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U-bolt : make the right choice

A U-bolt us is a special type of bolt in the form of the letter U. They are primarily used to fix and support pipework, including gas pipes and water pipes, in order to clamp them to a wall or other surface....

A U-bolt us is a special type of bolt in the form of the letter U. There are several different types of specialised bolts such as square bolts (also known as a C-bolt), j-bolts, slant bolts (also known as N-bolts), V bolts depending on the shape of the bolt.

They are primarily used to fix and support pipework, including gas pipes and water pipes, in order to clamp them to a wall or other surface.

There are several characteristics to consider when choosing the right U-bolt for your needs. The nominal bore corresponds to the inside diameter of the pipe which the U-bolt is designed to hold but it is easier to refer to the inside diameter which measures the distance between the legs of the bolt.

Once you have the right size, you should choose the right material for your needs. Zinc plated bolts are best for outdoor use for their anti-corrosion properties, or for marine use it is best to use stainless steel bolts. Then you just have to find the right nut, according to the thread size.