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  1. The Hard(ware) Facts About Your Dog’s Leash

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    Next time you’re at the animal shelter or vet, watch as the staff there easily handles three or more dogs at once on a multi-dog leash. Of course, you can’t help but notice the amount of hardware involved in creating a great multi-dog leash.

    When we think of a leash, we automatically think of a nylon line with a loop at one end for the walker’s hand to slip through, with some kind of snap or hook at the other end to attach to the dog’s collar. The average person doesn’t normally think too much of what it takes to turn a length of nylon into a safe piece of equipment for you and your dog.

    In hardware “speak,” the pieces that make a simple nylon lead so effective and safe are familiar items in Henssgen’s everyday inventory.

    Swivel Eye Bolt Snaps and Trigger Snaps

    This is the item that connects you to your dog at the other end of that nylon line. It comes in several different metals, including malleable iron, brass and die-cast zinc, all of which are sturdy and weather-resistant. This is important for a couple of obvious reasons:

    • You and you dog still must go out, no matter what the weather;
    • You need something that is going to work smoothly and be rust-proof;
    • If the hardware on your leash is low quality, your dog could get loose and be injured;
    • It can get expensive to keep replacing your leashes.

    Your Dog’s Collar and Comfort

    If you’ve ever noticed, your dog’s collar is designed to fit on him snugly, but comfortably, allowing him to breathe with ease and move his head with no restrictions. The same is true of the increasingly popular harness-type collars, often used for bigger dogs or for dogs who are learning not to pull on the leash.

    The Dee Ring on the collar and harness is used to attach the leash to your dog. There’s a reason it’s shaped like a “D” and not an “O” or other letter of the alphabet: it provides maximum comfort for your dog, while offering the best method of connection and quick release from the trigger or bolt snap.

    Multi-Dog Leashes

    For those of you who are real hardware “nerds,” a multi-dog leash is a beautiful example of the right use of hardware items such as quick release snap hooks, dee- and O-rings, and large harness swivel-eye trigger snaps for larger, heavier dogs.

    So, the next time you’re getting ready to take your dog out for a walk, stop and take a look at the smalle but important pieces of hardware that transform a simple length of nylon into a safe, sturdy and dependable leash that keeps you and your dog safe and secure on your daily jaunts.

    Henssgen Hardware has been supplying rings, quick release snaps, leather and chain hardware to dog leash and collar manufacturers since 1978. For more information, visit our website and shop our online catalog.

  2. What is a Trigger Snap?

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    Education is important to us here at Henssgen Hardware, and in this article we want to shine some light on the trusty Trigger Snap. Read on to learn just exactly what a trigger snap is, what makes it unique, and what a trigger snap is used for.

    You are likely more familiar with the bolt snap, which is popularly seen at the end of a dog leash. It has a button that pushes down to release the leash from the collar. You may also know the all purpose snap that looks like a carabiner and is often used for keychains.

    A trigger snap is different from a bolt snap or an all purpose snap because it has a little lever, or trigger, which opens the snap. The trigger makes it easy to open and close the snap with just one hand.

    It also has overlapping pieces which make for a more secure hold, rather than a bolt snap. It is very hard for anything to slip through a trigger snap. The built-in trigger mechanism will not release accidentally – only when purposeful force is applied to it, which sets it apart from a bolt snap.

    Because a trigger snap also offers a more reliable holding closure, it makes more sense for certain uses.

    It is often used in the fashion industry for handbags, purses, suspenders, luggage and briefcases. It is often used for camera straps, binocular straps, and other fashion or utility applications in need of good solid snaps that won’t open accidentally. Crafters love the trigger snap for key fobs, lanyards and keychains.

    You can attach a strap to one end, either a fabric one that’s sewn in as in the case of a purse or handbag, a leather one for a briefcase or bag, or a webbed one in the case of a leash.

    More industrial uses include awning fabrication, the marine industry for ropes and knotting, pet leash and pet collar manufacturers, horse leads, harnesses and tack changes.

    Our trigger snaps all have full swivel eyes which prevent tangles and come in a variety of shapes, for different uses.

    Some of them have flat eyes for use in a strap, and others come with rounded eyes for use with rope and knotting.

    We offer trigger snaps in brass and die cast zinc in many different diameters for any need you may have.

    Browse our trigger snap selection now!

