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#37413 - 04/27/04 08:02 PM Screw Hunting...
Attic Rat Offline
Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 524
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
...I once bought a box of 10-32 x 1" self-tapping/drilling, hex head,stainless steel screws..tho' Ive been told they don't make such an animal.I've searched everywhere,and the only thing I can come up with is a "thread-cutting" screw..with that,ya gotta drill a pilot hole first,then thread in your screw in..With the other,ya just drill it in with your 5/16 hex-bit,and you're done..I know I'm not cracking up..(yet)...has anyone seen,or used this kind of screw..?
I use them for bonding ground lugs on FS boxes,and swimming pool ladders,structural members etc..I then attach a 10-32 nut,and cinch it up real tight,to make a good bond...
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#37414 - 04/27/04 08:48 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2527
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
AR — In a pinch, McMaster-Carr is a fairly decent industrial-hardware house.
#37415 - 04/27/04 09:04 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: North Chicago, IL
MCMaster Carr is the BOMB, baby!

They may not have the lowest prices, but if you need a left handed wire twist remover, they'll have it!
#37416 - 04/27/04 09:36 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
Big Jim Offline
Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 394
Loc: Denver, CO USA
As soon as anybody says stainless, the first thing that comes to mind is aircraft supply houses. I do some restoration on older vehicles and I have a place that has 5/32 stainless steel closed-end flat head pop rivets on the shelf. Try and find them in a hardware store. Check you local phone book.
#37417 - 04/28/04 05:43 AM Re: Screw Hunting...
NJwirenut Offline
Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 806
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
McMaster-Carr part number:

90106A219--unslotted hex head, SS #10 x 1" self drilling screw.

The "10-32" requirement may be what is killing you. I have never seen a self drilling machine screw, only the thread forming type. Self drillers are generally a sheet metal screw type of thread. If you need a 10-32 machine screw thread, thread formers would be the way to go.

[This message has been edited by NJwirenut (edited 04-28-2004).]
#37418 - 04/28/04 02:43 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
SteveMc Offline
Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 62
Loc: Rock Hill, SC
I can't find the code reference at the moment, but a self-drilling (tek) screw is not allowed to be used to attach a ground lug. The hole must be drilled and tapped.
#37419 - 04/28/04 02:59 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
There are Tek screws available with machine threads instead of typical sheet metal threads.

These Teks with machine threads are not prohibited for grounding use.

Here is the code that prohibits sheet metal screws.

250.8 Connection of Grounding and Bonding Equipment.
Grounding conductors and bonding jumpers shall be connected by exothermic welding, listed pressure connectors, listed clamps, or other listed means. Connection devices or fittings that depend solely on solder shall not be used. Sheet metal screws shall not be used to connect grounding conductors to enclosures.

Here is a picture of a Tek screw with true machine threads.

[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 04-28-2004).]
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#37420 - 04/28/04 03:50 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
JCooper Offline
Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 228
Loc: Kendall Park, NJ USA
Mcmaster is one of those places I would like to run free like a kid in a candy store, and seeing as how I can look out my front door and almost see them, only about 200' down the road, maybe they will let me... or I can wait till it gets dark... Find my bfh....
#37421 - 04/28/04 05:02 PM Re: Screw Hunting...
maintenanceguy Offline
Registered: 12/02/01
Posts: 300
Loc: Southern NJ, USA
I've had a couple of emergencies where I needed something really weird right now! I've called mcmaster and picked up at the plant. Thousands of feet of conveyor belts all criss-crossing each other as boxes are being automatically bumped from one conveyor to the next.

They didn't let me play with anything.
#37422 - 04/29/04 12:20 AM Re: Screw Hunting...
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1428
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Id NEVER heard of this place!!!!

A supply house open on Saturdays!?!? in LA!
My boss is gonna have an account for us there yesterday!


I spent 3 hours trying to find these for a deli owner with $27K worth of "Boarshead" meat in a walk in cooler on a dead panel! at 2pm on a Saturday(feeder was loose, arced the back of the panel, put everything back together... "where's the breaker?".. "what breaker?" "for the panel?" "Oh, you mean the fuses?".. "ummmmm..."

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