Known as the industry’s “bread and butter”, bearings are fundamental in keeping a piece of machinery or a product together. Bearings are simply mechanical assemblies that consist of rolling elements and usually used to regulate the motion and reduce the friction of a moving part. This helps in reducing the load that is placed on something.
The most basic type of bearing is the “plain bearing. This bearing is plain, on a flat surface without any balls or rollers. For instance, furniture drawers and other kitchen drawers have plain bearings that help them to glide in and out easily.
Spherical in shape, ball bearings have several round balls housed in them. They reduce friction by taking the axial and radial loads off a moving part. If you think that ball bearings are only used in industrial applications, then you are wrong! Daily items that you use in your home like bicycles, DVD players, washing machines, fans etc. all have ball bearings in them.
Roller bearings, similar to ball bearings- are designed to carry a load while minimizing friction. The only difference between the both is that roller bearings use cylindrical rolling elements, rather than balls, to maintain separation between the moving parts of the bearing. Although not used at home, roller bearings are used for aviation cargo systems, automobile industry, the agriculture industry, etc.
Hinges are used to join two parts together while allowing them to rotate relative to each other. Hinges are made up of two ‘leaves’. One leaf is attached to another with each of the parts being joined together. In usual circumstances, the leaves have holes so that a screw can pass through them. The middle of the hinge is occupied by a pin that forms a connects the two rotating parts. Commonly, hinges are used in doors. To apply a hinge all you have to do is:
Perhaps the most important of them all, a home cannot function without a lock. To keep your home safe and secure, you will need a lock. While you may be thinking that choosing a lock is not exactly time-consuming, it actually is.
When choosing a lock for your home, you need to spend a lot of time deciding on the lock that you want to use, is it a traditional one, or a steel lock, or a lock and key, or a technologically upgraded one. When it comes to locks, one can never think about it too much.