Do I always have to DIY for things like 5/16" 10-32 cap nuts?

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Old 06-02-13, 08:14 AM
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Do I always have to DIY for things like 5/16" 10-32 cap nuts?

With the antiques I work on, this has been a problem for years. The head/socket size on older hardware/fasteners is often smaller, comparing the same size threads.

When I try to google something like "5/16" 10-32", I come up dead empty, zero relevant results. Is there a secret?
 
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Old 06-02-13, 08:22 AM
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"5/16" 10-32 makes no since to me.
Are you trying to search for a 10-32 screw that 5/16 long?
If so you may have better luck trying 10-32 X 5/16.
If your looking for cap nuts then all you need is the thread size not the head size.
Need them all to match, just replace them all if there differant sized heads.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 10:59 AM
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Cap Nut

Thread size 10-32?
Wrench size 5/16?
 
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Old 06-02-13, 03:03 PM
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Yes.... I'm taking about socket size. (why do I have to repeat myself?) The current standard for 10-32 is 3/8" and only 3/8", that I've been able to find.

And no... replacing the cap nuts, or replacing the parts in any other situation with a new set, is not an option in my case(s).
 
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Old 06-02-13, 03:45 PM
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Yes.... I'm taking about socket size.
Bolts and machine screws are not sold by wrench size so you need to use the actual fastener size.

The current standard for 10-32 is 3/8" and only 3/8", that I've been able to find.
But no law says it has to be. Working on cars I actually saw bolts that used one size wrench for the head and a different size for the nut. Bottom line wrench size does not conclusively define fastener size and you are confusing your own search if you include it.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ray2047
Bottom line wrench size does not conclusively define fastener size and you are confusing your own search if you include it.
But that IS my bottom line. I DO need parts of both a certain wrench AND thread. The 5/16" 10-32 nuts are only one example, for the sake of simplicity.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 06:56 PM
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I seriously doubt any site would list them that way... but I have been proven wrong many times.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 07:24 PM
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Nick.....have you tried a good old fashioned hardware store. I have one in my town that has pull out bins from years ago with a lot of older parts. I can always count on them to have some oddball fastener.
 
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Old 06-03-13, 07:07 AM
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Or try a company like Fastenal.
If your near a city there's almost always a company that sells nothing but fastners.
 
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Old 06-04-13, 12:00 AM
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Joe is correct, try a large city looking for companies that sell fasteners. In the Seattle area we have Tacoma Screw Products and John Perine. I don't think either company does any Internet sales and you might have a problem buying small quantities.

You can also try the hobbyist companies and such that cater to model builders. One such company is Micro Mark. Shop Small Hobby Tools & Miniature Tools from Micro Mark

Look also for companies selling to the live steam hobby or scale model railroading.
 
 

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