I have a generator with a Briggs & Stratton engine that I need to find a
bolt for. I'm fairly sure that the hole is 1/4", but the threads are not the
standard 20 threads per inch. I've checked both Lowes and HD and the only
1/4" bolts I can find are 20 tpi, even in the specialty fastener drawers.
I tried a few metric bolts and found that a 6mm bolt with 1 thread per
millimeter was a pretty close fit, screwing in about a turn and a half
6mm = 0.24" which leads me to believe that 1/4" is the correct size bolt.
1 thread per mm is equivalent to 25.4 threads per inch, so the bolt I need
is likely 24 or 26 threads per inch.
What's a good source for relatively non-standard bolts like this?
go on the newsgroup below and you will surely get an answer:
rec.crafts.metalworking alot of engineer people on that group...
i would go to a Ace Hardware store, the one by me has just about any
bolt, nut or screw you could think of... if you can put the generator in
the back of your truck and drive up to the front door the employee will
come out and check it out.. kinda alot of work for a 50 bolt, but they
do it in my area.. not gonna get a home depot guy to do that for you....
This is Turtle.
I bought a Briggs 3.5 H.P. Edger and had trouble with a front pulley and I
call the toll free number to briggs and describe the parts and they sent me
one by UPS and every bolt, screw, and washer it took to install it. They
have every part you want and you descriobe what part it is and model number
of engine and they got it. They charged me about $20.00 for it and the
universial that did not fit cost me $12.00. Call them with model number and
just pay about $2.00 for it and $4.00 to ship it to you. You can charge it
on your dicover card too. I bought me a new one about 3 months ago and got
tied of fixing the old one after 15 years of use.
Call Briggs and get a OEM bolt to fit it.
They got a website too, but you'll have to look it up. Just send an
email and ask what the thread is, and if nothing else, order it from
them. Also, a local mower/small engine shop may have one in stock.
Look in your phone book for mowers or small engines.
HD has a poor hardware selection. They have the "standard"
screws hanging in bags on the wall like 8-32, 10-24, 1/4-20
etc, then they have "standard" bolts in a similar fashion in
the open bins below. The hardware store type boxes in between
only hold specialty stuff like cotter pins, keys, c-rings, etc.
They have no selection of tpi in a given size.
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