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Is the SS screws, nuts and bolts from Home Depot good enough?

Old 02-20-2018, 11:39 AM
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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.
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YES. I Use ss crews etc from Lowes. Same difference
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:46 AM
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I personally would not. The Home Depot hardware is 304 grade SS and will tarnish in the marine environment. Iíve seen a few West Marine parts stamped as 316 grade but Iím not sure if every piece is - might be worth asking. It may be a few bucks more at WM but worth it for the convenience of buying only a few bolts at a time. Places like McMaster sell good quality hardware online but usually comes in packs of large quantities.
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Yes....but I find myself buying a bulk pack from Fastenal and have aquired a large collection of fasteners. Usually a pack of 100 is the same price as 10-15 pieces from HD/Lowes.
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As far as I know, West Marine says their stuff is "8-18".....same as 304.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by oneoverpar View Post
It sure is a lot less expensive than West Marine!
is there any item to which that statement does not apply?

There are two commonly available "flavors" of stainless steel fasteners;

Type 304 (also referred to as "18-8" ) and Type 316

Type 304 is more common, less expensive, and slightly less corrosion resistant than 316.

Fasteners for sale as "stainless steel" - not specifically identified as 316, are likely to be 304.

In which case it doesn't matter where you buy them. They likely all come from "Asia".
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I heard a lot of horror stories about the Lowes stainless. I have tried not to use it in visible locations figuring it was going to stain quickly. So far I have been pleasantly surprised, and not had issues. It has also passed the magnet test any time I have tried.

I don't know if it is 316 vs. 304 or similar, but it has been ok for me. I am still trying to keep it away from exposed locations, but that might be unnecessary.
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For something like a VHF antenna mount, I'd probably use Lowes/HD stainless as it's not a critical structural piece. If I were say, bolting a rub rail, bolting a T-top/console, etc. I'd go to McMaster Carr or Fastenal and get the real stuff. Beware though: 316 SS is weaker than 304 SS.

If you really want to see crazy, look at the prices of Alloy 20 bolts. Bought about 10k worth of those at work last year. YIKES
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Thanks everyone for the honest answers! The reality is that I boat mainly on fresh water with occasional salt though that may change soon.
I picked up the supplies at Home Depot today. Worst case is that someday I can change it out if it gets funky!
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my Ace hardware carries 316 stainless

mcmaster carr is where I buy in bulk
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https://marineboltsupply.com/Stainle...teel-Hex-Bolts
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316. Anything else gets tossed. Jmho.
Ace so far.
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I got a bunch of ss at west marine after xmas for 60% off.
Marine fasteners has a huge selection, have to buy in bulk
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Lowes and HD stainless is garbage. I will pay extra for quality 316 stainless so I only have to do the project once.
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I have a super Ace store near me with two aisles of fasteners, great selection of 316 SS.
Price is not an issue for me since I buy small quantities.
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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.
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Yup. Ace is the place. Never a problem with their stainless steel and they have 3-4 isles of marine supplies. That's my go to place before West Marine.
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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)
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Originally Posted by COrocket View Post
I personally would not. The Home Depot hardware is 304 grade SS and will tarnish in the marine environment. Iíve seen a few West Marine parts stamped as 316 grade but Iím not sure if every piece is - might be worth asking. It may be a few bucks more at WM but worth it for the convenience of buying only a few bolts at a time. Places like McMaster sell good quality hardware online but usually comes in packs of large quantities.

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Old 02-21-2018, 04:54 AM
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I am a big fan on Bolt Depot...I find it easier to use than the other suppliers and they have 316

Not sure what shipping is they are local to me but I canít imagine itís much
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