Fasteners & Adhesives

Learn about the effectiveness, strength, and durability of commonly used fasteners and adhesives.

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Lesson Plan

8 Video Lessons · 1H 53M

  • 1. Course Overview

    One of the most primary functions of building is making materials stick together—and stay that way. In this course you'll learn all about mechanical binding (nails, screws, and anchors) and chemical binding (adhesives) so you can build better structures that last longer.

  • 2. Nails

    Builders have used nails for more than 5,000 years. However, this most basic type of fastener comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, some best suited for structural frames and others used in finish carpentry work. Learn to use the right nail for the job.

  • 3. Screws, Bolts, and Anchors

    Threaded screws and bolts have more holding power than nails: their threads split in between wood fibers to grip the material more tightly. Jordan explains how they work.

  • 4. Drywall Anchors, Concrete Fasteners, and More

    From hanging mirrors on drywall to fastening wooden sills to concrete, there's a perfect fastener for nearly every situation. Learn which fasteners to use, when.

  • 5. Glue and Construction Adhesives

    Learn about the wide range of adhesives that power modern construction projects and the properties that describe the binding process: cohesion and adhesion. Just don't glue your fingertips together!

  • 6. Epoxy

    Epoxy adhesives can be used with a wide range of materials (wood, metal, plastic, masonry, and more) and in almost any situation where you need to stick two materials together (binding subfloors, gluing a detail to a larger structure, or reinforcing a fastener.)

  • 7. Tape

    Did you know that the windows of many skyscrapers are held to the building using double-sided tape? Learn about the incredible utility of different types of tape in construction.

  • 8. Adhesives Test: Lifting a Car

    In this bonus lesson, Jordan uses a telehandler to lift an old Buick off the ground with nothing but construction adhesive to hold it in the air. Will it hold?

Who it's for: This course is for those beginning in the trades, or those wanting to learn more about common fasteners and adhesives.

Key Topics

  • Determining the right nail to use

  • When to use drywall anchors

  • When to use concrete fasteners

  • When to use glue and construction adhesives

  • Different types of epoxy

  • Different types of tape and usage

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