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Where to buy brass screws (for soldering)

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by JB, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. JB

    JB Guest

    I've heard by many that brass screws are good for soldering. In fact a friend
    of mine is currently using them for soldering, in a project of his. He uses
    larger screws than I'm looking for. I need very small ones. So is there a
    good online source out there for various sized brass screws (not just large
    ones) or other types that can be used with solder?


  2. It might help if you gave some actual sizes as suppliers may specialise in
    very small stuff. B&Q etc stock brass nuts and bolts from 3-6mm, IIRC.

    Or this place:-
    < Screws>

    But a Google on brass machine screws gives some 120,000 hits...
  3. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    (JB) wrote in
    There's two types of places to look: Model Hobby Shops (They're usually
    locally owned) and Hardware stores. I've seen brass screws at both
    places, the hardware stores tend to have the larger (3/64" and up)

  4. Oops - senior moment. Thought I was reading a UK group.
  5. DaveM

    DaveM Guest

    McMaster-Carr ( is a great source of standard and exotic
    materials of all kinds. They list brass machine screws from 000-120 to 1/2-13.
    The usual quantity is a package of 25. Surely you can find something useful in
    that range.

    Dave M
    MasonDG44 at comcast dot net (Just substitute the appropriate characters in the

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer to the end, the faster it goes.
  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Oh Dave ! ... What have you done to me ? I always read the bits on the ends
    of your posts, but this one has created an image that will stay with me, now
    that I'm at the point of thinking that I better start hunting in the
    cupboard for a new roll .... !!

  7. JB

    JB Guest

    I should have been more specific in my sizing although I have no idea on the
    exact size I need but I'm talking screws that would be found on a very small
    circuit board.

    I can check out local hobby shops in the phone book but if you have any
    suggestions online, I'd appreciate it.



    (Thanks to the others for your help as well)
  8. JB

    JB Guest

    By the way, where do the hobby shops get their screws? It's funny; I produce
    my own wristwatch but I can't find little brass screws. :) I need about 200
    of them.

  9. DaveM

    DaveM Guest

    LMAO!!!! Yeah, I hear ya!! But I'm a little past you though.. I'm on my
    second roll... and the paper is tearing off noticeably faster every day!!

    Dave M
    MasonDG44 at comcast dot net (Just substitute the appropriate characters in the

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer to the end, the faster it goes.
  10. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    (JB) wrote in
    They usually get things either through Walthers or the manufacturers
    themselves. (Most hobby shops can order from the Walthers catalog and
    won't charge you shipping.) If you've got something specific in mind,
    many hobby shops can be contacted by email with a description of what
    you're looking for.

    Kalmbach Publishing runs, which is a halfway decent way
    to find hobby shops. Call first, though, I wound up driving to the shop
    owner's house (the address listed) rather than the shop itself.

  11. JB

    JB Guest

    Hey cool, thanks! That Walthers site has a lot of brass screws listed. I
    just have to figure out the dang sizes. I only know metric. :)

    I'll check out that other store list as well and try not to go to anyones
    house. :) Thanks!

  12. HapticZ

    HapticZ Guest

    home depot, lowes, true value, most lumber yards, hobby shops, etc etc

    get your hands dirty a few times doing real work and you will gain
    experience finding anything!
  13. JB

    JB Guest

    That's why I came here so I didn't have to drive around from place to place;
    espeically when most won't have the size I want.

  14. Buy it by the bale! Places like Sam's Club sells a 36, double roll
    package, which should last at least a couple weeks. ;-)

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
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