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Where to buy fin screws locally?

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by mjamero » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:30 pm

Where is a good local place to buy bolts for fins? (ie, inexpensive, in stock, selection). I need M6 stainless Phillips of various length. The box hardware stores don't carry this type of thing. Ideally in Richmond or nearby would be nice.
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by ZeroR2 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:40 pm

Pacific Fasteners is good.
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by grantmac » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:01 am

I got a whole box of different ones on Amazon in Torx because I'm slowly phasing out Philips head stuff.
Ideally I'd like to find footstrap screws in Torx and also set screws for my slot boxes. I think Severne might be doing all Torx on their boards now.
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by mjamero » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:03 pm

ZeroR2 wrote:Pacific Fasteners is good.


Thanks ZeroR2. I'll check them out the next time I'm out that way.
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by mjamero » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:08 pm

grantmac wrote:I got a whole box of different ones on Amazon in Torx because I'm slowly phasing out Philips head stuff.
Ideally I'd like to find footstrap screws in Torx and also set screws for my slot boxes. I think Severne might be doing all Torx on their boards now.


Interesting Grant. What is the main motivation? Stripped screw heads, or maybe theft prevention? I agree Phillips can be a pain (sometimes literally).

Torx or even hex could be good. Hex might strip too easy though.
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by Bryanl » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:35 pm

Try Steveston Marine
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by grantmac » Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:51 pm

Stainless is fairly soft so it strips easily. Torx spreads the load onto a bunch of basically parallel surfaces so it's very hard to strip. Unlike Phillips you don't need to press to get traction so way less risk of putting a screwdriver through the board (seen it happen with a footstrap).
Foils have a bunch of fasteners and the effort to drive them with torx is much less, especially seating a deep tuttle mast.
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by Michael » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:11 pm

Bryanl wrote:Try Steveston Marine
I was going to mention Steveston as well.

grantmac wrote:I got a whole box of different ones on Amazon

Hey Grant can you post the link, I'd like to check them out.
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by grantmac » Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:16 am

I just looked for an assortment of M6 T30.
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by jumpjyber » Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:59 am

Here ya go.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B07KR58FC ... asin_title

100 pieces, I paid $19 -the smaller two sizes work nicely for power box, and Tuttle boxes
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