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Post by ef37a »

Just had a box of the stainless buggers dropped on my doormat. They range from M1.5 (ooo that's wee!) to M8 by 8.
I shall never need them all so if anyone is stuck with a wobbly knob PM me. I won't be giving too many M4s away as they are what I ordered the box for.

And no "hdex" is not a strange engineering term, just a typo. (BLOODY eyes!)

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I've taken the liberty of assuming you meant 'hex' Dave and tweaked the subject accordingly. Let us know if that wasn't the intended term.
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Eddy Deegan wrote: Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:12 pm I've taken the liberty of assuming you meant 'hex' Dave and tweaked the subject accordingly. Let us know if that wasn't the intended term.

Thanks Eddy yes, 'hex'. Can I take this opportunity for an 'old fart' moan?
It pains me greatly (and does the planet no good) that I have to buy such box of grub screws when all I need is a few M4s. When I was 11 and up, if I or dad wanted half a dozen or so 'bits' I would be despatched to the nearest hardware store (straight out of "FourCandles") and the proprietor would count me out a quantity from a cardboard carton and I would proffer my One and Six.
Net energy expended? About four Smarties. Distance travelled? Less than 2 miles by bike. Yes, yes! I know! Different world now but a 'bstd wasteful one.

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It's true, you have to buy the whole hardware or electronic range of any particular part. On the other hand, I tend to share everything around I don't need.
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ef37a wrote: Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:32 pm Thanks Eddy yes, 'hex'. Can I take this opportunity for an 'old fart' moan?
It pains me greatly (and does the planet no good) that I have to buy such box of grub screws when all I need is a few M4s.

A quick search brings up this listing where you can buy as many as you like in the exact size that you want.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291216846712

I know that you don't like Ebay but it is great for fasteners, O-rings and other bits and pieces if your local hardware store doesn't have them. Fortunately we still have a proper hardware store in the village here although he seems to source quite a bit of his stock from CPC.
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How does that help James? Say a 1000 people around the country each buy 3 fekking grub screws? That's a 1000 posty vans and many klugs of CO2 being spewed out.

Fair play to 'Arkwright' in the village. I don't care where he buys his bulk stock so long as I can buy 1/2 doz loose 'widgets' and NOT in a card and plastic bubble pack.

One of the problems of 'going green' is that you can look and sound like some Luddite hankering after a lost era. Well yes, many things WERE better and greener back in the day. Kit Kats came in recyclable paper and foil. People took their OWN bags and baskets to shops. But, PLASTIC isn't all bad, it can prolong the life of foods and save waste. I am a great supporter of nuclear energy and hope to see the first fusion plant come on the grid. (and no, I would NOT mind if they built one in my back yard. Healthier than being back of a bus station!)

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Post by MarkOne »

There is a brilliant hardware place near us... If you want 10 M4 stainless nuts and screws with torx heads, they probably have them in stock. I just always feel bad about only taking 10 because the cost is usually so low.

The trouble is, he's a main stockist for Makita, Bosch professional and Festool and there are many expensive shiny things in there too :shocked:
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ef37a wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 1:44 am How does that help James? Say a 1000 people around the country each buy 3 fekking grub screws? That's a 1000 posty vans and many klugs of CO2 being spewed out.

But a) those vans were probably already out doing deliveries, and b) the alternative is all those people driving themselves (because how many people live in walking distance of a hardware shop that sells this kind of stuff?) somewhere to pick them up individually.
Actually distributing them through a logistics company might easily be the most efficient way of doing it.
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blinddrew wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:57 pm
ef37a wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 1:44 am How does that help James? Say a 1000 people around the country each buy 3 fekking grub screws? That's a 1000 posty vans and many klugs of CO2 being spewed out.

But a) those vans were probably already out doing deliveries, and b) the alternative is all those people driving themselves...

Plus it is good to keep the posties in business because a surprising number of them have been good customers of mine. As Drew says, I don't think any extra journeys are being made to deliver my small Ebay purchases.
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Bravo Drew - always seeing the bigger picture ;)
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Martin Walker wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:25 pm Bravo Drew - always seeing the bigger picture ;)

The big picture really is Martin that there has been a massive increase in online shopping and every transaction means a journey in a vehicle. Of course, the logistics dept will ensure the vans are filled and routed to best efficiency but that doe not detract from the fact that there are hell of a lot more of them a hell of a lot of the time. Even in my sleepy crescent (nn5) I see 3 or 4 a day, big white diesel jobs and that does not include the Sainsburys wagon and Morrisons and Tesco, Or indeed The Mail that should no longer be called "Royal".

I have also read that between 10 and 25% of the journeys are to pickup returns!

And! DON'T get me started on junk mail!

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I have never used them, and soon I think neither will be needed by me. However, I am currently doing repairs and need bugle screws.
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