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Old 03-25-2006, 09:35 AM
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Default Nuts and Bolts source

I still go to Home Depot to get nuts and bolts and everytime I do I want to kill myself. Can someone suggest a place to get auto quality, metric nuts and bolts.

I am in Broomfield.
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Old 03-25-2006, 11:28 AM
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http://www.aaametric.com/ out of the way but worth the trip if you buy common used sizes in bulk.
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Old 03-25-2006, 12:06 PM
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Try Ace Hardware or True Value. Much better for every size of grade 8. I have no idea why Home Depot has such a sorry selection...
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McGuckin's Hardware in Boulder has a very complete, old fashioned hardware section. Nothing is packaged, you buy what you want in the quantity you want.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:11 AM
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If you have a Lowe's in the area, they usually have a very good selection of metric and even metric stainless bolts.
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Lowe's (at least the one at I25/Arapahoe) got rid of the nut/bolt bins and went with the prepackaged bits. Don't know if they still have the stainless parts or not...

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Lowe's (at least the one at I25/Arapahoe) got rid of the nut/bolt bins and went with the prepackaged bits. Don't know if they still have the stainless parts or not...

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Murdochs has a good selection of bins, Ace does too. AA Trading post seems to have more than a standard Ace but it may be the same in a smaller building. It's impossible for a comp slave worker to get to aaametric during the week.
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No hardware store I have ever been to (and I spend a LOT of time in hardware stores) has proper JIS metric. Neither does AAA (BTDT). I either special order from Fastenal or buy from dealer.

Short primer: Two main kinds of metric (1) DIN/ISO is what you find in hardware stores. For example an M8 x 1.25 fastener will have a 13mm head. (2) JIS is Japanese Industrial Standard. That same M8 x 1.25 fastener will have the proper 12mm head. Makes a big difference in certain applications, such as where clearance is an issue. For example carb mounting nuts and exhaust flanges. Smaller difference is not having to carry 13mm or 15mm wrenches.

Dealer pricing on fasteners is surprisingly competitive with aftermarket. When I buy from fastenal I buy 100 lots for good price breaks. Note that there are a fair number of special sized fasteners which are really best gotten from dealer, examples include exhaust and engine/tranny related fasteners.
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