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Why buy nuts, bolts, screws and other fasteners from FMW Fasteners?

FMW Fasteners has been in business since 1986, operating from Houston, Texas, spreading joy one nut and bolt at a time to trade and personal customers.

Our customers rate us as 5 stars on Trustpilot, commenting on the range and quality of our products, and our responsive customer service.

FMW Fasteners is a premier online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products and screws which allows us to offer competitive prices, with fast, no-cost or low-cost shipping.

FMW Fasteners ships to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories and APO/FPO addresses. Due to the additional fees and in some cases challenges associated with shipping to these special customer destinations, we may ask you to cover a portion of the shipping and handling costs.

Our promise is simple. We stock only premium, professional grade products by manufacturers you can trust. These brands include Strong-Point and Pole Gripper from Intercorp, HeadLOK, LedgerLOK, TimberLOK, ThruLOK and TrussLOK from FastenMaster, Strong-Drive and Strong-Bolt 2 from Simpson Strong-Tie and TEKS, Climaseal and Maxiseal from ITW Buildex.

We offer domestic manufactured A325, Grade 5, Grade 8 and L9 bolting products. These products will specifically indicate "Domestic USA" in their product descriptions. Unless specifically indicated as being domestic, our inventory is made up of products manufactured internationally in ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities. 

We’re proud of our no hassle return policy giving you peace of mind. If you’re not 100 per cent satisfied with your order, we will work hard to make sure you’re happy by either refunding your money, or arranging for another order to be delivered. All we ask is that you return the unwanted items unused and in the original packaging.

For regular customers, we run VIP Rewards which offers discounts. It’s our way of saying thank you for staying with us. We’ve kept the program simple. Spend $1, earn 1 point. On registering you immediately earn 200 points.

FMW Fasteners regularly asks customers what they think, not only about our product selection but also about things that impact them day to day.

Simpson TITEN HD Heavy Duty Screw Anchors

Simpson TITEN HD Heavy Duty Screw Anchors

Simpson TITEN HD® Heavy Duty Screw Anchor

Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors are fastening solutions used in masonry and concrete applications. These fasteners are known to offer incredible holding power, both in uncracked and cracked concrete. The Simpson TITEN HD® is also proven under both static load and seismic applications and can be used permanently in interior applications or temporarily in outdoor applications.

You’ll find that Simpson TITEN HD® screws anchors meet the highest quality benchmarks, including testing that adheres to ICC-ES AC 193, ACI355.2 and ICC-ES AC106 standards. Also, the Simpson TITEN HD® meets the fatigue testing standards outlined in ASTM E488.

Order your Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors in a number of different diameters, including 3/8, ½, 5/8 and ¾. For each diameter, you will find a wide range of length options. These diameter and length combinations help ensure you can always find the perfect Simpson TITEN HD® anchor for the job.

To give you as much information as possible as you make a decision on Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors, here’s a list of commonly asked questions and their answers.

What exactly Is a TITEN HD® Heavy Duty Screw Anchor?

The TITEN HD® is an application specific heavy duty screw anchor, designed for use in concrete and masonry and primarily in structural applications where performance in both uncracked and cracked concrete is a requirement.

These Simpson Titen HD screw anchors are manufactured to deliver the utmost in durability and quality. They are also specially designed to reduce the possibility of corrosion and to ensure that the fastener performs well over the long run. Any user who wants corrosion-free anchors will find these fasteners to be the ideal solution.

Who would typically use a TITEN HD® Anchor?

TITEN HD’s are extremely easy to use and don’t require any exotic tools for installation other than a standard drill so anyone from a DIY’er that needs to install into concrete for a backyard project to contractors that need to install structural anchor points in concrete, masonry or CMU block can use TITEN HD’s.

That’s one of the great benefits of choosing Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors — they are accessible to anyone. Whether you’re a contractor, construction professional or a do-it-yourself enthusiast taking on a weekend project, you want to do your best work and deliver high-quality, professional-grade results. With TITEN HD® Anchors from Simpson Strong-Tie, you can do just that, quickly and easily.

At FMW Fasteners, how are TITEN HD® Anchors sold?

We offer both small box quantities for the less involved jobs and larger bulk cartons for bigger projects. With this particular product coming packaged by the manufacturer, we sell based on SImpson’s packaged quantities.

You’ll find Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors available in a number of different quantities that are selected to meet the needs of the same customers Simpson Strong-Tie has been serving for 60-plus years.

What different types of TITEN HD® Anchors are there?

TITEN HD® anchors are available in both zinc plated carbon steel or mechanically galvanized carbon steel which is intended for some pressure-treated wood sill plate applications.

As with all Simpson Strong-Tie products, the Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors are designed to deliver long-term performance in even the toughest environments. Each of the different material and coating types are tested and manufactured to ensure they get the job done even under harsh conditions.

