I lost one of my nuts.
Actually, it was the table saw spindle nut used to keep the saw blade
in place on my contractor saw.
Needed to change blades.
As I was taking the nut loose, dropped it onto the pile of saw dust
under the blade.
NBD, this has happened before, just reach down and get it.
Ah, but this time is different, the little rascal has sunk into the
NBD, will just sift the saw dust and retrieve my nut.
Not this time.
Sifted thru probably 15 gallons of saw dust, but no nut.
Maybe the heat made me careless, maybe it was fate, but that nut was
not to be found.
2 blocks away is a pretty decent hardware store.
Since it is a 5/8" shaft, get a 5/8-11 (coarse) and a 5/8-18 (fine),
left hand threaded nut and head back to the yard.
Looking at the shaft, it was obviously a coarse thread, but surprise,
a standard 5/8-11 H nut doesn't fit.
Done for the day, no work accomplished.
Next day, call my home town hardware, who specializes in selling wood
working tools, along with being a pretty good general hardware store,
and ask if they stock any parts for my saw.
They want a model number, which I give them, since there is more than
one nut for these saws.
YES, they have one.
They didn't smile, they didn't use Vasoline, they just said, "That
will be $8.00".
A lesson learned.
HANG ONTO YOUR NUTS.