When should you use galvanized steel or zinc plated steel?

When should you use galvanized steel or zinc plated steel? Both add a layer of zinc to the outside of the product. Zinc plating looks shiny and pretty, galvanized looks dull. But don’t be a magpie and just pick up the shiny object – think about the use. Both methods add a protective layer of zinc to the steel.  Zinc protects the steel by sacrificing itself – called a “sacrificial anode”. When exposed to the Read more…

Nominal Bore for pipe support systems

First some common definitions of the two words in the title: Nominal: as expected or planned; normal Bore: diameter of a tube / pipe So, putting those together we would expect “Nominal Bore” to mean the expected diameter of a tube – but within the realms of pipe support systems it is often a cause for error. U-bolts, pipe clips, pipe clamps, hangers and of course our own modular pipe support system – the 1205 Read more…