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Last edited 28 Feb 2020
Fixing v fastener
|A latch to fasten the window in position.|
Fixings are designed to attach objects to surfaces such as walls, floors, roofs, doors, holding them in place, usually on a permanent basis. They are a form of connector and play an indispensable role in construction. Usually a fixing is key to attach a component to one that is larger or immovable, such as fixing a cupboard to a wall, or a handle to a door, or a timber joist to a wall plate. These instances will require the use of fixings such as screws, plugs, bolts and nails.
In contrast, fasteners tend to be for holding things together, often of a similar nature, and of a smaller- or lighter-scale. In stationary, examples of this would be paper clips and staplers, which are fasteners and hold together sheets of paper – but they are not said to ‘fix’ them together.
In construction, staples from a staple gun can fasten sheathing to timber studs. Window latches are fasteners (not fixings) as they fasten a window for security but can be adjusted for opening. If the doors and windows were fixed in place, they would not be able to open.
Whether something is a fixing or fastener is not always clear as it can depend on the application and also on the way speech is used: a nail can be used to fix fence boards to posts, but it can also fasten a joist into a joist hanger. Yet others may maintain that the joist is ‘fixed’ into position by the nail. Depending on the interpretation, the nail in this example is both a fixing and a fastener.
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