You know what a screw is, right! Effective fasteners which help keep two components together. The fastening is done through threads which are present both on the screw body as well as inside the screw point/plank. You also must have noticed that constantly removing the screws will after some time wear down the threads. This makes these screws useless and irrespective of how much you tighten it, they simply won’t stay put. Is there a solution to these worn down threads? Can you actually make those screws effective as before? What if I say, yes? Well, experts state- “HSS taps and dies are your tools!”
So what are these thread dies and taps?
These taps and dies ensure a simple and fast mode of cutting into internal and external metal threads. One industrial worker who makes a living by carrying out threading metals and machines say-
“I would personally prefer a tap and die set to cut into small diameters such as screw rather than making use of screw-cutting lathes. It helps me get the accurate measurements and also allows me to finish off my daily tasks sooner.”
So what is the right way of deciphering taps and thread dies? Keep on reading to know!
Taps are tools which are used to cut into the inner part of the hole more like creating the female surface functioning like a nut. These are cylindrical and sleek and that allows it to create the threads from within. You have to use your tap with a T-wrench or a T shaped device within which you will fit in the tap head.
As for its counterpart, dies are tools which are used to create threads on the exterior like creating the male surface more as the bolt. They create these threads on a perforated cylindrical rod. Another important for you to remember is dies are not used to creating new threads. They are turned using a wrench or shifter spanner.
So there is your taps and dies deciphered.
“You may have the best tools in the world, but your work efficiency is determined by the way you actually put them to use…” A quote which fits here nicely! Agree? So how do you make use of these HSS taps and dies?
Let truth be said: you won’t be able to do it right at the first time. It takes a bit of practice to learn.
In case of thread taps –
The first thing you have to ensure is that your tap and die are of the same size. But you don’t have to pester your brain cells into that as most sets will have marked pairs which relate with one another.
As that is done, you have to oil your tap up just to lessen its friction and easily go into the metal. Simply clamp the metal component into a work bench using a C clamp.
Taking the tap handles, rest it on the tap rod and start turning. Just keep it till threads appear on the metal surface.
In case of thread dies –
The primary thing which you have to do is rest the die over the screw, rod or bolt into a bench vise having a bevel end which faces upwards. Make use of oil to lubricate the screws, metal rods and also the bolts.
Once you have placed your die properly over your bolts, or rods, keep turning using your hands. You have to ensure that the die is kept straight at all times as that will ensure your threads to come out nicely. Keep turning till you get your desired length of the thread.
To release the die, you have to turn it in the opposite direction.
These are the steps which you need to follow and once you get the hand of it, things will get easier with every operation.
One last word I would share, when you purchase HSS taps and dies, you should ensure that you choose a reputed online firm. You should opt for a company which also hosts numerous tap and die options. They must also make it a point to inspect each of their tools and meet all production standards before making it available for purchase. Hopefully now you know what to do with a stripped screw or bolt.