Originally Posted by sailingdog
Hope you checked the bolts from the hardware store with a magnet. Good marine grade stainless steel is NON-MAGNETIC. The cheaper stainless steel is magnetic.
Yes I did bring a magnet to Ace hardware store with me. The bolts are ok.
Most of Ace's stainless steel hardware were non magnetic. I actually tested many of their products. About 30% of their cotter pins were not ok. It looked like maybe they got a refill of inferior parts. I plan to tell them about it next time I'm there.
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