Versatile Uses of Wire Mesh

Wire MeshWire mesh is becoming more and more popular, in part, because it is fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products, as well as easy to work with. However, its versatility is also helping to increase its popularity. Wire mesh can be used for numerous commercial, residential, and construction projects. Here is a look at some of them.

Reinforce Concrete

One of the most popular uses for wire mesh is reinforcing concrete. It helps to make the concrete stronger and prevents cracks or failure of the structure. It is often used in concrete foundations, as well as in other structures like walls.

Roadbeds

Railroad companies often use wire mesh to make roadbeds. Essentially, this means it is used as foundation for laying the tracks.

Walkway Beds

Wire mesh can even be used in landscaping. It is often used as the foundation for a walkway.

Conveyor Belts

The conveyor belt may have changed the way American factories and plants did business, but wire mesh has helped to make the conveyor belt as effective as it is. The mesh helps strengthen the belt again wear and tear, as well as provides it with proper airflow.

Kitchen Appliances

Even some of your kitchen appliances may be made up of wire mesh. This is especially true if you use any type of strainers or filters.

Home Décor

Some people simply enjoy the aesthetics of wire mesh and use it in home décor and craft projects for the home. Some people even manufacture furniture out of it, particularly outdoor furniture. The furniture is durable and can withstand a number of elements.

Whether you work in the construction industry or you make furniture, you might want to consider using wire mesh as an inexpensive, versatile alternative to other products. To learn more about wire mesh and how to purchase it, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.


8 Common Uses for Hard-Drawn Wire

Electric postHard-drawn wire is so common and affordable that you might not realize that many objects you use every day are made from it. As a matter of fact, it is a part of almost every industry in the United States.  Essentially, it is steel that is drawn to the required diameter without any extra processing. It is used in low-stress applications and can be bent into whatever form, size, or strength is necessary. Here is a look at 8 common uses for hard-drawn wire.

  1. Shopping Carts
    If you have ever pushed a shopping cart at your local grocery store, it was most likely made from hard-drawn steel or a combination of hard-drawn steel and plastic. The owner of Piggly Wiggly came up with the idea in 1937, and the American public has used them ever since.
  2. Baskets
    Many metal baskets are also made from hard-drawn steel, particularly the handheld ones offered in many retail and grocery stores. Like with shopping carts, because the steel is inexpensive, it is easy and not too costly to make them in large quantities.
  3. Car Parts
    Some parts of your car or vehicle may be made from hard-drawn steel, particularly springs used in the automotive industry. The price of the steel may even help keep the price of vehicles from climbing to unaffordable numbers.
  4. Hooks
    Whether you hang them on your wall or use them to fish with, most hooks are made from hard-drawn steel. They must be strong enough so that they do not bend with something hangs or is caught on them.
  5. Sewing Needles and Safety Pins
    Just like hooks, most basic sewing needles, as well as straight pins and safety pins, are made from hard-drawn steel. Again, it allows them to be mass-produced, and this is why you can buy a pack for a couple of dollars.
  6. Hair Accessories
    If you use any kind of metal hair accessories, like bobby pins or plastic clips with metal springs, they are most likely made from hard-drawn wire. Women have been using bobby pins to hold their hair in place since the late 19th century.
  7. Overhead Transmission Wire
    Next time you drive down the street, take a look up at the telephone or electric transmission wires overhead. Yes, they are usually made from hard-drawn wire, as well.
  8. Shelving
    Metal shelving is great for commercial and industrial use, but most stores do not want to pay much for study fixtures. That’s why they often choose shelving made from hard-drawn wire. Some other metal furniture is made from it, too.

If you are in the market for versatile, inexpensive hard-drawn wire, call Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.


Why Chrome Silicon is Great for Springs

If you need a type of steel that can handle any type of extreme, you may want to choose chrome silicon. It is usually used to make springs for items like firearms, race cars, and other high-performance vehicles. Here is a look at why:

It Can Withstand High Temperatures

Some types of steel might be more durable or can withstand stress, but they can only be used in certain temperatures. Chrome silicon works in both extreme heat and cold. For example, when a gun is fired, it gets hot and can even cause first degree burns if handled improperly. Its parts, including the chrome silicon springs, need to be able to withstand this kind of sudden temperature change. The same thing happens when a race car is driven around a track over and over again. The engine heats up, and all parts connected to it must be able to withstand that extreme heat.

