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Old 02-21-2018, 05:32 AM
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X2 for BOLT DEPOT...

Shipping not to bad.... great customer service and very high quality
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:35 AM
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I'm with the Ace bandwagon also.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:49 AM
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Lowes and HD SS hardware is way expensive compared to an actual hardware store in my experience. The first test for SS is to make sure a magnet doesn't stick to it. 316 is best.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:07 AM
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Let’s me think about this a minute. You probably need four bolts, 8 washers and 4 nuts to fasten the SS mount, and a sealer as a bedding compound. How much money and time are you going to save shopping around to save on 12 pieces of hardware. The bedding compound will probably cost as much as the hardware. Please don’t use cheap screws and bathroom caulk for the bedding compound. One more thing. If I had to use a substandard fastener, I would want it where I could observe it and replace it before it failed.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by oneoverpar View Post
It sure is a lot less expensive than West Marine!
I am changing my VHF antenna mount out with a new SS adjustable and need new hardware.
No. Hardware store SS generally has higher iron content. Not for marine use.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:20 AM
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Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, and every other hardware store out here all sell the same type 304 (aka 18-8) stainless steel fasteners. Check the manufacture's name on the hardware if you are concerned.
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Originally Posted by P G T Beauregard View Post
No. Hardware store SS generally has higher iron content. Not for marine use.
Totally false.
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No!!! It is junk. Rusts out in a year or less. Can't hold up to the saltwater at all
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
Totally false.
Maybe if you are on the coast but not inland in NC anyway. Why do you think it’s cheaper?
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by krabill View Post
I agree with ACE.

I bought a number of the west marine stainless fastener kits on their clearance sale and the damn heads keep wringing off, they are almost unusable (even with a pilot hole)
That's probably because the West Marine ones were 316 stainless, which is more corrosion resistant but softer than 304.
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Originally Posted by scott_gunn View Post
That's probably because the West Marine ones were 316 stainless, which is more corrosion resistant but softer than 304.
West Marine does not sell 316 fasteners, they sell 304 like everybody else.

As to why West Marine costs more than The Home Depot, I'll let you figure that out on your own.
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Originally Posted by skmag357 View Post
No!!! It is junk. Rusts out in a year or less. Can't hold up to the saltwater at all
No, it doesn't. Not all of it at least. I have used it in several locations as a test in a SFL boat stored outside on a lift, without any discoloration at all, much less outright rust. I have not put the West Marine or BOW stuff in side by side and tested it with repeated dunking, and I would not be surprised if it were better, but the Lowes stuff has not been junk.

It has also not been magnetic.


The PO on my current boat did use a bunch of the self-drilling stainless screws. Those all rusted and all failed with a magnet. I don't know where he got them or if they used a harder alloy so they were capable as self-drilling screws (not self-tapping), but they all sucked and made a mess.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
West Marine does not sell 316 fasteners, they sell 304 like everybody else.

As to why West Marine costs more than The Home Depot, I'll let you figure that out on your own.
West Marine where I live sells only 316. Maybe it varies in different locations.
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:04 AM
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https://www.boltdepot.com/

I dont know how it can get any easier than this.... and they are very high quality.
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Originally Posted by scott_gunn View Post
West Marine where I live sells only 316. Maybe it varies in different locations.
Perhaps, but I suspect you are mistaken. I've never seen 316 for sale at either of my two local West Marines, and I do have a neighborhood hardware store that sells some 316 in addition to their extensive selection of 304.

Also, every stainless steel fastener listed on West Marine's web site is shown as "18-8". Nothing comes up for a search for 316 fasteners.
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https://www.mcmaster.com/#about-stai...steel/=1bo1jyq
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
West Marine does not sell 316 fasteners, they sell 304 like everybody else.

As to why West Marine costs more than The Home Depot, I'll let you figure that out on your own.
I’d have to be really smart like you to figure out.
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
Perhaps, but I suspect you are mistaken. I've never seen 316 for sale at either of my two local West Marines, and I do have a neighborhood hardware store that sells some 316 in addition to their extensive selection of 304.

Also, every stainless steel fastener listed on West Marine's web site is shown as "18-8". Nothing comes up for a search for 316 fasteners.
I've found it there before. And yes, I know what to look for.

Quick google search:

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/fasco...13_390_003_507

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/fasco...20--P005378740
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Originally Posted by DreamWeaver21 View Post
It is good enough but I too have started to seek out 316 for my stuff just to keep it looking better longer. As noted, Ace has a smallish selection of 316 (they call it "marine grade"). I also ordered some 316 kits online. Seems to be good stuff and nice to have around versus running to the store all the time.

Fresh water, either stainless will do. Salt water, either will do as well but 316 will not rust as fast.
+1 on keeping a moderate quantity on hand. Fewer trips to the store = more time actually working on the boat, which leads to more time in the water.
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
Perhaps, but I suspect you are mistaken. I've never seen 316 for sale at either of my two local West Marines, and I do have a neighborhood hardware store that sells some 316 in addition to their extensive selection of 304.

Also, every stainless steel fastener listed on West Marine's web site is shown as "18-8". Nothing comes up for a search for 316 fasteners.
I hope I'm not mistaken because I've recently used some, lol. But maybe so. I'll definitely double check next time I go in because I've been willingly paying more by making that assumption after poor results with Home Depot 304 stainless.
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