A washer seems to be one of the simplest spare parts you ever have to deal with. What can possibly be complicated about a piece of metal, plastic, or rubber? You may be surprised to learn that choosing a washer can be much harder than picking an engagement ring.
Washers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Without extensive knowledge about the project or equipment requirements, choosing the best possible option isn’t as straightforward as you’d think. We asked experts from a leading flat washer manufacturer to share tips for choosing spacing components.
Some of the most common reasons for washer failure are stress-relaxation pressure and extreme temperatures. Even the best washer can fail if you place it in an environment for which it is not designed. Knowing the temperatures, pressure, and likely wear-and-tear can help you choose a washer that exhibits an appropriate endurance level.
This may seem obvious, but many people fail to select the right size washer by forgetting to make simple measurements. What you need to measure is the inner diameter, outside diameter, and thickness. All three parameters are vital to choosing the right part, even if it’s a simple flat washer.
You may want to take advantage of a special washer, gasket, and nut-measuring gauge when evaluating the size of the washer in order to achieve the most accurate measurement and most secure fit.
The material is highly important for the durability and longevity of a washer; be it elastomer …Read more