It Can Withstand High Stress and Impact  

In addition to extreme temperatures, chrome silicon can also withstand the stress and impact associated with products like guns and race cars. Unlike high-carbon steel, it absorbs shock and impact associated with these items. This can also help cut back on unwanted and unnecessary noise and vibration.

Purchasing Chrome Silicon

Because it often performs when other types of steel won’t, chrome silicon is not always readily available at some supply companies. However, Atlanta-based Madison Steel has the resources and the logistics to get it to you as soon as you need it. Give them a call today at 404-343-4855.

 


What is Rebar?

Iron gridRebar is the word used for reinforcing steel bars used on structures made of concrete, brick, and other types of materials. The rebar, made of high-carbon steel, protects the structure’s materials from weather and extreme temperatures.  Rebar often has a ridged surface so that it better adheres to the masonry or concrete. Sometimes it is used in cross patterns for extra support. It can be used as primary or secondary reinforcement or for aesthetic purposes.

How to Avoid Rust Corrosion

Because rebar is usually not tempered, it can rust and corrode unless it is embedded deep into the brick or concrete, though not too deep. This is usually caused by weather, water, salt, and other elements, and it will eventually lead to cracks in the concrete. Over time, the rusting and cracking will cause the structure to fail. So how do you avoid this type of rust corrosion?

In a situation where rust may become a problem, a different type of rebar material may be used, such as low carbon or chromium, galvanized, or stainless steel. They often cost more, but the expense outweighs the risk in the long run. Epoxy-covered steel may also be used. In this case, extra care is taken when handling the bars because any type of damage could lead to corrosion over time.

Need Rebar?

If you are in need of rebar steel for your building project, Madison Steel, a global leader in the steel industry, can help. They offer a wide variety of products, including steel bars used for rebar, at competitive prices. To learn more, contact their offices at 404-343-4855.

 


5 Benefits of Using Oil-Tempered Wire

Cold-drawn and heat-treated, oil-tempered wire is used in a variety of applications. The process of oil-tempering it, essentially allowing it to cool after it is heated and then reheating it, makes it strong and durable, yet easy to bend. For this reason, it is often used to make springs for a variety of products.

  1. It Supports Heavy Equipment
    The springs in equipment like vehicles and garage doors are often made from oil-tempered wire. This is due to the fact that it is strong, yet flexible. It also absorbs impact and reduces noise and vibration.
  2. It is Easy to Handle
    Despite its durability, oil-tempered wire is easy to work with. You can bend, coil, or cut it without it becoming brittle, fatigued, or damaged.
  3. It is Inexpensive
    Oil-tempered wire is, perhaps, one of the least expensive wires on the market. This means it can be used on projects that require mass production or large quantities without driving up the prices in the end.
  4. It is Common
    Because it is so inexpensive and versatile, oil-tempered wire is also widely available. Most steel suppliers have it on hand and ready for purchase at all times.
  5. It is Durable
    The other reason why oil-tempered wire is often used in products like garage and warehouse doors or vehicles is that it’s built to last despite repetitive use.  It does require some stress-relief before use, but in exchange, it can last for years without breaking down.

If you are in need of oil-tempered wire, Madison Steel can help. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, they have been providing the international community with steel products for over three decades. Give them a call today at 404-343-4855.


8 Different Types of Steel Wire

Metal cable on a spoolSteel wire is an extremely useful and versatile material that can be found in many things you use everyday in the home, as well as in the car you drive. Steel wire is also useful in commercial, industrial and military applications—for cleaning, for spring-loaded devices, for reinforcing, for structural integrity, and even for making music.

However, not every piece of wire can be used for everything. Steel wire is manufactured to different levels of strength, elasticity and thickness for different purposes. Here’s a quick overview of 8 common types of steel wire.

MUSIC WIRE

Named for its use in piano strings, music wire could be considered the “work horse” of steel wire. Its high carbon content makes it a strong, durable, all-around wire that is excellent for high levels of stress and repeated loads (for example, in springs or surgical equipment).

