Category Archive: GENERAL

Hardware Stores Have Always Been The Place to Shop

It used to be that hardware stores were the place you went when you needed some nails, or maybe some plumbing tools to fix that leaky faucet.

Over the years, hardware stores have evolved into places where customers can shop for items ranging from large appliances, lighting fixtures, as well as items for your yard and garden. You can even sit down with a designer to build that custom kitchen or bath of your dreams.

But, one of the best aisles to browse is still the aisle that has all the nails, screws, snap hooks, pulleys and other small but irreplaceable hardware “treasures.”

Just think, if you’re a farmer, what would you do if your hardware store no longer carried essentials like panic snaps or all-purpose snaps for your livestock? Or, what about rope and chain hardware and other rigging equipment?

Because Henssgen Hardware is only about 30 miles away from the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in the country, we know there are dozens of horse farms – not to mention, the racetrack itself – that are in constant need of equine hardware. People who’ve worked in horse-racing and other equestrian industries know how important it is to have quick and easy access to horse panic snaps in durable and non-corrosive materials such as die cast zinc, steel, malleable iron and brass. It’s also important to always have an adequate supply on hand of other types of snaps, which are terrific for fixing crossties, leads and other stable equipment.

Hardware stores are not the go-to place for just farmers, horse people, or people who work in the trades. They are also a great place to find unique and eclectic DIY solutions for your home, your storage shed and your garage.

About a year ago, we showed our readers how to use S Hooks to organize clothes closets, hang up pieces of jewelry, as well as using them in your basement, garage and potting shed. Another article showed readers how to use snaps, rings, clips and snap hooks for both art and functionality.

So, the next time you’re browsing through the “large appliance” section of your local hardware store, don’t forget to take a trip down the aisles that contain the “nuts and bolts” of the hardware world.

Henssgen Hardware has been a supplier of quality rigging hardware, snap hooks, S hooks, pulleys, chain hardware and many other items for Farm, Marine, Sport, and Industrial Supply Stores since 1978. We are proud to be family-owned and operated, and we offer only the highest quality hardware, the best customer services and the most competitive pricing. Call us at 1-800-833-9598, or contact us online. And, while you’re there, check out our user-friendly online product catalog that lists our amazing selection of industrial rigging hardware.

Are you ‘Out of Your Element?’

Fun Facts About Brass!

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and is known for its resilience, strength, and high quality. It has been around and in use since ancient times, as both a decorative and utilitarian material. Changing the ratios of copper and zinc when producing brass will result in a material with different coloring and different properties.

brassDid you know that our neighbor to the East, Waterbury, CT, was once known as the most important center of brass production in the country? During the 1800s and well into the 20th century, foundries in Waterbury produced brass for buckles, buttons, and other decorative items. In addition to producing pipes and pipe fittings and many other materials in high demand during both peace and war.

The American Brass Company, Griggs & Smith, Randolph & Clowes – to name a few – were among the giants of the Connecticut brass industry. During the Civil War, all the brass buttons and buckles that went on the uniforms of both the Yankees and the Confederates were produced at the foundries in Waterbury.

Brass is an important alloy, because of its strength, resilience and high quality. It is widely used on craft, fashion and decorative items, like women’s purses, handbag and luggage clips, snaps and snap hooks, as well as in fashion jewelry, belt buckles and shoe buckles. Unlike other metals, it is more malleable and holds up better under pressure.

And, it can hold up to the elements. In addition to its uses for fashion and decorative items, it is used widely in marine, plumbing, and harness industries.

Zinc – A Ubiquitous Element

Listed as Zn on the periodic table of elements, Zinc has an atomic number of 30 and is important to plants, people, and animals. Traces of zinc can be found in certain foods, as well as in dietary supplements. The human body needs a certain amount of zinc every day to maintain proper health and optimal functioning.zinc

Zinc is an ingredient in many cold remedies, and some studies indicate that it may be useful in reversing heart disease and fighting cancer. Zinc plays an important role in hormonal balance, it boosts immunity, and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

You’ve no doubt heard of zinc-oxide. It’s that stuff you put on your nose to block the harmful UV rays from the sun. Well, zinc is also the primary ingredient in hot-dip galvanizing of steel to protect it from the elements and prolong its life. So, in different forms, it protects human skin and steel – pretty cool, huh?