    Henssgen Hardware has a complete line of the highest quality snap hooks, clips and other rigging hardware. We carry hardware in all types of metals and galvanized steel for all types of jobs, from hauling heavy loads to quick-release panic snaps.

    Visit our website today and check our online catalog.

  3. Old Friends at Cabin Creek, in Greenfield, NY, Offers Home for Retired Thoroughbreds

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    It’s called the sport of kings, but far too often the majestic thoroughbreds that make up the royal family are sent off to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada, a cruel and unusual end to an all too short life of training, racing, and perpetuating bloodlines. It seems only right, then, that Saratoga Springs, home to the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in the country, is also home to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, a retirement haven for thoroughbred racehorses.

    Mark and JoAnn Pepper are the owners of Cabin Creek, a forty-acre spread located on Sand Hill Road in the town of Greenfield Center. The long dirt road bends and winds down to the entrance, where a vista of tranquility and serenity greets each visitor. A stable that could have been in the movie, “Sea Biscuit,” is surrounded by paddock areas, each one home to a peacefully grazing animal. To the left of the stable is a small pond with a fountain spraying water at its center, adding to the feeling of peace. At the top of another hill stands the Pepper’s home, from which they can survey the scene below.

    The Peppers built the ranch from the ground up and – for them – Old Friends is the culmination of a lifelong dream to provide a home for these wondrous creatures. While the ranch itself is privately owned, Old Friends is a non-profit organization that feeds, houses, and provides veterinary care, support and – above all – love for the animals. The ranch has been open since 2009 and is currently operating at more than full capacity, housing and caring for 15 horses, ranging in age from 3 to 27 years.

    This is the first and only satellite of the original Old Friends, based in Georgetown, KY, the brainchild of Michael Blowen, a retired sports writer from the Boston Globe. Blowen’s love of the animals and the sport prompted him to create a safe haven for horses as they reached the end of their careers.

    Now, in its eighth year of existence, Old Friends at Cabin Creek is home to two Travers winners: Thunder Rumble, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his win this year; and Will’s Way, who took the title in 1996. The most senior of the equine family, Crusader Sword, winner of the “ Hopeful” 28 years ago, looks remarkable for his age, a ripe old 30. Of lesser fame – but no less pampered – is Moonshadow Gold, the first horse acquired by the Peppers when they opened the ranch. At age fifteen, Moonshadow is a veteran of a whopping eighty-nine races.

    The Peppers love horse racing, but they also love the animals who give their lives to the sport. “There are too many horses out there without a plan for a full life,” JoAnn confided to me. “Being able to open Old Friends was a dream come true for us.”

    The horses that call Old Friends at Cabin Creek their home are free to roam their paddock areas, romping and rolling in the grass, munching on hay and feed. They never have to run in another race or have a saddle on their backs. They are pampered by a devoted group of volunteers, who care for their equine charges in fair weather or foul, rain or snow.

    Of course, as with any other horse farm, it’s vital to have the best rigging hardware available in order to ensure the safety of the horses and their caregivers. Henssgen Hardware supplies the best and most comprehensive line of rigging equipment and horse hardware for places like Old Friends at Cabin Creek, as well as the many other thoroughbred aftercare and horse rescue ranches that are cropping up around the country.

    Please visit our website and browse our catalog to find everything you need, from hitching plates and horse panic snaps to harness rings and hoof picks. We offer the sturdiest and most durable equipment, in a variety of non-corrosive metals, such as die cast zinc, brass, malleable iron and steel.

    Henssgen Hardware, located in Glens Falls NY, has been supplying hardware for 39 years. Visit their website and their online catalog for more information.

  4. Have the Right Hooks on Hand for Those Lazy Hazy Hammock Days

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    Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. That means hardware store owners should be stocking up on the right S-hooks, rings, quick-release snap hooks, swivel hooks and chain links for hanging hammocks, kiddie swings, porch swings and planters.

    Before you can say Memorial Day, customers will be coming into your store looking to replace or repair broken or rusted chains, S-hooks and snap hooks for their toddlers’ swing sets. They’ll also be eager to get that hammock unrolled and suspended between two trees in the shade of the backyard. And don’t forget about the chains and hooks for hanging those cascading petunia planters.

    How to hang your hammock

    Find two sturdy oak, beech or maple trees that can support your weight and be the right distance apart; too close together and you’ll be scraping the ground; too far apart and you’ll put too much strain on the hammock and cause tears.

