Where to Use Small Fasteners

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Small fasteners are pieces of metal rarely longer than three inches and with threads that allow them to hold two objects together in carpentry or concrete applications. The fastener will have a metalhead of usually less than half an inch and can either have a pointed tip or a flat tip. A small fastener with a pointed tip is a type of screw, while a fastener with a flat tip is a bolt. There are a few ways a do-it-yourselfer can use small fasteners with concrete. Here are some to consider.

Kitchen Cabinets

Concrete walls are popular in modern or loft-style homes. While they look great, they can pose a challenge when trying to mount items. Small fasteners can be used to install kitchen cabinets to concrete walls. Larger fasteners are required to hold the majority of the weight and to get the cabinets on the wall. The small fasteners can be used to distribute the weight and make sure the cabinet back is flush against the wall.


Another place to use small fasteners is to hang pictures on a concrete wall. A drill and a masonry bit are required to create a small hole in the wall first. Then a small fastener, like a specialized screw for concrete, can be placed in the wall. Then the picture can be hung without you having to worry about it falling, as long as the picture has proper hanging hooks or wires.

Decorative Shelves

Shelves on concrete walls that will be used to hold heavy objects, such as books or electronic gear, will need large fasteners, likely bolts, to properly support the weight of the contents, but a small shelf can be installed on a concrete wall using small fasteners as long as nothing heavy is placed on the shelves. Lightweight items that could work well on a small shelf include tealight candles, lightweight trinkets, or a phone.

Towel Bars

Small fasteners for concrete can be used to install a towel bar on a concrete wall. As long as the towel bar won't be holding more than 50 pounds, meaning as long as you don't use it as a support to get in and out of the tub or shower, small fasteners will do the job.

Downspout Brackets

Small fasteners can be effectively used outdoors to attach the downspout brackets into a wall to help keep the downspout in place. These types of fasteners will also work at attaching the brackets to brick or cement stucco.


Use small fasteners to install shutters to the exterior of your home to create a new look and enhance your home's architectural look.

Remote Control Boxes

Remote control boxes tend to be lightweight enough, so you'll rarely need a large- or medium-sized fastener. Small fasteners tend to be cheaper and will securely hold up the box on a concrete, wood, or brick wall.

Furring Strips

Furring strips are strips of wood or steel installed to a masonry surface to act as a nailing base for drywall installation. They're usually 5/8- to 1-inch thick and 1-1/2 inches wide and can often be installed to a concrete surface using small fasteners.