Houston, Texas, has just staked its claim to a towering record with the installation of what is said to be the world's largest hex nut. The silver behemoth, appropriately dubbed "Big Tex the Incredible Hex," now resides ostentatiously at Patriot Bolt and Fastener's lot in Humble, showcasing Texas's penchant for going big or going home. According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, the installation that took place on Friday features a 16-foot-tall and 19-foot-wide structure, which toppled the previous record held by a Slovenian nut measuring a mere 11.8 by 13.6 feet.
Patriot Bolt's CEO, Kris Kolb, spearheaded the mammoth task with the mindset that home state Texas was the rightful holder of the "largest" titles. "No better place to have that record than Texas, because everything's bigger in Texas," Kolb stated in a moment of state pride, as per Houston Chronicles. The colossal nut, which weighs approximately 8,500 pounds, is not just ornamental; it's been designed to be functional, theoretically, if a bolt of matching size ever comes into play.
The imposing metallic nut was crafted by Houston-based JK Welding, a company known for taking on out-of-the-box projects. Boasting a ten-foot-diameter opening at its center, the hex nut required more than 450 man-hours of labor spread over six weeks to complete. John King, the owner and founder of JK Welding, told the Houston Chronicles, "We build all kinds of artistic art type pieces, and this is one of them. We're very proud of this."
The pride is certainly shared by the JK Welding team, including Eduardo Hinojosa, who marveled at the project's completion. "I've never been a part of anything of this magnitude," he said, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. Completing the installation was a two-hour plus task, hampered by wind but ultimately a success. While the Guinness World Records official was not present, Kolb assured that the application for recognition of their titanic effort is underway, hopeful that official acknowledgment will soon follow.