Wingnut (hardware)

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Three wingnuts

A wingnut, wing nut or butterfly nut is a type of nut with two large metal "wings", one on each side, so it can be easily tightened and loosened by hand without tools.


A similar fastener with a male thread is known as a wing screw [1] [2] or a wing bolt. [3]


ASME B18.6.9 classifies wing nuts first by manufacturing method and then by style.


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Bicycle wingnuts

Before the development of quick release skewers, bicycle wheels were held in place with wingnuts. [4] [5]

Drum hardware

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Three wingnuts and wingbolts supporting a drum

In a drum kit wingnuts and wingbolts are used extensively.

In drum hardware, memory refers to any system that preserves the adjustment of a stand, boom or bracket when the kit is disassembled.

Most commonly this takes the form of a collar on a tube, fixed in place by a screw operated by a drum key. This collar mates with a fitting that receives the tube and secures it by means of a wingnut or wingbolt. When the stand is disassembled, only the wingnut or wingbolt needs to be loosened, and the collar remains in place, allowing the stand to be reassembled in exactly the same adjustment. When the stand needs to be adjusted, the collar is first loosened by means of a drum key.

Seltzer bottle

The device that surrounds a CO2 cartridge in a seltzer bottle is also a wingnut. Twisting the wingnut completes a seal around the cartridge neck; twisting a bit more causes a pin to pierce the cartridge and let the gas into the bottle.

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Sex bolt

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A centerlock wheel is a type of automobile wheel in which the wheel is fastened to the axle using a single, central nut, instead of the more common ring of 4 or 5 lug nuts or bolts.


  2. uses "thumb screw, wing"
  4. Brown, Sheldon. "Quick-release Wheels". Sheldon Brown. Retrieved 2011-07-11. In 1927, Tullio Campagnolo was unable to reverse the rear wheel of his bicycle to change gears while racing over the Croce d'Aune pass in the Italian Alps. His frozen fingers were unable to loosen the wingnuts used to hold his wheels in place. This incident led to his invention of the quick release.
  5. Brown, Sheldon. "Singlespeed Conversions - Solid-Axle vs Quick Release". Sheldon Brown. Retrieved 2011-07-11.