Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stainless Steel Fasteners

I was out replacing a faded flag, and I was reminded why I gladly pay the outrageous price to get stainless steel fasteners at times. That flagpole mount has been out in the weather for years, and those screws and washers still look fine.

The Home Depot has a pretty good selection of stainless steel items, but be prepared for a bit of sticker shock. Those four 10-32 screws plus nuts and washers would probably devour a ten dollar bill these days. But, hey, you can't have rusty screws holding up a pole for this flag, can you now?

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Further to 'outrageous price', this quite baffles me:

That 3 1/2" stainless steel hitch ring lag on the right was $6.69 at Canadian Tire. The No. 10 stainless steel flat washers next to it are 29 cents each at The Home Depot; so that little heap of twenty-two washers came to $6.38. What the bleep?

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