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Third Annual Screw City Beer Festival draws 2,000 to downtown Rockford

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Tapping into your inner brew-master didn't take too much effort today in Rockford. In it's third year, the Screw City Beer Festival drew in 2,000 guests, and a lot of brewers too.

Some are using festivals like this to replace some old favorites no longer in the area.

"This event was geared around the idea that Rockford needs a beer event. we needed to do something fun, unique and no one's done it yet. so let's get together and make it happen," says  Chris Wachowiak, Screw City Beer Festival Co-Coordinator

Three years later, the resulting Screw City Beer Festival is gaining momentum, attracting brewers from all over the country, and their customers. 

"The nice thing about this is you're building community, the craft beer crowd is a community, it's an association of bonded people that have like interests, that like to try interesting new things," says Wachowiak.

But being a craft beer expert is not a requirement for entry. However tickets are, if you were luck enough to get one. They sold out four days ago. 

For $25, each ticket holder got to sample their choice of 130 craft beers from all over the country. 

"it's something different, a chance to bring a lot of people together and good for the downtown area." 

This was the first summer Rockford has gone without its 'On the Waterfront' festival in nearly 30 years. The event would have been held last weekend, had it not have been canceled.  

"We really miss On the Waterfront, we loved On the Waterfront and so we were disappointed when intended and so this for us kind of replaces On the Waterfront," says Kim Foreman, a festival-goer. 

After sampling all the stouts, IPAs, and lagers, Screw City Beer Festival organizers made sure its patrons got home safely. A designated driver company was on hand giving rides for just $10. 

Live music was  new this year to the festival. But the size of the event will always remain the same. Organizers say limiting tickets sales to only 2000 makes for a more intimate setting.


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Valuable Fastener Tips

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These tips on fastener use will help get the job done. If you have a fastener related tip or trick to share, please e-mail it to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Driving Wood Screws and Brads

Before driving a wood screw or brad, you can rub a small amount of beeswax on it.  This makes the screw or brad easier to drive.  If you don’t have beeswax on hand, you can run it through your hair.  The screw will pick up some of the natural oils with the same effect.

Hammering Small Nails

hammerin-nailsDriving small nails and brads often results in smashed fingers.  To avoid this, you can hold the nail or brad with a set of small pliers.  If you don’t have any pliers on hand, you can wedge it between the teeth of an old comb.

Fixing Loose Screws

Replacing loose wood screws with a lager size isn’t always possible or desirable.  Try removing the screw and putting a wooden match stick or small sliver of wood in the hole.

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Standards of Screw & Fastener

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Screws and Fasteners | Mid States Screw CorpThe U.S. government made an effort to formalize the difference between a bolt and a screw because different tariffs apply to each. The document seems to have no significant effect on common usage and does not eliminate the ambiguous nature of the distinction between screws and bolts for some threaded fasteners.

The document also reflects (although it probably did not originate) significant confusion of terminology usage that differs between the legal/statutory/regulatory community and the fastener industry.

The legal/ statutory/ regulatory wording uses the terms "coarse" and "fine" to refer to the tightness of the tolerance range, referring basically to "high-quality" or "low-quality", but this is a poor choice of terms, because those terms in the fastener industry have a different meaning (referring to the steepness of the helix's lead).

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What is a Fastener?

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FastenerAccording to Wikipedia, a fastener is a hardware device that mechanically joins or affixes two or more objects together.

Fasteners can also be used to close a container such as a bag, a box, or an envelope; or they may involve keeping together the sides of an opening of flexible material, attaching a lidto a container, etc. There are also special-purpose closing devices, e.g. a bread clip. Fasteners used in these manners are often temporary, in that they may be fastened and unfastened repeatedly.

Some types of woodworking joints make use of separate internal reinforcements, such as dowels or biscuits, which in a sense can be considered fasteners within the scope of the joint system, although on their own they are not general purpose fasteners.

Furniture supplied in flat-pack form often uses cam dowels locked by cam locks, also known as conformat fasteners. Items like a rope, string, wire (e.g. metal wire, possibly coated with plastic, or multiple parallel wires kept together by a plastic strip coating), cable, chain, or plastic wrap may be used to mechanically join objects; but are not generally categorized as fasteners because they have additional common uses. Likewise, hinges and springs may join objects together, but are ordinarily not considered fasteners because their primary purpose is to allow articulation rather than rigid affixment.


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