I bought one of those little kit trailers, what you can get for about
350 dollars, with a 4x8' bed, for a one time use, and some little uses
aftewrads. From Harbor Freight that carries 990 pounds they say. I
only need to carry less than 100.
Assembling it today, I noticed that they depend on nuts with nylon
inserts to keep the nuts from coming all the way off. They depend on
tightening them tighlly to keep them from coming loose.
Is that enough or should I put split ring lock washers under each nut.
Or would it be better, just as good, to put jamb nuts on the bolts
that are long enough.
IIRC the instructions say in one place to check that the nuts are
tight after 100 miles, which seems like a good idea, but in another
place I think it said every 100 miles!!!!!
Yes even if they come loose they won't vibrate off and allow
disconnection. Built a custom motorcycle when I was a kid. Would not use
anything else but those. They were also used by the original manufacturer
before I chopped it.
When I would build the shelving racks in my service vans, I always used
split ring lock washers and lock-tite, but due to the constant vibration,
it was a never ending battle to keep things tight. On the last two vans I
set up, I had discovered the nylon lock nuts, and nothing has ever come
I have heard from several authoritative sources that lock washers
really don't do much more than a properly torqued nut and flat washer
alone. The Nylocks are definitely an improvement. Anymore I only use
the split washers where they were originally used to keep an original
look but if I am building something from scratch I use either Loctite
Nylon lock nuts came from the aircraft industry to solve the problem of nuts
loosening due to prop engine vibrations. Always used them when I made model
airplanes. Painting the threads after the nut is tight with finger nail
polish is a good idea as a backup as well or use a product such as locktite.
My experience with Nylocks is this:
They are good for some applications. They are not good for others. They
are a one time use thing, as once they are run on and off one time, the
holding power is diminished a lot. I know they make them in all sizes up to
double jumbo, but for something I really want to know is going to stay put,
I'd prefer personally to use lock washers or even double nutting with a jam
nut. I have yet to have a jammed jam nut come loose. OTOH, like you, I
have had new Nylocks loosen up soon after installation. IIRC, there is a
nut called a castle nut that has a small crimp in it, and fits tight tight
tight on installation and is dependable not to work loose, and if it does
not loosen, it won't just vibrate off once it gets just so loose. The
crimps keeps a grip on the bolt, and cannot be taken off without a wrench.
Just my two pennies, your mileage may and probably does vary.
Castle nuts have notches in them and are used with cotter pins. You're
thinking of an interference nut which is deformed by several crimps and
produces a tight fit. These don't work any better or worse than the
nylocks, both will have reduced friction with repeated
installation-removal cycles, and both resist continued loosening if they
do come loose since they have friction. Conventional nuts and
lockwashers have no friction once they loosen past the point of
compressing the lockwasher and will continue to loosen until they fall
off. For positive locking use the castle nuts and cotter pins.
The key difference between the nylock nuts and a conventional nut with a
lockwasher is that while either one may work loose from the tight state,
after that point, the nylock will stay put on the bolt, while the
conventional nut and lockwasher have no retention after the compression
of the lockwasher is lost and will continue to turn with vibration until
the nut completely falls off.
Another key application for nylock nuts is that they can be left
slightly loose for those instances where you want to allow for
movement such as at pivot points. You can obtain a snug fit so things
aren't flopping around, but you can still move the parts.
All steering assemblies and some brake assemblies on official All
American Soap Box Derby cars use nylock nuts for this very purpose. In
fact, by rule, the steering assemblies require *two* nylock nuts on
the same bolt. Talk about overkill!
re: Nothing is too safe for our kiddies. They should require 3!
Right, and then put an 8 YO in a plastic car going up to 30 MPH with a
3 x 3 rubber pad that drags on the road as a brake.
Trust me, 2, 3, or even 6 nylon nuts on the steering assembly kingpin
will not make the car any safer since that part of the car has never,
ever been the cause of an accident.
Let me put it this way...I am building an airplane and using the nylon
insert nuts for most applications with a few critical exceptions where
only a castle nut and cotter pin is acceptable. I don't use and
wouldn't even consider using lock washers on anything. On the nylon
insert lock nuts I add a dab of bright colored paint across the thread
and onto the nut in one small area. This will give a visual clue if
the nut should move following installation.
PS: If you are really into the belt and suspenders approach, there
are castle nuts with nylon locking inserts as well.
When building a plane, if the screw or bolt is important enough to
have any lock washer it is important to make sure you use one that
won't come loose. If you consider that silly, do your wife and all of
us on the ground a favor and don't build yourself an airplane.
Now is that what I said or did you take it out of context knowing full
well that my comments were in reference to the aircraft? You knew but
you just couldn't resist making a stupid comment since you had nothing
constructive to add. Now take you stupid comments and put them where
they belong. As for lock washers, no I would not use them any
application where safety was an issue. I have had too many of the
work loose to rely on them.
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