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Fix and Fast: Fixings and Fasteners – What’s the difference?

8 November 2023

Fix and Fast – The Differences

It’s a topic that might seem straightforward but is often confused. What is the difference between fixings and fasteners?.

At FR Scott, we’ve been East Yorkshire’s trusted supplier of fixings, fasteners, ironmongery, and tools since 1945. And now – through our online brand Fix and Fast – we supply businesses and public across the UK. We know our stuff!

Let us clarify the terms and explain the difference between a fixing and a fastener so you can make informed decisions about your projects.


Fixings: Holding It All Together


Fixings are the unsung heroes that help us hold things together securely. They are essential components that create a stable connection between two or more objects. Fixings are often designed to provide long-lasting and robust support, ensuring that the connected materials stay in place even under stress or environmental factors.

Common examples of fixings include screws, bolts, anchors, and wall plugs. Click on their names to see more.

Fixings are designed to be more permanent solutions. Typically used when you want something to stay in place for an extended period or indefinitely. For instance, when you’re attaching a shelf to a wall, the screws and wall plugs used are fixings.

At FR Scott and Fix and Fast we offer a wide range of fixings to suit various applications. Whether you’re working on construction, joinery, or DIY projects, our fixings are designed to ensure your work stands the test of time.

High Tensile Socket Cap Screw – Available from FR Scott and Fix and Fast


Fasteners: Holding It Temporarily


On the other hand Fasteners are all about securing objects together, but not necessarily for the long haul. Fasteners are designed to be more easily removable or adjustable compared to fixings. They are often used in situations where you may need to disassemble the components or make temporary connections.

Fasteners encompass items like nails, clips, nuts, and certain types of screws. They are particularly handy for tasks where you may need to make adjustments or remove components, such as furniture assembly or vehicle repairs.

To sum it up: Fixings are your go-to for a long-lasting, reliable connection. Whereas fasteners are the choice when you need something to be secure but easily adjustable or removable.

Nuts are available in a variety of finishes. Self Colour, Zinc plated and Stainless Steel


Choose the Right Fixing for Your Project


Now that you know the difference between fixings and fasteners, it’s crucial to choose the right one for your project.

Consider the permanence of your connection and how often you might need to make adjustments or remove components. At FR Scott and Fix and Fast, we have a vast selection of both fixings and fasteners to meet your specific needs.

Whether you’re a professional contractor or a weekend DIY enthusiast, Fix and Fast is here to help. With quality products along with our next day delivery and free delivery on orders over £30. You can count on Fix and Fast to provide the best service and value.

So, if you’re in need of top-notch fixings and fasteners, remember that FR Scott is a reliable and trusted partner. Offering quality products that stand the test of time. We’re here to ensure your projects are built to last, no matter how big or small.

You choose how to shop! You can call our sales office on 01482 324731. Email us on You can visit our fully stocked trade counter.

Or you can shop Fixings online at Fix and Fast by clicking below

Fix and Fast – Rated Excellent on Trustpilot


Who are Fix and Fast


FR Scott were set up in 1945 and served Hull & East Yorkshire . In 2023 we launched Fix and Fast, our online fixings website. Through Fix and Fast we provide quality fixings and consumable tools to businesses and the general public across the UK.

We’re all about convenience therefore we offer next day delivery and free delivery on orders over £30.

Fix and Fast offers non box quantities so you don’t have to buy a full pack if you only want a couple of fixings.

Our prices are checked daily and our price breaks for ordering larger quantities are very competitive.

With thousands of fixings in stock and expert advice available it is no wonder we are rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.

Now you know the differences between a Fixing and a Fastener…. Choose us as your supplier!

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