How long has FMW Fasteners been selling Simpson TITEN HD® Anchor systems?

We have been selling this particular anchor product since it was introduced by Simpson Strong-Tie in 2006.But the Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchor represents many more years of knowledge and expertise. Simpson Strong-Tie has been serving customers of all kinds for more than 60 years, and this particular project is the culmination of decades of experience and learning about what makes a high-quality fastener.

Are there any particular things to consider when using TITEN HD® Anchors?

There are many considerations with this product being an anchor product, but two major points to understand have to do with installation and the application environment.

  1. These anchors are recommended for permanent installation in dry, interior non-corrosive environments OR for temporary outdoor applications. Even the mechanically galvanized product is designed to comply with requirements specific to pressure treated lumber, not corrosion resistance. Make sure that you are clear on any corrosion resistance requirements before using this type of anchor product.
  2. A feature of this type of anchor product is that they are easily removable, so they are great for temporary applications like outdoor event tents or other types of temporary structures. They are NOT, however intended for multiple uses, they are a single use anchor. Repeated installation will result in excessive thread wear which in turn will reduce the load capacity and effectiveness of the anchor itself, so we always like to point out that even though these anchors are easily removable, they are still a single use anchor.

What Makes TITEN HD® Anchors Different Than Other Fasteners?

TITEN HD® Anchors stand out from the many other fastening options for three primary reasons:

  1. Design: These anchors represent the most innovative thinking and design in fastener development. The tips of these anchors include serrated threads that undercut concrete as the fastener enters the hole. This undercutting creates a path for the other threads to begin to interlock within the concrete. Hardened carbon steel is used in the construction of these anchors so they’re tough and durable enough for this cutting action.
  2. Construction: The carbon-steel material used to create these anchors is ideal for limiting the grooved cut during installation. If corrosion does occur, the limited mass reduces the chance of damage to the actual concrete. Other stainless steel anchors are constructed differently, often through welding the end of the anchor to a carbon segment. While this is a simple way to construct an anchor, it does leave the fastener prone to rust after installation. This rust leads to the rapid expansion of the fastener, which in turn leads to cracking and other damage to the concrete.
  3. Resistance: When you’re installing anchors in outdoor areas that are rainy or that are exposed to chemicals, corrosion is always a risk. These anchors blend undercutting performance with corrosion-resistant material to ensure the integrity of your fasteners and the project as a whole.

How Are Simpson TITEN HD® Screw Anchors Installed?

Install your Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors in five easy steps:

  1. Drill a pilot hole in the base material using a hammer drill with a carbide bit. Make sure your drill and bit meet ANSI standard and drill the pilot hole in the same diameter as the Simpson TITEN HD® you’re using. You’ll want to drill your hole at least a half-inch deeper than your screw anchor will extend.
  2. Clean away dust and debris from your pilot hole using compressed air. Your hole should be completely clear of this debris before you begin to install the Simpson TITEN HD®.
  3. Make sure your fixture hole and the hole in the base material are perfectly aligned and then insert the Simpson TITEN HD® into the fixture hole and through the base material.
  4. The head of the Simpson TITEN HD® should turn clockwise until the head of the anchor lands flush against the fixture. Never use an impact wrench to install a Simpson TITEN HD® into CMU that is also hollow.
  5. If you run into any trouble that prevents the Simpson TITEN HD® from landing flush against the fixture, remove the screw anchor and make sure all dust and debris have been cleared out of the pilot hole. When you try again, drive the Simpson TITEN HD® by hand to ensure no cross-threading occurs.

Why Is TITEN a Trusted Name?

TITEN HD® Heavy-Duty Screw Anchors are manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie, a company whose roots and experience date back to 1956. It was that year that a neighbor’s brother asked Barclay Simpson to help him create a fastener that would connect 2x4s to create a roof. More than 60 years later, Simpson Strong-Tie is a world leader in producing structural solutions like TITEN HD® Heavy-Duty Screw Anchors.

Not only does Simpson Strong-Tie focus on creating outstanding products, but they also emphasize putting customers and their needs above all else. Today, Simpson Strong-Tie remains committed to quality and innovation as well as serving the customer by doing what's best. Each fastener the company produces is designed, manufactured and delivered with the backing of 60-plus years of experience and service.

About FMW Fasteners

At FMW Fasteners, we emphasize two things above all else: 1) Delivering quality products, and 2) Doing whatever it takes to meet the unique needs of our valued customers.

That’s why we choose to include Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors in our selection. These fasteners are high-quality materials sold by a manufacturer that values their customers just as much as we do. We are committed to ensuring you get only the best of the best in fastening solutions, and Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors certainly fit that description.

We also like to ensure you have options when searching for different fastening solutions for your upcoming projects. That's why we offer a huge spectrum of other fasteners and fastener accessories and tools. We know your projects are too urgent for materials to be scarce or hard to come by, so we make our fasteners as accessible as possible.

