Standing in the hardware store, it’s easy to find the rows and rows of different washers confusing, especially if you’re a layman. They all start looking the same and appear to be the same size.
However, there are different types of washers. Each has its own function. And yes, size does count! Using the wrong sized washer can be disastrous.
Different Types Of Washers
When most people think of washers, they think of flat metal discs with a hole in the middle. You’d be right in thinking that this is a washer. You’d be wrong in thinking it’s the only type of washer there is.
Washers are categorized according to the function they must perform. A plain washer spreads the load ensuring there is no damage to the surface you’re attaching something against. A spring washer has axial flexibility.
Spring washers are used as part of fastener assemblies to prevent …