hex head cap screws, and rod couplers.
Flat washers are thin, circular discs with a hole in the center that fits around a screw or bolt. They are typically made of metal, plastic, or rubber and are used to distribute the load of the fastener over a larger surface area, thereby reducing the risk of the fastener damaging the material it is attached to. Flat washers also provide a smooth surface for the fastener to tighten against, which can help prevent it from loosening over time due to vibration.
Hex head cap screws, also known as hex bolts, are threaded fasteners with a six-sided head. They are typically made of steel or stainless steel and come in a variety of lengths and diameters. Hex head cap screws are often used in conjunction with flat washers to securely fasten strut channels to other components, such as brackets or beams. The hexagonal head allows for easy installation and removal with a wrench or pliers.
Rod couplers, also known as coupling nuts, are threaded fasteners used to join two threaded rods together. They are typically made of steel or stainless steel and come in a variety of lengths and diameters. Rod couplers are used in strut systems to connect threaded rods that are used to suspend electrical conduits, pipes, or other components from the ceiling or walls. By using a rod coupler, the overall length of the threaded rod can be extended or shortened as needed to fit the specific installation requirements.