You get everyday low prices when you choose FMW Fasteners. You also enjoy fast and affordable shipping, including free shipping on orders of $25 or more. You can order many of our products in any amount you like rather than in preset bulk quantities. And you can always return what you don't want or need at any time if the materials are still in like-new condition.

You want to do your best work and deliver quality results you can be proud of. We want to equip you with the materials needed to achieve those goals. Choose FMW Fasteners and you’ll find the Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors you need as well as a wide range of other fastening solutions that are all available at affordable prices and that can all be shipped quickly to wherever you’re doing your work.

Browse our selection of Simpson TITEN HD® screw anchors today.

Q&A: Carriage Bolt

Carriage Bolts

What exactly IS a carriage bolt?

Carriage bolts are an application specific fastener designed for use in carpentry, wood base materials and the construction of wood products. They get their name from their original purpose, which was in the construction of carriages and carriage wheels back in the early 1800s. They are easily identified by a dome shaped head and typically a square shaped neck although through the years several varieties now exist with other head and neck styles available.

Who would typically use a carriage bolt?

Carriage bolts are extremely common and their uses are so varied that most people have probably seen or used one at some point. Anyone involved in carpentry or wood construction will rely on carriage bolts frequently. Homeowners and DIYers will also frequently use carriage bolts in your typical home maintenance or repair project because they are so handy for use in wood. Because of their domed shaped head, carriage bolts offer a smooth, aesthetic appeal and provide some level of safety in backyard play equipment, wood decking, ornamental fencing as well as most styles of wood furniture.

At FMW Fasteners, how are carriage bolts sold?

At FMW we offer several different styles of carriage bolts and we sell them in any quantity you like. You can purchase sizes individually or in bulk. Currently we offer 4 different discount levels so that customers can take advantage of purchasing in bulk and even varying degrees of bulk. We don’t require someone to purchase 100 pieces or any type of minimum when they may only need 3 or 4 pieces for their specific application.

What different types of carriage bolts are there?

Over the years manufacturers have produced many different styles based on customer demand and specific applications. Dome or round head are the most common but flat head exist as well as with no neck, ribbed neck fins and short square neck versions. We currently offer carriage bolts in A307 Grade A (low carbon steel), Grade 5 (medium carbon steel) and 304 (18-8) stainless steel. All of our carriage bolt patterns are the standard dome or round head with a square neck above the shank. We offer A307 Grade A carriage bolts in both zinc and hot dipped galvanized platings.

How long has FMW Fasteners been selling carriage bolts?

Because carriage bolts are such a common product with such a wide range of uses, FMW Fasteners has been selling carriage bolts since the company was started in 1986. So the current inventory we offer as well as the styles we carry are based on 29 years of history with these products.

Are there any particular things to consider when using carriage bolts?

Two major things to always consider with carriage bolts are the environment in which they will be in service and the thread length requirements considering that the square neck takes up a certain portion of the shank. We always recommend hot dip galvanized or stainless steel carriage bolts for exterior applications, particularly here on the Texas Gulf Coast. When calculating the amount of shank needed to achieve a certain amount of thread pattern it’s also handy to note that our carriage bolts are fully threaded up to 6 inches. Any bolts with a shank longer than 6 inches will have 6 inches of thread. This makes calculating thread requirements on the fly easy as you can assume you will always have 6 inches of thread on the bolt. Wood species for pilot hole requirements is another one where you should always consider soft wood vs hard wood before pre-drilling for your carriage bolts.


Fastener Customers Reject 3D Printers For Future Supplies

Fastener Customers Reject 3D Printers For Future Supplies

HOUSTON, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/

According to the latest business survey from FMW Fasteners, customers are fairly clear they do not see 3D printers as a viable option to produce their future supplies.

Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to turn to 3D printing as an alternative to purchasing fasteners from specialists. With 30 percent unsure, only 10 percent were likely or very likely to see 3D printing as a viable option.

"These results surprised us," says Steve Baker, Marketing Director, FMW Fasteners.

"There’s a lot of noise around 3D printers so we thought it was prudent to gauge what our customers thought about them – whether they could foresee a future where they could create their own fasteners with their 3D printer. About 60 percent of our customers run their own business or are self-employed with 40 percent of purchases coming from DIY enthusiasts.

"Our results are a pretty definite ‘no’ from all our customers. Fasteners have got to be strong – they’ve got to be able to be robust enough to not fail under stress. Is plastic that strong and robust? Until we can see genuine strength from a fastener produced from a 3D printer, the trust will not be there to go ahead and mass produce.

"Our suppliers are the best in the business – trusted and quality assured. We think 3D printing is innovative and has immense potential in the medical and engineering fields, but with something as intricate as a fastener, the 3D printing market still has work to do."

