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#1 posted 12-18-2018 11:10 PM

If you insist on using Stainless, get some graphite on the threads before you tighten the nuts. A little lubrication from the graphite should stop the galling. The stuff they sell for lubricating locks should work just fine. Way back in my submarine days we did this on SS fittings to prevent galling.

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Whoa! Do you mean to tell me that my wild-ass guess has been confirmed by a former submariner! That is way cool! A submarine would be a logical place for corrosion resistant stainless steel fasteners. For most everyday applications SS is not the best way to go.

The Fastenal reference mentions lubrication, but I don’t recall if they suggested graphite. That would be a lot neater than having oil dripping down the legs of your bench.

PS: Being somewhat claustrophobic, I am always in awe of anyone who could serve on a submarine. It must have been an incredible experience. The technology fascinates me, but only from the comfort of my armchair. Sort of like mountain climbing.

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