Care Steps for Thread Gages

The pitch is the distance between a fastener's threads. A gage aids in correctly identifying screws or bolts that will be used for fastening purposes and can prevent the purchase of materials that won't be the proper size for an application that is going to involve securing two or more materials together. Proper use and storage are essential in preventing inconsistencies in the manner in which a thread gage works.

Clean And Dry A Gage

A thread gage may possess an oblong shape, a series of holes, and printed markings. Thread gages are typically constructed of metal. The markings and the metal are susceptible to damage, especially if this type of tool is left in a moist area or is being stored near a work area that is going to require the use of heavy materials and sharp tools.

If moisture is left on a gage's surface, corrosion may lead to the integrity of the metal being compromised. Dirty substances and gouges can alter the manner in which a measurement is taken, resulting in errors and difficulty with using a gage.

Before and after each use of a gage, an end user should ensure that the tool is clean and dry. Gloves should be worn while cleaning the tool since the oils on the skin can affect the cleanliness of a gage.

Prevent Rust And Store A Gage

During the use of a gage, metal components should never be forced through the holes that run along a gage's surface. Upon completing a fastener analysis, a user should inspect both sides of a gage. A rust preventative material may have been applied to the tool when it was manufactured.

A thin wax coating will eventually wear down, resulting in the need for another application of an anti-rust material. Rust inhibitors include sprays, gels, and waxes. A spray should be applied in a ventilated area. Both sides of a gage should be treated and plenty of drying time is needed.

For a gel or a wax, an inhibitor can be brushed on or a gage can be dipped into the product. If a dipping method is used, a lint-free cloth should be used to remove excess gel or wax. Once the inhibitor has dried, a gage can be stored in the factory bag that the product came in or a plastic bag that seals. A gage should always be stored in a dark, dry area.

For more information, contact a thread gage supplier.