Because of its protective qualities and lower pricing than brass, zinc-coated steel products, such as snaps, hooks, clips and pulleys are used regularly in the dairy and farming industries.

Whether your business requires brass, zinc, stainless steel or malleable iron, Henssgen Hardware supplies only the highest quality products. Visit us online and view our catalog for a complete product guide and pricing.

Why We’re EDI-Compatible. And Why Our Customers Should Care!

While it hasn’t been around for quite as long as the wheel, EDI has been and continues to be an important tool for businesses looking to establish and maintain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Simply defined, EDI – which stands for Electronic Data Interchange – is the capability to send and receive business documents electronically and in a specific format. The ability to send and receive Purchase Orders, Sales Orders, Invoices, Shipping Notifications and Receipts, Contracts – the list goes on – gives trading partners the ability to interface rapidly, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. This is critical in the realm of rapidly flowing commercial transactions.

When it was first introduced, EDI was used mainly by just the very large companies. As EDI has become ubiquitous, the costs of software or hosting platforms is now something that small and mid-sized companies can afford. In fact, not to do so means risking losing the opportunity to grow and expand your company’s reach.

Henssgen Hardware Corporation, which is a family owned and operated business serving customers for more than thirty years, is excited about what this means for our customers. We can now interface in a more rapid, efficient and – above all – a more cost effective manner. We have partnered with True Commerce, which supports and integrates with all of the most popular ERPs, which means that we are probably already compatible with your EDI systems.

EDI also interfaces directly with most Quickbooks programs, which means another step saved for our customers and our own accounts department. In fact, True Commerce is rated as “preferred for Quickbooks,” and it is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

In other words, our EDI system enables Henssgen Hardware to easily connect with virtually any trading partner.

So, when considering who you want to do business with, consider how Henssgen’s new EDI capabilities can enhance the trading partner relationship, saving time, money and probably also saving some headaches.

From Fashion to Function – 10 Unique Tips for Snap Hooks, Rings, Snaps, and Clips!

Whether you are a worshipper of the summer sun or a sultan of the snow, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is nothing quite like fall in the Adirondacks. For just a few weeks, this already famous place becomes a breathtaking showground of breathtaking reds, bright oranges, and brilliant yellows. Hunting is a favorite pastime in the Adirondacks, and avid hunters love our rigging hardware for use with hunting accessories and tools.

While our new and returning customers already know that we are #1 in the business for boating hardware, horse hardware, and an abundance of industrial rigging applications, we thought we would share with you some of the unique, fun, and clever ways some of our customers have used our versatile products!

    1. Our customer remarked that our strong snap hooks are perfect for a quick and easy set up and take down of her hammock.
    2. Fishing! We received a great review stating that our swivel round eye was perfect for supporting a offshore swivel knot for big fish trolling.
    3. Another customer advised us that our wire rope clips supported her heavy patio lights.
    4. Our all purpose snaps are popular and perfect for ordering in bulk for those artisans that create fashionable key fobs and lanyards.
    5. Our swivel eye bolt snaps are often used for a safe no drill kayak anchor trolley.
    6. All purpose snaps – apparently great for use in a child’s science project! Use as a material in simple pulley system requiring three all purpose snaps, rope, and a place to mount. The kids will get a kick out of seeing how much weight they can lift.
    7. Our D-rings and O-rings are also used in the fashion industry as sturdy belt fasteners. They look fantastic in their original state or bedazzled with rhinestones! Our rings are also used as scarf ties, necklaces, and bracelets.
    8. Our snap hooks, when attached to rope, provides a very quick and convenient clothesline while camping.
    9. A child’s science project! Our all purpose snap hooks can be used as a material in a simple pulley system. You only need three snaps, some rope, and a place to hang the system. The kids will have a blast seeing how much weight they can lift..
    10. Games! Our durable O-rings have been known to provide hours of fun when used in games such as the Ring on a String game, Ring Toss, Ring in a Cup, etc. Our rings won’t corrode and are weather resistant.

