What are they?
We’ll start with an obvious one but they’re worth mentioning nonetheless, as screws and bolts are relatively common in sign installation! Flat pack lovers (or haters) will of course know they come in many different sizes, types, metals, shapes and finishes.
There are literally hundreds of drive types – from plastic rawl plugs that give that extra grip in solid walls and toggle bolts for hanging heavy elements on drywall, to wood screws for timber and steel tapping screws for threading through metals or plastics – and they are all indeed tightened with a screwdriver or power drill.
There are also these sneaky things called ‘security screws’ – they come with their own special hand tool making them difficult to remove, if that’s what you’re after, or chemical bolts which are high strength metal fixings that are set with a hardcore resin, perfect for a destination wall that’s made out of solid substrate usually stone, concrete or brick.
With screws and bolts, as long as you get the appropriate materials, shank diameter and length, their tensile strength means they’ve a high load-carrying capacity, and they work with a variety of signs.
Made with zinc plated steel, brass or stainless steel, these little guys are typically quite visible, but you can give them a paint or deck them out with cover caps, which come domed or flat in a variety of gorgeous garbs including mirror, chrome, brass and plastic.
The downside is that they are pronounced, but they’re easy to find, good indoors or outdoors, pretty cheap and sturdy, and mostly don’t require specialist tools.