[TowerTalk] Metric bolts

Jason Creager jason at creager.com
Sun Feb 26 00:35:03 EST 2006

We have a couple of great "everything and then some" stores in Las Vegas. One of them is McFadden-Dale Hardware. They literally have every kind of nut, bolt, washer, etc. in a variety of grades and finishes. If I need one or two of something or need to browse to find the item, they're great. 

However, if I need a box quantity, I order from McMaster-Carr. My last project involving them was putting threaded inserts under the eave of my roof to hold rope lights for Hallowe'en and Christmas. A box of fifty inserts was going to cost $40 locally (nevermind the cost of the screws), but I ordered the exact same item from McMaster-Carr with a box of of 100 machine screws for about $20 SHIPPED and it arrived the next day since Los Angeles is one day away via UPS Ground.

McMaster-Carr has multiple locations across the country. You should definitely give them a try.

Also, I don't know if they do it, but many companies that we use at work (Grainger, Newark, etc.) will sell to you personally at your company's negotiated discount. It can't hurt to ask. It may not be much of a discount, but 10%-20% is still worth a phone call.


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