These are just a few of the many inspiring ways our hooks, snaps, and rings can be used. We welcome your unique ideas! Share your ideas and pictures with us by emailing them to

Be sure to browse our online product catalog. For questions or to place an order, call us at 1-800-833-9598 or contact us online.




Winterize Your Boat: Properly Put Your Boat “On Ice” by Replacing Boat Snaps and Other Tips!

winterize your boat snapsAs much as we hate to face the impending end of summer (and we aren’t saying you have to put your boat away just yet), it is a smart idea to think about how you’re going to winterize your boat. Before you know it, the days will be getting shorter and the days cooler and already having a plan for your boat will make the winterization process smoother. Whether you are a seasoned boater or new to quite possibly the most pleasurable sport on the planet, you probably already know that cleaning, draining, greasing, changing the oil, and storing are some of the recommendations. Proper winterization prevents costly damage from freezing and corrosion and ensures that next summer, you’ll be able to launch that beauty without a hitch!

Replacing boat metal hardware before temperatures drop, including boat snaps and other marine hardware, protects snaps from rusting shut or malfunctioning. As a top supplier of high-quality metal boat hardware, Hensggen Hardware sells hardware of the finest quality materials and workmanship. Our steel, stainless steel, brass, nickel-plated, and die cast boat snap hooks will not corrode or rust when exposed to cold temperatures or harsh weather.

Besides replacing worn snaps with top quality boat snaps, here are some additional tips to properly winterize your boat to and experience smooth sailing next summer:

    • Clean your boat! There’s nothing worse than pulling the cover off a boat with dirt carpet or spill stains
    • To prevent rust, sand and repaint the hull
    • Remove the battery and store in a dry place
    • Apply rust inhibitor to metal hardware that is in good condition
    • Place seat cushions on their ends to prevent mildew and set up some mildew control bags
    • Drain fluid from engine block, coolers, and water pumps
    • Empty and fill gear case with lubricant
    • If applicable, drain porta potty and pump antifreeze into faucets
    • Add additives to a full gas tank and run the engine for at least 15 minutes so they reach the fuel lines.
    • Get rid of salt, sediment, and rust by backwashing the cooling system and purchase a winterization kit to draw antifreeze into the system
    • Replace oil, oil filters, and fuel-water separator
    • If necessary, replace belts and hoses
    • Grease lubricate steering, trim, and sterndrive gimbal parts
    • Store your boat in a temperature controlled structure or cover with a large tar

Follow these tips for properly putting your boat “on ice” for the winter! Henssgen Harwdware is a leading distributor of over 100 boat snap hooks and assorted hardware including assorted snap hooks, pulleys, quick links, and more! Call us at 1-800-833-9598, contact us online, and check out our amazing selection of industrial rigging hardware in our product catalog.

Hardware in Hunting

It’s that time of year again, HUNTING SEASON!!!

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and it is time to put on your camo and hit the woods.

Since we specialize in hardware, I would like to point out how our products are used in outdoor apparel,  hunting accessories and tools.   From rifle slings to game hoists and bird straps these items all utilize rigging hardware to be effective.  Most often they have welded rings, pulleys and snap hooks as vital components.

You’ll find snap hooks on rifle slings and bird straps.  Granted the more tactical rifle sling is more likely to have a snap hook whereas the hunting rifle sling tend to be a leather loop; some hunting rifle slings still have a snap hook to secure the sling to the rifle.  Bird straps that secure to your belt or vest tend to not only have a snap hook but also have small welded rings to loop the leather through and around the necks or feet of your game.

Your larger game is generally placed on a game hanger connected to you guessed it a pulley!  Making it much easier to hoist the game for proper dressing.

Can you think of other uses for snap hooks, rings or pulleys while hunting?


  Happy Hunting!


Organize with S Hooks!

Organizing with S Hooks!

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If you can hang it, you can organize it with S Hooks!  From the Kitchen to the Closet to the Bathroom you can free up counter space, shelves, and reduce the chaos.  From the smallest S Hook for hanging jewelry to larger, heavy duty S hooks in the garage and backyard this piece of hardware can be extremely versatile!

