by Michael Lippig
Bolts and screws are not something that occupies a lot of our reliability thoughts. After, the life of an appropriate bolt in a non-aggressive environment has been extrapolated to something like 11,000 years. Yet if you use the wrong fastener, it is bound to be very aggravating. It may not even survive its own virgin installation!
Luckily, there are some visual cues to help guide against using the wrong fastener. The following table shows grading of common US and Metric fasteners.