Selecting Bolts for Our Bridges and Stairs

Bill Brown explained that desiging the bridges and stairs are critical to our project.  His words continue to ring in Bryan’s ears.  Especially with the rains coming.

Evaluating Bolts

Bryan went to Lord & Sons Construction Supply in San Jose on Friday and picked up some bolt samples.  We need stainless steel bolts to attach the stainless steel posts to the bridges and stairs.  These bolts will be visible and an engineering feature of our house.

There are many alternatives available, including the head design and overall profile.  This is going to require some reflection and thought in establishing the design and obtaining the look we want.

Different bolts designs and lengths.  We need 1/2 inch in diameter bolts, that are 3-1/2 inches long.  The bolts in this photo can be ordered in the size and material (stainless steel) that we require.  The question is, 'which bolt profile and head to we want?'

Different bolts designs and lengths. We need 1/2 inch in diameter bolts, that are 3-1/2 inches long. The bolts in this photo can be ordered in the size and material (stainless steel) that we require. The question is, 'which profile and head pattern do we want?'

We like the material (stainless steel), and the Allen key head, but don't like the profile.

We like the material (stainless steel), and the Allen key head, but don't like the profile of this bolt.

This cap head bolt looks good.  It has a good surface area (important for structural strength) and we like the Allen key head.  For us, this bolt has a very pleasing profile.  We need this in stainless steel and 3-1/2 inches long.

This cap head bolt looks good. It has a good surface area (important for structural strength) and we like the Allen key head. For us, this bolt has a very pleasing profile. We need this in stainless steel and 3-1/2 inches long.

 

The countersunk bolt looks perfect!  Stainless steel and 3-1/2 inches long and we're good to go.

The countersunk bolt looks perfect! Stainless steel and 3-1/2 inches long and we're good to go!

 

 

 

 

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