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3 Things You Should Not Do When Using Thread Gages

by Luke Lawson

Thread gages are handy little instruments that you can use if you aren't sure of the pitch or lead of a screw thread on a fastener that you're working with. These instruments are pretty easy to use, particularly once you get used to using them, but it is possible to make mistakes when you're still new to using thread gages. These are some of the things that you should not do if you want to effectively use thread gages.

1. Use the Wrong Thread Gage

The first mistake that some people make is using the same thread gage every time they want to check a screw thread pitch or lead. However, as you might already know, fasteners come in all different sizes. One thread gage probably cannot be used for all of the different jobs in your business. If you work with fasteners of varying sizes, then you're probably going to need to invest in a few thread gages of different sizes. Luckily, thread gages don't usually cost much, so it shouldn't be too costly to purchase multiple different thread gages so that you will always have the right one for each job. Then, you can make sure that you're getting accurate measurements each time.

2. Force Anything While Working With Thread Gages

If a thread gage seems to almost fit with the fastener that you're working with, it might not seem like a big deal to force the two together. However, this is a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First of all, you have to worry about your thread gage and fastener getting stuck, and you might not be able to separate the two. You also probably will not get an accurate reading anyway if you have to force your fastener onto the thread gage.

3. Forget to Clean Your Thread Gage

Lastly, you should make sure that you don't forget to clean your thread gages on a regular basis. You might not get an accurate measurement when using an overly dirty thread gage, since the dirt and debris on the thread gage can prevent you from getting a proper reading. Plus, your thread gage could wear out prematurely if it's not kept clean. Simply wiping it clean with a soft cloth should be sufficient to prevent these problems.

As long as you avoid making these common mistakes when working with thread gages, you should be able to use these thread gages successfully and effectively. Once you get a little bit of experience with working with thread gages, you might find they are easier to use than you think, and you will probably be able to quickly and effectively use thread gages for things like finding out which size of bolt you should be looking for. Soon, you'll probably find yourself using thread gages all the time, and hopefully, you will not have any problems when doing so.

To find British thread gages for your project, visit an industrial equipment supplier in your area.