“We sometimes underestimate the importance of little things,” wrote Charles W. Chestnutt in 1901.
Why is a torque wrench company opening a blog post about bolt failure with a quote by a turn-of-the-century author?
Because bolts are often the smallest elements of a design, but that does not make them unimportant. When bolts fail, they can do so in ways that are very catastrophic, and very public. Just ask the commuters who saw the steel rods on Oakland, California’s Bay Bridge snap in 2013.