When venturing into apartment living you can find that there just isn’t a place for everything.  You may not have the cabinet space for coffee mugs and pots and pans.   S hooks can be an easy fix!  A towel rod mounted on the wall and s hooks can hang your coffee mugs neatly and free up valuable cabinet space.  As for pots and pans, suspending a rod or metal grid from the ceiling and adding some s hooks makes a great pot rack!  No place for kitchen utensils?  Add another towel rod to the side of the counter or under the upper cabinets and some s hooks to keep everything easily accessible while whipping up a masterpiece in the kitchen!  As for the pantry, if you have wire shelves add some s hooks and suspend bagged foods from the chip clip to free up extra space.

Moving on to the bathroom; somehow there is never enough bathroom storage!  If you find you need more storage in the shower you can add another curtain rod inside the shower, just add a few s hooks and now there is space to hang wash clothes, your loofah, and a caddy for even more storage!  Grab some peg board a little paint and a cute frame. Paint the peg board and frame it, add s hooks and you have instant a jewelry organizer!

Now for the dreaded closet!  Yes, everything in your closet can have a place and it can still look neat and organized!  Belts, hats, scarves, ties, and handbags can be hung on tiered towel rods with s hooks.  Jeans and tank tops can be hung under wire racks with s hooks by the belt loops and straps!  Shoes and boots can even be hung simply using a binder clip and s hooks under the wire shelves.

These are only a few of the many, many uses s hooks have while trying to keep organized.  Have any other uses for s hooks?

Please share your ideas and pictures!

To order please call us at 1-800-833-9598 or email us at!

Our Catalog is now available for Download!

This afternoon one of our customers contacted us and requested new catalogs and mentioned that he was surprised he couldn’t download one on our website.  Well, isn’t that a great idea and why on earth hadn’t we thought of that.  We have our e-catalog available for preview on our website but now you can download a copy for your desktop.

One huge advantage to being a small business is being able to respond so quickly to our customers and get them what they want in order to provide them with the best products, best service and overall best experience during their purchases with us.

Check our our catalog and call us today for current pricing or to place an order!

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Brass vs Bronze? What’s the difference?

There have been times that I’ve seen bronze and brass items being marketed in the same categories but they are quite different not only in their make up but also in appearance. Here is some information that will help guide you in determining which would be best for your project.



First, bronze dates back to 3500 BC with the Sumerians, also leading to the Bronze Age. Through its discovery, people were able to create more detailed metal sculptures and building materials (decorative tiles), a larger variety of tools, weapons, and armor. Bronze was a much stronger and more durable alternative to stone and copper.

Brass was introduced around 500 BC.  Brass is made from an alloy of Copper and Zinc. Since Zinc is rarely if ever found in its natural state, early on people discovered melting copper and calamine (a zinc ore) yielded a golden colored tarnish resistant metal.  It was quite useful due to a high melting point and it’s malleability.

Below is a Comparison Chart that will clearly highlight the similarities and differences between the two metals:

 Brass vs Bronze

Brass Bronze
Composition: Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.  Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, or silicon.
Properties: Higher malleability than zinc or copper. Low melting point (900 c); flows when melted. Combinations of iron, aluminum, silicon & manganese make brass corrosion resistant. Susceptible to stress cracking when exposed to ammonia. Not as hard as steel. Hard and brittle. Melts at 950 centigrade but depends on amount of tin present. Bronze resists corrosion (especially seawater corrosion) and metal fatigue more than steel and is also a better conductor of heat and electricity than most steels.
Color: Muted yellow, somewhat similar to gold, but duller. Reddish brown.
Uses: Decorative; Low-friction applications (locks, gears, doorknobs, ammunition, valves); Plumbing / electronics; Musical instruments for acoustic properties; Zippers & uses where it’s important to negate spark (fittings & tools around explosive gas), boat and marine hardware Used in boat and ship fittings, propellers and submerged bearings because of resistance to salt water corrosion. Widely used for cast bronze sculpture; Bearings, clips, electrical connectors and springs; For top-quality bells and cymbals.
History: Brass was first known to exist in about 500 BC. Bronze dates to about 3500 BC.


