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Yeah, they prefer you buy in bulk.
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Kudos to Sapperwhite, the application is not marine and in fact, magnetic screws would be a great plus. Turns out that I'll probably need a #12 because neither of those guys carries them metric and a #10 may be too thin to do it--I'll have to check very carefully.

Of course, even McM doesn't carry #12, they jump from #10 to 1/4x20. Choice of material? I'll be lucky to get "metal".

I like the way Fastenal quietly generates a list with single screws for a dime, listed line by line mixed in with "qty 35000, $1994.65" two thousand dollars worth of screws. Gotta be careful about that "ADD TO CART" button!


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You might try Grainger or Tacoma Screw products. Along with "White something or other" I can picture where there at near me, but not the second part of the name.

Also many local True values have SS screws of different types too.

Also not sure if HD or Lowes might, Not going to hold my breath on those.

Also local Grange stores if you're near any kind of farm community, or a non major branded hardware/lumber stores may have them too. I sometimes need these for work, not really hard to find, but not particularly easy either.

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Have you tried your local hardware store, or even home depot/lowes etc..
If it's not marine you don't want stainless, stainless steel is not as strong as regular steel.
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My local Home Depots (three, each within five miles but across heavy traffic and all in different directions) the "fasteners" department is usually a special kind of hell, where nothing is racked properly and slightly less is kept in inventory. Metric was a draw in a flat cabinet--with everything misfiled. Self-tapping...I'm almost afraid to ask. But now that I have some grip on what sizes I might need OUTSIDE of metric, I'll take another look. Maybe.
My local hardware store downsized radically after the first local HD opened up, and is big on the odd plumbing parts, etc. for the building supers within walking range of his store.
There's one auto parts store that (last time I checked) had "fastener" bins under all the counters, tons and tons of 'em. Of course that's another 1/2 hour trip each way...at that point mail order becomes faster and cheaper--and more likely to succeed.

Thanks! If I measure them and need to go that large, I'll take up your generous offer. If I can get by with a 5mm part, or a 7/32 part, I'll try doing that, because frankly 6mm is too close to quarter inch--and that's just WAY too big for these holes. I hope. Length isn't critical, but an inch will already be excessive, 3/8 to 1/2" would really be right for the job.
What's "cheesehead" mean? (Besides a Packers' fan.)

No Grange stores down here, one farm in the county and that's a special "exhibit" working farm, so to speak.
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A cheesehead screw has a round head that is rectangular in a cross-section view. They're available in either slot heads or phillips heads, they're called cheesehead because the head shape resembles a cheese wheel.
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