You Would Think It Impossible

But EVERY. FUCKING. TIME. some little project I just happen to currently be working on lately needs some kind of fastener, I don’t have it.

I literally have THOUSANDS of them but it never fails.

I know why that is too.

Most everything is fucking Metric these days.

I don’t have shit for metric fasteners.

Everything I have collected over the years, including most of the HUNDREDS of dollars worth of shit I have purchased just in the last year, has had standard threads.


WTF, just last weekend I had to make a special trip to the hardware store to get TWO,  6X25 mm metric countersunk head screws. The motherfuckers cost a dollar twenty apiece too.

Just for shits and grins, I went and checked the same size and type of screw in a standard thread pitch and they were twenty cents each.

So it was a FIVE to ONE price difference.

Cocksuckers anyway.

So now I need six, 6X20 mm socket head screws.

I have to drill out the holes for the heads so that they sit below flush for clearance issues.

Since it’s 9:45 P.M., I get to wait until morning to make another run to the hardware store.

Since I need six of the damn things, I’m going to get twenty of them and start a whole new storage section just for metric shit. I’m not going to go crazy with it but a few of the more common sizes and types that I seem to run into.

Just where am I going to put it because I barely have room to turn around as it is?

Good question.

It may be That Time again.

Every once in a Blue Moon I get a wild hair up my ass and go Full On Ruthless.

Shit that I have carried around for thirty years has been known to get pitched out the door into a pile, picked up, thrown in the back of the rig and hauled to the dump without remorse.

It’s rare but it does happen.

Of course you all know what happens immediately after that though, right?

13 thoughts on “You Would Think It Impossible

  1. LMAO!
    Over here I sometimes have the same trouble – with imperial thread measurements. Bur since it’s usually just the 1/2“-20 UNF, i bought me the drill bits and tools to make that „exotic“ threads and nuts myself. Saves space 😉

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  2. My John Deere riding mower is a mixture of metric and US standard parts. The nuts and bolts holding the battery are metric. I discovered this a year or so ago when it was necessary to replace the original battery. Space did not allow use of my Crescent wrench, and none of my US standard wrenches would grip the nuts. So I now own a set of metric wrenches.


  3. Some years back, I installed one of Boyd’s stocks on a Savage MKII 22LR. On the page for the stock, there was a little blurb that said you needed longer action screws since the new stock was thicker that the original and they had a link to a suggested place to purchase them. I hit the link and found some machine shop selling 12-32 x ??? long screws for $5 ea plus shipping. Eff that says I. I swung by Lowes, the local surplus place, both MSC and McMaster-Carr websites…nothing. Did a little web search for that screw and the first hit was a link to a Savage forum where a guy explained that this was one of the only applications for a 12-32 machine screw in existence and you should just suck it up and buy them. So I tucked tail and bought them. Ended up with a sweet rifle.

    I’d like to have a chat with the engineer who decided that he couldn’t use either a 1/4-28 or 10-32 screw.


  4. They sell those plastic parts bins, maybe 18″ tall, 12″ wide and full of little plastic drawers? That is a fine place to keep a small selection of metric hardware. The cabinet does not take a lot of room and I have my hardware in one spot.
    If I need one or two of a nut I don’t have I’ll buy several (often a bag, sometimes a box, It depends on the price) and put them in a drawer and write on the drawer what it is for next time.


  5. Fasteners are a nightmare. Every time I need something, I buy twice or 5x what I need so I have some for next time. 90% of “next time” it’s a different screw. I expanded into one of those plastic parts bins Rob mentions years ago, and it’s slowly filling.

    I find that for most hardware I can wander around town, but I end up at Bolt Depot. If I need 2, I buy 10. A lot of the time I get the first quantity size they sell, because 10 or 15 at the single piece price is just about that price.


  6. The Blue four drawer cabinet is made by Durham and it is very popular with
    field service mechanics. Two of them fit the wide compartments above the
    rear wheels of utility beds with room to put a shelf above them. They have
    a ton of different plastic compartment trays available.


  7. Here is what I have learned to do.
    There are metal scrap yards all over the country. They buy scrap machinery and aluminum cans and such, but they also often sell. The one I go to charges very little.
    About three times each month, I put work clothes on, grab my tool bag, and drive over there. I will spend most of a day pulling fasteners off of scrapped machine tools and factory equipment. I don’t remember what they charge exactly, but it is all by weight. I can usually fill a couple of 5 gallon buckets with mostly stainless machine screws, set screws, and the like, and pay less than $20.00. Maybe once every couple of months, I motivate myself to sort the nuts bolts and washers from the buckets into my wall of metal bins.
    Obviously, you need the discipline to spend time sorting, or it quickly becomes a problem. I have lots of bins and a really good label maker, also a very large shop, and it has worked out really well for me.


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