    Most hammocks come with straps that wrap around the tree. The straps are made of sturdy nylon and have a Dee-ring that is used to connect the S-hook or the snap hook to the ring on each end of the hammock.

    Before you get that hammock hung up and ready to hop into, be sure the rings aren’t bent or damaged. It’s also a good idea to check the straps for wear and tear. Also make sure that the chain links on the ends of your hammock aren’t bent or broken.

    Getting the backyard swing set ready for your kids

    Before you hang those swings back on the jungle gym equipment do a careful inspection of the parts. Make sure there are no rusty screws or chain links that can scrape and hurt your kids. As children get bigger, they put more strain on the hooks that keep the swing securely connected to the overhead bar. Make sure to replace any chain, links or S-hooks that look as if they’ve been bent or have become misshapen from wear.

    Have the right hardware on hand for DIYs

    The local neighborhood handy men and women, who like to make their own repairs, will be happy to see that your inventory includes the widest and best variety of hardware in an assortment of rust-resistant and sturdy metals, sure to keep that hammock properly suspended between your trees, or hold that hanging hammock chair suspended from the porch ceiling.

    A local resource right at your fingertips

    The benefit of having a major wholesaler of hardware like Henssgen right in your backyard is that you can still place your order and have it in your store’s inventory in time for the busy upcoming season.

    Henssgen purchases only the highest quality hardware for backyards and boat docks, dairy farmers and  trainers, and backyard volleyball nets and batting cage nets. So, whether you are a hardware store owner looking for the best supplier of hardware for a range of industries and uses; or, if you’re a homeowner who likes nothing better than to lounge in your hammock after a busy day of yardwork,

    Henssgen Hardware has the hooks, snaps, and rings you need to keep your backyard safe, secure and ready for summer. Download our catalog for all our product offerings.

  5. Snap Hooks Keep Us in Line!

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    It may come as a surprise, but there’s a small, yet mighty important little piece of hardware that’s instrumental in keeping us all in line, making us look good, and working hard alongside us in our businesses, on our farms or at the kennel. The crazy thing is, you can find it in our catalog in a variety of metals, finishes and sizes. What are we talking about?

    Snap hooks, of course.

    This seemingly insignificant and innocuous piece of hardware is not only versatile – as it turns out, it is an integral component of many industries, from banking to boating; entertainment to equestrian; even from farming to fashion. The list is endless.

    And we mean that literally. Whether you’re at the bank, the movie theater, waiting in line to climb on a ride at Disney World – even the red carpet in Hollywood or Cannes.

    Have you ever shown up for a fancy event, and the attendant quickly unhooks the rope to allow an impatient VIP to move to the front of the line? Those velvet ropes that keep us in an orderly line are attached to their metal bases by snap hooks and you can find them whether you’re waiting to see the newest action movie or do some star-gazing at a celebrity event in Hollywood.

    Think about the last time you waited in line with your eager kids to climb on a ride at Disney World. Those snap hooks kept the kids right where they needed to be and safe from wandering off the line into who knows what!

    A snap hook is easy to release with just the flick of the wrist and thumb. It comes in a variety of metals and finishes, so it can go from a utilitarian stainless to a polished brass. The snap hook is just like that woman you know who looks just as great in jeans and a tee shirt as she does in a little black dress! Versatile, flexible and adaptable.

    And snap hooks can be either fixed or swivel – so important when you’re in a tough space with your horse, for example, and need to unhook him quickly from his harness. Snap hooks can also be spotted on runways or in designer boutiques, adorning the softest suede handbag you’ve ever seen, or keeping that cool leather and gold trimmed belt resting just right on your waist.

    So, before you think that snap hooks are just a small, insignificant piece of hardware – think again. Snap hooks can keep us in line, make our livestock and pets safe and secure, add flair to our fashion, and so much more.

    Henssgen Hardware, located in Glens Falls NY, has been supplying snap hooks and other rigging hardware for 39 years. Visit their website and their online catalog for more information.

  6. Flag Pole Hardware

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    Ready to wave a white flag to winter?

    With spring right around the corner it’s time to celebrate the change of the season (or for some of us in New England celebrate that winter is over). What better than to fly a flag? Perhaps, it’s patriotism you want to display or maybe you’re dusting off an Open flag for your farm stand; whatever it may be, you’ll need to have the right hardware and installation to ensure your flag flies high all season.


