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Old 10-08-20, 03:55 PM
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Thread cutting screw substitute

I have a Kenmore he3 dryer (circa 2001) (model # 110.82832100) that required a new handle. As I removed the front door cover (made of plastic) I noticed that many of the posts holding in the screws had broken. I ordered and received a new door frame but no screws came with. So, I started searching for the screw pack (STD601105) and it is harder to find than hens' teeth. Out of stock, no longer available, special order, etc., etc.

So I went to look online for thread cutting screws and the only ones I can find are sold only in quantities in the thousands. The smallest was a 100 but they only sell to other businesses (of which I am not). I need 8.

Does anyone know or had some success with other type of screws in this situation. Specifically I was wondering about self-drilling or self-tapping screws as they are more readily available . Thanks
 
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Old 10-08-20, 04:22 PM
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Just use the ones from the old machine, every appliance I have ever taken apart were just normal hex head sheet metal/tek screws!
 
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Old 10-08-20, 04:27 PM
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You can reuse the old screws. Hold the broken plastic leg with a pliers and take the screw out.

It's hard to tell from looking at the picture what actual size those are.
I see you are in Canada. I would normally recommend checking at the local hardware store. Not sure if you have one in your area.

Self drilling will not work well as the drill point is too long.
Those are self tapping machine screws. Many different screws will work but they need to fit. Too large and the new plastic mounting legs will snap off.
 
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These are not hex; they are pan head and sized 10-32 although the 32 looks to be a bit high compared to the screws I do have left. I don't have all the screws as over the years as posts broke, the screws ended up "somewhere". Thus the need for a new set.
 
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ACE HARDWARE usually has a large assortment of screws. For some items there are small plastic bags available on each isle so the screws can be counted and the price / screw written on the bag for ease of identification at check out.
 
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Old 10-08-20, 04:36 PM
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Mfg description...... screw - pan head - self threading - 10-32 x 1/2"
 
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PJMax, I was able to measure the thread outside diameter and I got 3/16" or 0.1875 which gave me the #10 size. The 32 thread count seems high, as I mentioned, as the screw I have looks closest to the one to the right of the circled three screws in your pic. The only difference is that mine have a lower thread in between the higher set of threads.


 
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SandburRanch, we don't have Ace Hardware up here but we have lots of others. Most just seem to carry self-drilling screws for the masses.
 
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type t vs type f points

As to the thread-cutting screw question earlier, the screws I have are type T (23 in some notations). Can type F screws be used in their place?
 
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PJmax, The screw I have is 5/8". Wonder why they are showing 1/2" in mfr's description?
 
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Old 10-09-20, 07:56 PM
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I don't know.
Depending on how long the plastic standoff is..... the length of the screw isn't critical unless it's longer than the standoff.
 
 

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