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Bolt vs Screw

     So, what's the difference between a bolt and a screw?

     George always pipes up when he hears me ask this... "Have ya ever been bolted?"

     No, George, I can't say I have.  

     So what is the dif'?

     Bolts hold the material and usually compress it.

     Screws are held by the material and are usually compressed by it.  

     Bolts have / use nuts or some sort of a compatible threaded interface.

     Screws are compression fit into or thru and held tight by a material like wood, metal, plastic or bone (perish the thought).

     That's that.  Pretty simple, eh?