What is a Plastic Collated Nail?
A plastic collated nail is a type of nail which consists of two pieces of metal (usually steel) with one piece being smaller than the other. The smaller piece is called the “head” and is plastic. The larger piece is called the “shank” and is metal. The “head” is glued to the “shank” with a type of glue which is water-resistant.
The “head” and the “shank” are not actually collated. The term “collated” refers to a mechanism in a tool which can automatically feed these pieces into the tool. In fact, these two pieces are not even put together at the time of manufacturing. They are instead put in cardboard boxes and sold to distributors, who later package them into boxes for sale in stores. The two pieces only get attached together when a person buys the nails and uses them in a nail gun. The person first needs to put the nail into their nail gun, and then pull the trigger to shoot the head and the shank through a piece of wood. There are many different types of nail guns, each one working with different sizes and types of nails. The most common type of nail gun is a framing nail gun. A framing nail gun is used to shoot framing nails, which are typically long and thick.
What Are Plastic Collated Framing Nails?
Plastic collated framing nails are special types of nails used in specific types of nail guns. Framing nail guns are heavy-duty tools used to shoot long nails into pieces of wood. They are typically used in construction to frame buildings. They are usually big and bulky, and require two hands to operate.
Many types of framing nails exist, but the most common are “plastic collated framing nails”. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as many types of framing nails are not collated. Paper collated framing nails are the main competitor to plastic collated framing nails.
History Of Plastic Collated Framing Nails
The history of plastic collated framing nails is relatively short. In fact, it is only about 50 years long. Paper collated nails existed before plastic collated nails, but did not become popular until plastic collated nails were developed.
In the early 1960s, a man named John Matthews was working for a company called Western Tools. Western Tools had noticed success with metal collated nails, which were starting to become popular. These nails were metal, but were not bent. To make them fit in a tool’s collation, machines had to bend them.
This did not always work well, and many nails were bent at awkward angles. Western Tools wanted to create a similar product for plastic collated nails. This would involve gluing plastic to metal in a way which would be water resistant. At the time, plastic was a new and emerging technology. It was only starting to enter the market as a viable product. In fact, Matthews did not even have much experience with it. He was a metal worker by trade and had no experience with plastic.
Development started slowly. The first step was making a mould for the plastic. This included a series of cylinders, which were then heated to very high temperatures. At first, the plastic simply would not stick to the metal mould.
Matthews tried everything he could think of, but nothing worked. It seemed like the only option was to try a different type of plastic, so he started to work with acrylic instead. This was a more expensive alternative, but his assumption was that it would work better. It still didn’t work. In fact, it ended up being a very expensive failure, as the acrylic became fused to the cylinders. It couldn’t be removed, and he would have to make a new mould. This setback set him back about a month.
The second mould worked much better, but it still wasn’t right. The plastic did not want to snap into place. It took some time, but Matthews managed to get the process down. He used a wooden hammer to gently tap the plastic into place.
Even then, the process was far from perfect. It still didn’t want to stick to the metal mould, so he had to use clamps and all his strength to hold the plastic in place while the cylinders were heated. The first few nails that came out of the mould were malformed and non-uniform. It looked nothing like a nail. It looked more like a long piece of melted plastic. However, as time went on, he managed to improve the process.
He had to experiment with different types of plastic. Some were too brittle and would not work at all. Others worked well, but would not hold up to common tools. Over several months, he managed to create a plastic that was strong and durable.
It was also the perfect shape and size of a framing nail. He called this process “Viscoating” because it involved viscosity, which is the science of liquids and flow.
The new product looked exactly like metal. Consumers did not even notice a difference. The nails worked exactly like metal nails, just like he intended. Western Tools was very pleased with his work, and he had earned himself a new job with a higher salary.
Soon, his product was shipped all over the world. He made sure to keep up with new developments in the nail industry. Over the years, he managed to improve his original design and invent many new products. His company became very successful, and he became very rich. He married his high school sweetheart, and they lived happily ever after.
This is the story of how Nick Mathews, developed the first plastic collated nail.
Chapter 3: The History of the Plastic Comb
The history of the plastic comb is a long and fascinating one. The comb, as we know it today, has been used by humans for hundreds of years.
Before the plastic comb, people used animal bones and tortoise shells to keep their hair neat and orderly. The very first “combs” were simply animal bones that had been chewed down by dogs or other animals. These were used by cavemen and cavewomen all throughout prehistoric times.
The first real “combs” weren’t much different than the plastic ones we have today. A single row of teeth was embedded into a handle made out of wood or bone. This design was revolutionary, and it changed the way humans looked forever.
For many years, combs remained small and portable, but around the seventeenth century, they became longer and thinner. The new combs were often made with a mixture of bone and oak. In the eighteenth century, people started using more decorative materials such as tortoise shells and rare types of wood. Many combs from this period had intricate detailing along the teeth.
During the nineteenth century, metal barrels were incorporated into the designs for strength and durability. By the twentieth century, plastic combs became common. Today, we use many different types of combs for different purposes.
Chapter 4: The History of Hair Care
Dating back to ancient Egypt, people have been using different products and tools to style and care
Sources & references used in this article:
- Non-flagging collated nail strip (LS Shelton – US Patent 4,836,372, 1989 – Google Patents)
- Package of collated fasteners (GR Perkins – US Patent 3,861,527, 1975 – Google Patents)
- Nail stack (LS Shelton, DG Boigk, WL Gabriel – US Patent 4,343,579, 1982 – Google Patents)