    A: Canton
    B: Heading
    C: Grommet
    D: Truck
    E: Finial
    F: Snap Hooks
    G: Cleat
    H: Halyard
    I: Flash Collar
    J: Foundation Tube

    Let’s get acquainted with flag hardware. The image (courtesy of Outdoor Flagstore) visual identifies the hardware listed below.

    You’ll certainly need to be able to identify the grommet(s) on your flag. The grommets are the brass rings or eyelet for mounting outdoor flags. One of the grommets of the flag is identified in the image as “C”.

    The snap hooks are next. Snap hooks are hardware made of brass or steel to attach the flag (via the grommets) to the halyard rope. The snap hooks are depicted as “F” in the image above. Speaking of haylard: the halyard is the rope or cable used to raise and lower the flag on the pole (depicted as “H” above). The haylard can be external and tied to a cleat, or internal. The cleat is the device used to secure the bottom of the flagpole halyard. Shown above as “G”.

    Not labeled above but very important is the flagpole: A flag is most often attached to an object of support such as a flagpole, staff or flagstaff, or mast. In general, when a flag is flown outdoors, if flies from a flagpole. When a flag is carried in a parade or displayed indoors, it is attached to a staff. On a boat or ship, a flag may be attached to a mast.

    Other parts of the flagpole include the truck (“D”) which is the device at the top of an outdoor pole which houses the pulley wheel. The truck may have holes to attach pulleys to raise and lower a flag.

    The flash collar (“I”) of the flag is generally the round cover at the base of the flagpole used to protect and hide the ground mount. Just below that you’d find the the foundation tube (“J”) which is the cylindrical tube used to form the flagpole base or sleeve in the ground.

    Some flags have a finial (“E”). The finial is a decorative topper for a flagpole. Commonly an eagle, spear or ball.

    Other flag terminology you may come across:

    Canton (“A”) – Blue field, white stars. Also known as Field or Jack. By definition, it is the “top inner corner of a flag.” Flags with cantons include the United States flag, the Georgia flag, the Hawaii flag and the Mississippi flag.

    Heading (“B”) – Heavy fabric used to secure the flag to the halyard line, usually made of canvas, cotton or other durable synthetic fabric. Also referred to as the header.

    Hoist: Hoist is used to describe the height of the flag while flying. The term also refers to the edge of the flag that is attached to the flagpole or staff. You may hear the term “hoist end” to refer to this part of a flag.

    Fly: Fly can refer to several things that of the length of the flag as measured from the attachment to the farthest point, as well as the distance from the end of the canton to the free end of the flag. Fly also means the width (length) of an extended flag.

    Fly End: The fly end is the part of the flag that flaps in the wind and is not the end that is attached to the system using hardware discussed above.

    Field: The section of the flag between the hoist and the fly ends is called the field or, sometimes, the ground. It does not include the canton.

    For more information about hardware mentioned about check out our Brass Swivel Snaps


  7. The Role of Hardware in Keeping Us Healthy

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    Hardware can keep you healthy. How?

    Do you work out at a gym? Do you use the weight room area, using the gym’s lat pulldown machine, or similar weight training equipment?

    Or do you take a Pilates class and use the Pilates reformer?

    Both of these types of physical fitness machines – and many others – help keep us fit and healthy.

    And they do so with the use of pulleys and snaps.

    In fact – let us brag a bit here — several manufacturers of Pilates equipment use Henssgen Hardware’s pulleys and snaps!

    Many people want to lift weights but are afraid of injury should they drop a barbell or even dumbbell as they work out.

    But weight machines such as the aforementioned lat pulldown, as well as the cable row and others, all use pulley and snap systems to keep you safe from injury.

    Even home gym equipment uses pulleys and snaps.

    The pulley allows exercisers to lift weights safely that are far heavier than if they were lifting free weights. The snap that attaches to the pulley part of the weight machine also allows an exerciser to change the amount of weight easily, and at any time.

    In addition to being safer to use than free weights, using a weight machine also gives the user the added bonus of working the targeted muscle through an optimal range of motion (you can only move the lat machine’s bar down to a certain point and won’t be able to go beyond a safe range of motion, for example).

    Perhaps the only caveat to the safety of pulley and snap weight lifting machines is to make sure the snap is closed completely before you start lifting. Many machines have extra safety features built in to ensure a weight doesn’t drop while lifting, but it’s still far safer to double check that the snap is closed, just in case.

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