Common Fastener Types and Sizes

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Forum topic by milbert posted 01-06-2014 06:21 AM 1139 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 06:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: screws bolts nuts washers shop organize

I have been doing a lot of little projects lately and also find myself making all kinds of shop jigs, storage, fixing things for others, and anything else that comes my way. But I’ve been hit with a problem that I really hate… running to the hardware store for hardware (go figure) way too often! Every time I pick something up I usually pick up a few extra which has helped a bit. I have some money to spend on my shop and decided that it would be great if I could make my own mini (very mini) hardware aisle :)

I want to build a collection of the most common screws, nuts, bolts, washers, and ‘fasteners’ in general. However, I am not looking to get too crazy with this. I don’t need an entire aisle filled with racks of fasteners but I do want to have all the basic things that get used often readily available in my shop.

In terms of type and size, what are the most basic fasteners that a shop should not be without?


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#1 posted 01-06-2014 06:26 AM

Drywall screws and duct tape. Other than WD-40, that’s all a man needs.

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 07:15 AM

Screws in sizes 3/4”, 1-1/4”, 1-5/8”, 2” & 3”.
A variety of nuts and bolts mostly in 1/4, 5/16, & 3/8.
1/4” threaded inserts.
Double sided carpet or 3M tape.
Blue painters tape.
Plus all sorts of random stuff that accumulated.
8d common nails for small carpentry, 16d for larger projects.
Finish nails in 2 sizes but I don’t know what those sizes are off the top of my head.
Assortment of pin nails, brads, and staples.

Oddly I have no duct tape in my shop nor have I ever used any there.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 07:56 AM

Great idea on your part. Here’s a suggested start. Square drive screws sizes 4, 6, 8 in lengths and brass coated steel or black oxide of your choice for the projects that you are apt to need. Buy bulk of 100 boxes or packs and storage trays, bins or what your shop will accommodate. one small container of 3 in 1 oil, agree with the dry wall screws also, and brads if not just pins and 18 gauge nailer brads if you have air.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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