06-05-2011, 10:33 AM
Some eye bolts are made with lag screw ends so that they can be securely fastened into a wood joist and some are made with threaded ends so that they can be secured in metal, but either way, the eyebolt is almost always used to attach a cable, chain, or rope to an object. Those hot summer days and the porch swing itself is long gone, but the eye bolt which secured the swing chains remain embedded firmly in the knotty pine of the rafters. Simple hardware is all that remains of those long ago days and it stands as a silent testimony to the best part of my childhood. A childhood that was supported, at least in part, by the humble, often overlooked, yet needed piece of hardware, the eye bolt. An eyebolt is a screw with a loop on one end and threads on the other end. Eye bolts are commonly used to attach cables to objects, for instance attaching a string to the back of a painting to allow the painting to hang from a nail on a wall. Machinery eye bolts are fully threaded and usually have a collar, which makes them suitable for use with angular loads up to 45°. Eye bolts without a shoulder should not be used for angular loads. Wire eye lags (also referred to as screw thread eye bolts, eye screws, or turned/bent eye lags) have a wood screw thread for use in wood or lag anchors. Like wire eye bolts, wire eye lags are intended for light duty applications and should not be used for angular loads.
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