Weld nut

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A weld nut is a special type of nut specifically designed to be welded to another object. There are various types for different applications.


Round base nuts

These nuts have a long threaded cylinder with a large circular base to make welding easy. They also sometimes have projections (known as weld nibs or bosses) to keep the nut from warping while welding with a high current.[1]

Slab base nuts
Slab base weld nut

These are very similar to the round base nuts, but with an obround, or slab shaped, base. These are used in channels, tubes, or other tight quarters.[1]

Tab base nuts

Tab base nuts are designed for spot welding on flat workpieces. They have a locating boss around the threads to locate it in a pilot hole.[1]

Hex & square nuts

These nuts are very similar to standard square or hex nuts, but have a locating boss and welding projections. The bosses also keep weld spatter out of the threads.[2]

Retainer weld nuts

Retainer weld nuts, also known as bridge weld nuts, have a floating nut retained inside a retainer to compensate for inconsistencies. The retainer is welded to the workpiece while the nut is allowed to float.[2]

Tube end nuts

Tube end nuts are sized to fit into the end of standard sized tubing, thus creating a threaded tube from standard stock.[2]



  1. ^ a b c McMaster-Carr, p. 3151.
  2. ^ a b c McMaster-Carr, p. 3152.


  • McMaster-Carr catalog (114th ed.), McMaster-Carr .