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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 04-12-2012 07:34 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2012 07:34 PM

Phillips, square head, hex head, indoor, outdoor, brass, galvanized, stainless steel. No matter which one you have, you need more or different. AND THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.

I’d love to find a garage sale where they have about 500 lbs of various types of screws they will let go for 5 dollars. Perhaps some housewife who has no idea of their value.

Where do you get your fasteners? Do you get a good price on them?

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 07:41 PM

I buy mine on eBay, at flea markets, garage sales, etc.

When I need a specialty type, McMaster-Carr or Grainer or a dozen other online stores.

I usually try to buy by the thousand(s), even though I may only need <100. That way I will have some left for the next project and they are cheaper.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 07:49 PM

I know this will sound crazy, but I have walked into the big orange and the big blue stores and found boxes of fasteners to be on clearance. You can sometimes get them at 25% of their listed price. I always scan those aisles. And, if I find one I like in particular that’s on clearance, I’ll hit all the surrounding stores as well (I have about 4 of each one in a 20 minutes radius from me).

Bulk usually is the preferred method of purchase, but I do the math to make sure it’s working out properly. I do the same for bullets. :-)

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 08:44 PM

Russ, ain’t no crime to pay for a good screw. McMasters and Carr is my choice.
Sorry for the crappy humor…........(NOT).


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#4 posted 04-12-2012 08:55 PM

If it is rough construction or pine, I will use course drywall screws. I avoid the big box for the more decorative fasteners. The metal used is so soft I end up stripping the screws, even with a screwdriver. If I want a good fastener, I will shop online at McFeely's. They sell square drive screws in a variety of types. They have some decently priced sampler kits. I hit them up when they have shipping deals.

I guess what hit me one day is that I complain (endlessly) about an expensive item I buy failing because of a cheap screw, yet, I would do the same thing on some project or another. Try to get by on lower grade sandpaper or fasteners because my budget is tight. And the ironic thing is that I make my own things because I want the quality that I can’t get at a store. After that no brainer realization, I try to make sure my shop is stocked with decent blades, sandpaper, glue, and fasteners. Why go through all this trouble only to pinch pennies in the end?


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#5 posted 04-12-2012 09:17 PM

GRK screws are pricey but so efficient it’s worth it to me.


+1 for Doss

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 03:35 AM

I’m guessing either you have a gun addiction or like to buy stuff in bulk and/or on clearance… out of those choices, I’m thinking it’s more likely a that you prefer send stuff downrange.

One more place you can find them is estate sales. I have been to estate sales where they basically were giving away the fasteners, little bits, and wood but trying to get full retail on the tools. It’s crazy. I just smile and ask them if they have any more stashed away (the desk I use is a walnut mid-century piece that they sold me for next to nothing b/c the finish on it was terrible… the wood alone was worth more than the asking price).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 07:55 AM

I like the spax range of screws, not the cheapest but worth it.

I am always amazed at the huge varieties of screws available now a days, gold, turbo, silverline, wax coated, self drill etc, then of course all the different head types. The mind boggles, how did woodworkers of say, even 30-40 years ago get by let alone 100 years ago?

I have a large box filled with dozens of boxes ofscrews of vatrying gauge and lenght bought at a boot fair some years ago. The only problem is they are all sloted heads. I guess I just need that “old” project to make use of them.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 04:00 PM

All of my screws come from mcfeely’s now. Square driver is the only thing I’ll buy.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 04:17 PM

I buy all my screws in bulk from McMaster-Carr or at a local Fastenal store.

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