Spent the better part of the morning searching the local lumberyards,
hardware stores and Borgs for fully threaded hex bolts--specifically
3/8-16x6 HD Galv. Evidently, no one carries them anymore, and one of
the Borg sales staff told me he can't get 'em--something about they
don't make 'em 'cause "they're not as strong as" those with just 1" of
thread. (We both decided it was because it costs more to cut full
thread bolts.) Even struck out at Fastenal, my usually can-do
hardware place. Ended up having 'em cut up a 6' piece of SS
all-thread, just so's I could use some mollies (toggle nuts) to attach
an ACQ ledger to a clay tile foundation.
Seems like six months ago I could buy this stuff (even had one on hand
from a previous job). What the hell's happened?
McMaster-Carr is your friend. They seem a bit spendy, but they have a 10
pack in 18-8 stainless for $14.21. A quick perusal didn't locate it in
galvanized. McMaster-Carr works great for me as they have a big warehouse
right on the edge of the town I live in, so I can place an order online for
Will Call pickup.
http://www.winkfast.com/ is another good place to order bolts
online. I normally only use stainless; but I discovered that
these people sell 18-8 SS bolts for less than a lot of places
sell plain or galvanized.
I live in a big city (Houston) with lots of industry. But my experience
mirrors yours, when I shop the consumer hardware outlets. I drive a few
miles to large hardware store that caters to contractors. Their stock of
nuts and bolts is incredible. I always buy a box of 100 when I go there.
They carry full threaded hex bolts from 1/2" to 7" and also carry a full
stock of metric. They constantly restock with new stuff.
My point is not to rub salt in the wound, but to make you aware that its BS
when someone tells you its not made anymore.
I didn't for a moment think "its not made anymore". But I gotta
wonder why I can't get 'em here. It's not like I'm in the boonies,
and the building industry (residential and commercial) is booming
Previous post mentioned McMaster-Carr, and I've seen them praised here
before. I gotta get one o' their catalogs. I was surprised when
Fastenal didn't stock the HD Galv. in their store (though they do deal
more with industrial markets, not exterior construction). Previously,
I've been able to get 'em at Lowes and HoDpo, and was real surprised
they no longer carry 'em. Just frustratin' as hell.
Good luck. The way I understand it, getting on the mailing list for a M-C
catalog is like getting season tickets to Lambeau Stadium: Your parents
put you on the waiting list when you're born. That way when you get them
you're old (maybe more accurately, young) enough to use it. Fortunately,
they've got a good website.
the borg also sell crap... I bought 8 6 inch Grade 8 bolts (160,000
psi minimum) for some structural steel work. in theory I could have
made do with Grade 2 but thought for an extra few bucks why not.. I
was able to torque the heads off two of them using a 3/8ths drive
socket with a 10 inch handle (and no real effort on my part..)
the borgs comment when I took them back .. sorry exchange only...
since then I only shop the Borg when Quality does not matter.
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