OIL TEMPERED WIRE

Similar in structure to music wire, oil tempered wire is usually drawn to thicker diameters, then heated and “quenched” with oil to make it both strong and flexible. This wire is also used for spring applications, such as garage door springs.

BROOM WIRE

Most commonly used in the brushes of street cleaners, broom wire is usually a strong, high-carbon wire that is galvanized or PVC coated to endure repeated friction.

DUCT WIRE

This is a flexible coated wire that is commonly used to provide structure and flexibility, such as with heating and air ducts that have to curve around corners while retaining their shape.

HARD-DRAWN WIRE

This is steel wire that has simply been drawn to a certain diameter without any additional treatment or tempering. It’s a good all-around wire for bending into wire forms or springs, but it is unable to endure high amounts of stress the way music wire does. It’s frequently used in products like metal baskets, shopping carts, safety pins, and some auto parts.

CHROME SILICON WIRE

This steel alloy wire is cold-drawn and heat-treated to be exceptionally strong, able to withstand shock and high-impact loads that the typical wire spring could not withstand. It’s an excellent choice for recoil springs in guns or in high performance vehicles.

LOW CARBON STEEL WIRE

High carbon content makes steel strong, but at the expense of flexibility. For applications where the wire needs to bend more easily, (like low-stress springs or coat hangers) low carbon steel is a better option.

PATENT WIRE

Patenting refers to a specific treatment process by which steel wire is heated and quenched to make it stronger and more durable. Patent wire is useful for high tension applications and for wire rope.

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Uses For Duct Wire

The inside of electrical cableSteel wire is often valued for its strength and tensility, but sometimes these characteristics aren’t what you need in a steel wire. Sometimes the malleability of steel is more important than its strength; sometimes you simply need it to provide basic structure and flexibility, like duct wire.

Consider the duct you use on your clothes dryer, which vents the hot air of the dryer to the outside. Dryer ducts often need to bend in order to fit in tight spots or around corners, yet they need to remain open so as not to obstruct the air flow. This is a great example of how duct wire is used. It provides a skeletal structure around which the outer membrane is stretched so it can bend without crimping.

Understandably, duct wire is designed for low-impact applications, and is not recommended for high-stress or heavy weights. Duct wire is manufactured to bend, not to resist—for flexibility rather than strength. Thus, duct wire is useful anytime you need a flexible duct, as well as anytime you need a steel wire that can bend without crimping.

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What Is Music Wire?

Inside of a pianoThe term “music wire” must seem an odd term when it comes to steel products. The name is derived from only one of its many possible uses (namely, piano strings), but in fact, music wire is a versatile and affordable type of steel wire that is useful in a number of different high-stress applications.

HOW IT’S MADE

Music wire is made from steel with a high carbon content, which serves to strengthen and harden the steel. The steel is pulled through a die to form a thin wire (a process called “cold drawing” since it is done at room temperature), then heat-tempered to patent specifications. The end product is a wire that can endure high amounts of tension and stress repeatedly without losing its strength or elasticity.

WHY IT’S USEFUL

Let’s think about music wire again in its original context: piano strings. (Sometimes it’s even called piano wire.) The strings on a piano are stretched across a cast iron frame and stretched to an insane amount of tension. Then they are struck repeatedly with hammers attached to the piano keys to make sound. Yet, under normal circumstances, the piano strings will stay in tune for long periods of time. This is a good example of why music wire is useful: it can basically take a beating under huge amounts of stress without losing its consistency

WHAT IT’S USED FOR

Because of its tensile properties, music wire can be used for a wide number of personal, commercial and industrial purposes. Aside from its use in pianos, this wire is most frequently bent into springs for high-tension applications because it can bear repeated heavy loads. (For example, music wire is often used in spring-loaded windows.) It is also used for fishing lures, cheese slicers, crafts and hobbies, surgical tools, and so on. For pretty much anything that requires a steel wire able to endure repeated loads and high stress, music wire is an excellent choice.

LIMITATIONS

While music wire is highly versatile, it is not indestructible. It can endure heavy loads, but it can give way under “shock” loads—that is, sudden, high-impact levels of stress. Also, temperature extremes can affect its ability to perform, so it isn’t recommended in situations of extreme heat or cold. However, its ability to remain strong under stress makes music wire a great all-around choice.

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