Building & Construction Customers Optimistic About Economic Growth for the Rest of 2015

According to the latest business survey from FMW Fasteners, business customers are feeling more optimistic about future business growth in 2015 than in 2014.

Over the last six months, 56 per cent of business customers surveyed said that economic conditions had improved for them, but 31 per cent stated that the business environment had remained the same.

13 per cent felt that business conditions had deteriorated in the past six months.

When asked about business conditions over the next six months 65 per cent of customers said they believed conditions would improve and 25 per cent of customers said they would remain the same.

Only 10 per cent of customers believed conditions would deteriorate.

Business confidence is much higher among businesses in the building and construction trade. 59 per of those said business conditions had improved in the past six months and this increased to 73 per cent who believe there will be an improvement in the next six months.

But when self-employed tradesmen were asked, then the number remained at 51 per cent for an improvement in business conditions for the past six months and the next six months.

“I think there is a genuine optimism,” says Steve Baker, Marketing Director, FMW Fasteners. “When we talk to our customers about how their business is faring, we’re getting more stories of how order books are picking up – particularly as the housing market seems to be seeing an uplift. We’re seeing a marked change in DIY purchases too – we’re translating this as a signal that people are feeling a bit more settled after a period of financial austerity.

“With the Federal Reserve predicting continued moderate improvement and with GDP expected to grow 2.3% - 2.7% in 2015, we’re expecting a livelier fastener market for the remainder of the year. Our customers come to FMW Fasteners because we offer honest pricing of quality products with fast delivery and great customer service. It’s great that they’re feeling more positive.”

Full Survey Results

Q1 – Over the last 6 months, how would you say business conditions have been?

Improved considerably – 22.40%

Improved slightly – 33.88%

Remained the same – 31.15%

Deteriorated slightly – 9.29%

Deteriorated considerably – 3.28%

Q2 – In the last 6 months, how would you feel business conditions will be?

Improved considerably – 22.95%

Improved slightly – 42.08%

Remained the same – 25.14%

Deteriorated slightly – 8.20%

Deteriorated considerably – 1.64%

The survey was undertaken between February 24 2015 and March 15 2015 with 183 building and construction businesses choosing to participate.


To arrange a conversation please contact Steve Baker at or call 713-688-6021

Notes to editors:

FMW Fasteners, founded in 1986, is a premier online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products and screws. It stocks only premium, contractor grade products.

FMW offers trade and personal customers the best available products, at low prices, in a simple, easy to use interface, with low cost and no-cost shipping. 

FMW Fasteners HQ is based in Houston, Texas and is rated 5 stars by customers on Trustpilot.

Top sought after fastener in history is from the Apollo 11 Command Module say FMW

The top sought after fastener in history was used on the Apollo 11 Command Module, says FMW Fasteners.

Over 300 people were asked, if you could choose to have one souvenir fastener from history, which one would you choose?

The top three chosen were  the Apollo 11 Command Module (17 per cent); 1903 Harley Davidson (16 per cent) and a tie for third between the Space Shuttle Discovery and the 1927 Ford Model T (with 15 per cent each).

Next was The Mayflower (11 per cent); the 1903 Wright Flyer (11 per cent); the 1990 No 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR (5 per cent) and the Bell X1 (5 per cent).

So the hunt is now on to see who might have access to these Fasteners, and more importantly, are they prepared to donate one to a good cause.

Steve Baker, Marketing Director from FMW Fasteners said: ‘Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could get a couple of these fasteners and auction them off for a great cause. The idea came about when we saw that Ferrari was selling their GT Engine Fastener screws online in a handmade methacrylate sculpture that contain an original Maranello GT engine fastener screw.’

‘That set us thinking – if you could choose any fastener in history what one would mean most? And that’s where the list came from. Personally, I’d love to get hold of a 1903 Harley Davidson fastener. But all of them show the great pioneering and innovation spirit of our nation.’

The full results are:

1.       Apollo 11 Command Module – 16.89%

2.       1903 Harley Davidson – 15.86%

3=.     1927 Ford Model T – 14.90%

3=.     Space Shuttle – Discovery – 14.90%

5.       The Mayflower – 11.26%

6.       1903 Wright Flyer – 10.60%

7.       1990 No.3 Goodwrench Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR – 5.30%

8.       Bell X-1 – 4.64%


To arrange a conversation please contact Steve Baker at or call 713-688-6021

Notes to editors:

The survey was undertaken between February 24 and March 15 with 302 people choosing to participate.

Full survey results can be found at

FMW Fasteners, founded in 1986, is a premier online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products and screws. It stocks only premium, contractor grade products.

FMW offers trade and personal customers the best available products, at low prices, in a simple, easy to use interface, with low cost and no-cost shipping. 

FMW Fasteners HQ is in Houston, Texas. Rated 5 stars by customers on Trustpilot.