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Author Topic: Where to get electronic hardware??  (Read 969 times)
K3MOV
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« on: October 06, 2009, 12:15:18 AM »

In my workshop I have enough standard hardware (woodscrews, sheet metal screws, nuts and bolts, etc.) to open a Home Depot and a Lowes. Where is a good place to find an assortment of electronic type hardware such as we use on our rigs and accessories? Tnx es 73, Tom K3MOV
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W6VPS
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 12:16:31 AM »

Mouser...McMaster-Carr
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 04:00:19 AM »

What do you mean by "electronic hardware"?
Transistors, capacitors, inductors,etc... parts?
Enclosures, cases, etc?
Wire, pipe,etc?
What are you trying to build?

-Mike.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 07:09:58 AM »

I have found a lot of interesting hardware solutions at DigiKey. Metric hardware, SAE hardware, all kids of repair parts.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2009, 07:19:00 AM »

i volunteer to work at a local  lumberyard, hardware.
walls are covered with   MF.. mid west fastener
drawers.  all types of  nuts and bolts and screws.
down to  6-32 and 6-24.
also rubber washers, e rings,   c clips
grommets,  brass nuts bolts and washers.
many things I would also find  at  
Bushland erlectronics in  Eau Claire.
and all just 3 miles from home.
While its not the same as buying an assortment
in a  WALSCO package, I am amazed at how many things i find.  
I am a builder,   mostly  poowersupplies and  tuners.
 I get many  neat things for construction here.
chrome dished washers, for  panel mounting screws etc.
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2009, 09:55:46 AM »

The usual electronics parts houses Allied, Digikey, Mouser carry common hardware. McMaster-Carr carries nearly everything under the sun.

Bill
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W8NF
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 10:11:50 AM »

Keystone Electronics: www.keyelco.com - go there and request a catalog.  About 75% of the useful part numbers are stocked by Mouser, just type the part number into the Mouser search engine.

Another frequently-mentioned vendor, but I don't know if they work in small qtys is RAF Hardware - focused on electronics:

http://www.rafhdwe.com/

HTH & 73,

Dave W8NF
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K3MOV
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2009, 11:39:28 AM »

Mike,

Just small nuts and bolts and small screws which have finer threads than the normal household hardware I have found at the regular hardware stores.
I'm not really trying to build anything in particular, but I do have quite a few MFJ products that need to be rehabbed soon after arrival :-)

Also,  I have a Kaito 1103 receiver where the small screw holding the antenna in place inside the body of the radio has fallen out and is missing.  That's the type of small hardware I'm looking for.

Tnx for your gud questions es 73, Tom K3MOV
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W0FM
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2009, 11:20:07 AM »

I found this company through by other hobby of R/C Aircraft:

http://www.rtlfasteners.com/

Great selection (metric, SAE, etc) and fast delivery.  Pricing is competitive.

Good luck,

Terry, WØFM
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K3MOV
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009, 01:22:29 AM »

Thanks for all the helpful replies.  I finally found exactly what I was looking for at

http://www.smcelectronics.com/hardware.htm.

When you click on "Assortment Packs" the site takes you to "Tiny Screws Assortment", "Computer Screw Assortment" and "Electronic Equipment Screw Assortment".  Each bag contains at least 100 pieces @ $5.00 per bag.  I'll be ordering several bags today.

Again, tnx for the input and best 73, Tom K3MOV
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 05:42:36 AM »

You can get most anything you need here including stainless: http://www.aaronsgeneralstore.com/
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2009, 06:03:35 AM »

The small fine thread screws mentioned previously are metric and can be sourced locally at a thrift shop or garage sale... Just look for an ugly VCR or cassette deck being sold cheap "as-is" and tear it down.

Older VCR's of the large & heavy persuasion are loaded with them and generally sell in the $2.00 range.
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2009, 06:40:12 PM »

hi,

I also like the vcr decks for the
miniature connectors.

http://www.smallparts.com/
http://www.allelectronics.com/

this site is great for gears,
shafts, couplers, belts, etc..

http://www.sdp-si.com/

73 james
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K3MOV
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2009, 10:56:56 PM »

Wow!!  I'm glad I made the post.  I found exactly what I wanted plus a whole lot more valuable information.  Thanks again.  73, Tom K3MOV
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2009, 08:59:54 AM »

I have used RTL Fasteners, as well as Digi-Key. Both are great.
Terry/ W0FM I had no idea you flew R/C, if you make your way out to the west coast, get a hold of me and you can fly at our club field, I may even lend you a plane!

Rob.
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