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Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Elephone » Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:43 pm

Hello. I'm just wondering, now Maplins has gone(?) where do you source very specific sizes of tiny screws, nuts & bolts?

I need nuts and bolts that will fit a specific hole by fractions of a mm and they need to be longer than you'd usually find for the thickness of nut. They're larger than eye-glasses screws I need.

If I buy off eBay, I know I'll end up with 100s of nuts & bolts I'll never use.

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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:33 pm

Damn - I was going to suggest eBay, and you've already ruled that out :headbang:

However, I've bought quite a lot of screws/bolts/washers via various eBay outlets at very low prices, so as long as you don't go overboard you ought not to end up with wardrobes full of unwanted metalware ;)


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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby James Perrett » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:05 pm

I'd probably pop down to my local hardware shop - we still have a proper traditional hardware shop in town with rows of small drawers of goodies behind the counter. If they didn't have it I'd be looking at places like Toolstation.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby ef37a » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:23 pm

We still have a "Model Shop" in our town. Sells airplane, ship and other model kits. I have bought M3 studding from them in the past and I am sure they keep a range of "BA" fastenings. I would bet you want 8, possibly 10BA.

Or, if you just want a few a watchmaker could probably make them on a lathe?

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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:54 am

ToolStation and Screwfix have a very limited range (though for 4, 5 &6 mm A2 SS allen bolts and nuts ToolStation are incredibly cheap if they have the lengths you need).
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Brian M Rose » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:26 am

Just how Tiny do you mean?
Metric screws down to M4 or slightly less are pretty easy as has been said.
Really small, probably Watch Part suppliers (look them up depending where you are based.)
What are they for, because apart from microphones, headphones etc, standard Metric screws should be fine.
A tiny box of assorted equally tiny screws will cost about £30.00.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby ef37a » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:17 am

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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Folderol » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:45 pm

ef37a wrote:http://www.anglianfasteners.co.uk/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01parent=18&cntnt01hierarchyid=21&cntnt01returnid=18&cntnt01productid=54&cntnt01returnid=18

^ Worth an email?

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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby MikeGorman » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:56 pm

I’ve been using http://www.modelfixings.co.uk for years, especially for their black hex screws. They even do some panel fixing screws that are similar to those fitted on some old synths. I would thoroughly recommend them.

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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:22 pm

MikeGorman wrote:I’ve been using http://www.modelfixings.co.uk for years, especially for their black hex screws. They even do some panel fixing screws that are similar to those fitted on some old synths. I would thoroughly recommend them.

Wow - that IS a good selection, even including rarities (to me anyway) such as penny washers and dome nuts 8-)


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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Wonks » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:03 pm

Even B&Q do penny washers, Martin.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby wireman » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:54 pm

Last year I got fed up with not having exactly the right size of (wood) scew for various small jobs.
I ended up filling a Stanley organizer with A4 screws from Westfield Fasteners.

At the time they were a good choice for what I was looking for so I add them to the nice list already covered in this thread. In particular I could purchase in reasonable pack sizes.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Kwackman » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:42 pm

wireman wrote: A4 screws from Westfield Fasteners.

I have used them in recent months getting bolts/nuts etc for a motorcycle restoration. Very helpful when I have queries about sizes, and fast to deliver too. Plus I found their website easy to navigate.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby resistorman » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:07 pm

Here in the US, it's much cheaper to drill holes in a penny than to buy a washer. See if bitcoin can match that!
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby wireman » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:20 am

resistorman wrote:Here in the US, it's much cheaper to drill holes in a penny than to buy a washer. See if bitcoin can match that!

How about collecting old ones, selling for scrap and buying washers with the profits?
No doubt the lawmakers have already stamped down on this idea.
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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:31 pm

Kwackman wrote:
wireman wrote: A4 screws from Westfield Fasteners.

I have used them in recent months getting bolts/nuts etc for a motorcycle restoration. Very helpful when I have queries about sizes, and fast to deliver too. Plus I found their website easy to navigate.

And they have plenty of brass bolt options for we steampunkers! 8-)


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Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

Postby Frank Eleveld » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:06 am

I would also think model kits, especially trains and airplanes. The latter seem to have fallen out of fashion now that drones are so popular, but there are still some suppliers around, at least here in the Netherlands.

Another good source is dismantling old gear. If something can’t be fixed it’s sometimes worth taking it apart and scavaging the good parts.
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