The installation of hanger bolts is a relatively easy process, but requires care to prevent damaging the threads. Be sure to choose the right size of hanger bolt for the application, and follow the steps outlined here for a successful installation.
Start by marking the desired location for the hanger bolt on the piece of wood or other material. Make sure there is enough space for the bolt head and the nut that will be placed on its machine side.
Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the wood side of the hanger bolt, drill into the wood a small pilot hole. This will make screwing the bolt into the wood a little easier.
Take two nuts that will thread onto the machine side of the bolt and tighten them against each other. This will help ensure that the bolt does not shift or move when you are trying to drive it into the wood. Once the two nuts are tightened onto the hanger bolt, you can install it into the wood. Place the bolt over the pilot hole and begin to twist it. Use an open-ended wrench and place it on the nuts that you tightened over the bolt. Screw the bolt in using the wrench. This will help you to apply constant pressure and keep the bolt straight. As well, the wrench will offer more torque, making it easier to drive hard into the wood.
As the bolt is screwed in, you can periodically stop and check that it is not being driven at an angle. It is important that the bolt is straight so that it keeps a consistent level of pressure. In some cases, a tap may be required to help loosen the wood and allow the bolt to be driven in with greater precision.
Once the hanger bolt is tight, remove the two nuts from the machine side and replace it with the nut that will attach other components. Be sure the nut fits snugly onto the bolt, and use a screwdriver or other tool to ensure that the nut is tightened into place.
Finally, when the installation is complete, you can use a file or sandpaper to smooth off any rough edges that may have been caused during the installation process.
By following these steps, you can ensure that hanger bolts are installed properly and securely, without damaging the threads. With careful application, the hanger bolts will be firmly installed, allowing you to complete your project with confidence.