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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-05-2013, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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assembling sticks or stands

after reading about some bolt failures on climbing sticks, i thought i'd post the torque specs for 1/4 and 5/16 bolts, the most common sizes used in these products.

1/4-20 grade 2(no lines) 6 ft lbs
1/4-20 grade 5(3 lines) 7 ft lbs
1/4-20 grade 8(6 lines) 11 ft lbs

5/16-18 grade 2, 15 ft lbs
5/16-18 grade 5, 18 ft lbs
5/16-18 grade 8, 22 ft lbs

tightening bolts past their stated torque spec simply stretches the bolt, it doesn't make it tighter, it actually weakens it. even 22 ft lbs is really easy to overdo with a 1/2" wrench, and 6 or 7 ft lbs is honestly not much more than finger tight. if you're worried about nuts coming loose, replace them with self locking nuts and grade 8 bolts, but don't overtighten them.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-05-2013, 01:26 AM
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Re: assembling sticks or stands

Good advice.Like workin on engines,torque wrenches aren,t accurate like a stretch gage.
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Re: assembling sticks or stands

actually, i doubt most will use a torque wrench, and i'm not saying even that is actually nessessary. i just posted this to let folks know how little "ummph" is needed on those bolts. just snug with a locknut beats reeeally tight with a regular nut & lockwasher.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 12:30 AM
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Re: assembling sticks or stands

Probably need to cut the standard torque in half because the bolts are all made in China.

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