3mm snap ring?

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Old 10-05-13, 01:28 PM
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3mm snap ring?

Hi, I need to repair an item and I need a stainless steel 3mm snap ring and washer. Do you have any idea where I could go to ask for one or two? Big box stores do not even carry such small size... any "creative" idea would be appreciated
 
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Old 10-05-13, 01:36 PM
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Computer shop that works on printers or business equipment (copiers, fax, printer) repair shop. Possibly a vending or amusement machine (pinball machines) repair place.
 
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Unless your willing to buy a box of them, your going to be super lucky to find a stainless steel one.
Someplace that repairs power tools may have some that small, just not in stainless.
 
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Old 10-05-13, 06:23 PM
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The piece belongs to a Swiss Army water jug and it's part of the mechanism to pour more water. This part will be in contact, or submerged, with drinking water. I tried to look online even for full boxes, but I haven't found stainless steel ones. Do you think printers use stainless steel hardware Gunguy54? joecaption1, where do I buy a box of those?
 
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Old 10-05-13, 07:45 PM
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In the link below..... Graingers has the snap rings. I don't know if they will sell to just anyone online. To buy in the stores you need an account.

GRAINGER Retain Ring, Ext, Dia 3mm, PK 10 - Retaining Rings - 5DA32|DE-2.3SA

Here's a whole boatload for less. Not sure of the quality.
100pcs 3mm Stainless Steel E Clip Snap Ring Circlip | eBay

Washers too. Also found 3mm washers there too.
Flat Washer A4 Stainless Steel Plain Fits M3 ID 3 2mm OD 7mm PK 100 | eBay
 
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Old 10-06-13, 02:37 AM
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Thank PJmax, I am looking for the type of retaining ring that has the two holes for the pliers and makes almost a 360 degrees contact. I will search again online starting from your pointers, thanks!
 
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Old 10-06-13, 01:31 PM
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I think those are called circlip or retaining ring snap rings. No where near as many venders of this style in metric. I did find several large commercial supply companies but the lot size was gigantic. One is below.

Try searching for "3mm stainless steel retaining snap rings"


American Ring and Tool - Specializing in snap rings
 
 

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