Brass Hardware

Brass’s malleability and innate corrosion resistance make the metal ideal for a wide variety of hardware purposes. Its muted gold color is highly recognizable and can perform as both a decorative and functional element. While it can be confused with bronze, its unique properties and applications make brass a category unto itself.


Uses of Brass—Brass Hardware Applications

Brass is used across multiple industries to create corrosion- and spark-resistant fixtures, fasteners, and equipment components. Brass goods can last for many years, whether indoors and outdoors. Popular hardware applications for brass include:

  • Electronics (watch components, electrical terminals)
  • Home and garden (door knobs, fittings, locks, pipes, fasteners)
  • Marine (boat snaps, swivel eye bolt snaps, fasteners, pulleys)
  • Military and defense (casings, snap hooks, swivel eye bolt snaps, fasteners)
  • Oil and gas (non-reactive fittings, gears, tools, and valves)
  • Outdoor (snap hooks, quick release snaps, spring snaps)


The Benefits of Brass

Brass possesses several unique features that make it a solid choice for fabrication and machining. Some of these benefits include:

  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Resistances to both corrosion and shock
  • Malleability
  • Can develop an attractive and protective patina

Aside from these advantages, one of brass’s strongest benefits is its decorative appearance. The shine matches well with most woods and warmer colors.


Types of Solid Brass Hardware

Henssgen Hardware offers a wide variety of brass components and fasteners. Brass hardware is reliable, sturdy, and decorative, so each fastener can be used in visible or customer-facing environments. We always construct our fasteners with solid brass instead of offering brass-plated products that remain susceptible to corrosion.

What snap hook you need to make a dog leash?


We work with several companies who make leashes for dogs – long leashes for field trials, leather leashes, braided leashes, k9 training leashes and nylon leashes.    In today’s market there are so may choices for dog leashes.  The question always is when I speak to a new customer looking to manufacture a dog lead – which snap hook will be the best?

There are a few factors to consider:

  1. The Material of the Snap
    1. Stainless Steel is the best, however the most costly.  This snap will not rust when exposed to the elements.
    2. Brass is also very popular and is looks great too!  Brass will hold up fairly well outside but will tarnish over time.
    3. Zinc Die Cast Nickel Plated is a very popular type of snap, it’s very economical however although it’s rust resistant it’s not rust proof.
  2. Swivel vs Fixed Eye Snap Hooks
    1. Fixed Eye has an eye opening that does not move or rotate.  This snap has a stronger SWL (Safe Working Load) vs the swivel eye typically.  Although it does tend to be a stronger snap, the fixed eye does not offer the flexibility or freedom of movement some manufacturers seek in their products.
    2. Swivel Eye (as shown below) has an eye that swivels around the bolt of the snap, allowing the webbing attached through the eye to rotate as the dog or pet moves.  The swivel eye bolt snap is by far our most popular snap for dog leashes.  It comes in a variety of material and sizes that will accommodate pets of all sizes.  One factor to keep in mind with the swivel snaps is when you have movement you have friction and therefore over time if  too much load is placed on the snaps there can be breakage.  Adhering to the advised SWL s for snaps is a very important factor to keep in mind for both you and your pet.
  3. Shape of Eye
    1. Rounded
      1. Rounded swivels can work with most webbing material used in leashes – leather, nylon, biothane, paracord, etc… However you do need to consider the width of your webbing.  Most rounded end snap hooks do flatten a bit at the bottom to comfortably accommodate a flat webbing material.
    2. Square
      1. Square eye snap hook are best used for leashes with a wide webbing material so to avoid any curling of the edges.
    1. Diameter of Eye
      1. As I mentioned above you not only have to consider the shape of the eye but more importantly is the size or diameter of the eye.  Most leashes are going to be 3/4 or 1″ webbing.  Therefore the 3/4″ or 1″ snap hooks are best suited.  The snap hooks come in a variety of sizes, generally you want to all the webbing to lay flat as it is threaded through the eye opening.

There are so many options available for leashes, the list above are just some suggestions of where to start when planning your materials needed to design your leash.

For more information on our products or to request a catalog just contact us!