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Before using fasteners with threads, it's a good idea to inspect them with thread gages. Then you can make sure the threads will accept whatever materials you're trying to support. You'll just need to take these actions to have success with this thread assessment tool.
Make Sure Gages Meet Proper Standards First
In order to make the most out of your time using a thread gage and feeling confident about the inspection results you're able to acquire, you should only use gages that meet the right standards. There are specifics that you can look up to certify a thread gage meets these requirements.
You just need to account for the area that you're in because these standards can vary from country to country. You'll also need to find a thread gage manufacturer that complies with these standards, showing proof with certifications before you ever order.
Use Gauges That Also Clean
Not all thread gages are just reserved for assessing different properties of threads on fasteners. They can do other things as well, with one of the more helpful being the ability to clean. Some thread gages have special grooves that will naturally clean threads that are assessed by this instrument.
So after you get done taking into account attributes like thread diameters and thread lengths, you'll have a fully cleaned fastener that will support your operations a lot better since debris won't be able to interfere at all. That saves you additional steps during the setup process of your fasteners.
Assess the Amount of Force
An attribute that you'll want to keep an eye on when assessing fastener threads with a thread gage is force. You don't want a lot of it being required to get the gage into position on the fastener's threads because that's usually a sign of incompatibility.
Not only that, but if you tried forcing the gage down the threads, you could damage both workpieces. Then you would have to buy more and start this whole assessment process all over again. If there is resistance, inspect for possible defects and also consider changing the size of thread gage that you're using.
Thread gages can be used to gain helpful insights on the threads of fasteners. If you are able to use the right gages and observe certain protocols when working with them, you'll discover helpful details that provide a clear understanding of a fastener thread's acceptance when used a certain way.