Wednesday, 14 April 2010

collated screws

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Words are, indeed, all around us. There I was, driving along Heidelberg Road and a huge sign caught my attention. Collated screws. What is a collated screw?

Wait a minute... If you collate some pages, you join them together. So I wasn't surprised to discover that collated screws are stuck together in a band so they can be used in a screw gun.

Here's a photo from flickr. I wish I could post it here, but the rights are reserved.

Basically it comes from a Latin word that means to bring together.

And now I'm wondering if it's possible to buy collated nails...

Yes, and here they are.

It's always good to know how to use new words. Next time I'm chatting to a builder or a plumber, or even a carpenter - maybe - I'll be able to hold up my end of the conversation.