Saturday, December 08, 2012

I was going to say something about the Unexpected! news

that the economy actually sucks, and has for a long time, but somehow this escaped media attention until after the election, but I'm betting most everyone who reads my stuff already knows about it.  And feels about the whore journalists about the same way I do.  So screw that.

It should be noted that, if you need to replace a screw or bolt or nut of odd size, most Ace Hardware stores have a nice selection of the things.   Standard and metric.

Also, a 4-40 socket-head cap screw has enough meat in the head that you can cut it down to remove the socket-head part and have plenty left so shape into a nice, low, domed head.
And a jewelers saw with a thick(for them) blade cuts a nice slot for the screwdriver.
Those screws blue nicely, too.


Gerry N. said...

True Value has a good selecton as well. If you need a slightly wider screw driver slot, install two blades side by side if your saw frame allows it. I've done than for years when grubbing around in a hardware store is inconvenient or they don't have what I need.

There are dozens of small repairs and fabrications clattering about the Pac. Northwet with my hand made doo-hickuses and thigngamajigs in, and on them. More than one boat owner over the years was curious where I got the part needed to get something running. I just pointed to my head and said: "Out of here."

Gerry N.

Anonymous said...

"Ace Hardware stores have a nice selection of the things. Standard and metric."

And in steel, stainless and brass. I think that one 'misc hardware' aisle is the only thing keeping the Ace store open in my town.