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Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:43 pm
by Elephone
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.

Cheers.

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:33 pm
by Martin Walker
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 ;)


Martin

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:05 pm
by James Perrett
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.

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:23 pm
by ef37a
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?

Dave.

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:54 am
by Sam Spoons
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).

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:26 am
by Brian M Rose
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.

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:17 am
by ef37a

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:45 pm
by Folderol
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?

Dave.
Should be on our list of useful contact's! I can't recall ever seeing M1.6 :shock:

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:34 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
I've added this thread to the Useful Information archive page of the forum.

Re: Sourcing tiny screws, nuts & bolts

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:59 pm
by ben howes