- January 3rd, 2012, 8:29 pm#369270
I made a socket cap screw run today with mixed results. I went to Lowe's first and found the 8-32 set of 4 I needed. That was $1.50. They didn't have the 4-40s or the 10-32s I also wanted, so I went to Home Depot. HD had a wide selection of socket cap screws, but they were stainless steel, which wasn't what I wanted. The black alloy ones were in a drawer with metric cap screws, so I bought some 5mm x 30mm, which was pretty close to the 10-32s, close enough for me. Two bags of two cost $1.60. No 4-40 socket cap screws at Home Depot either. I'll look at a hardware store like Ace another time to see if I can find those for my resistors.
I got home and found that the ion arm holes weren't big enough for the 10-32 (or 5mm), so I just subbed in my 8-32s. The holes were predrilled when I bought the part off ebay a long time ago, so I wasn't shocked. I traded the 5mm screws that were for the ion arm to the Clippard, which worked out fine. Yeah, it's inaccurate, but way better than the phillips head screws I had there for years in the first place. I also put a pair of 8-32s in the booster frame. (Now that I think about it, I could have been more accurate by putting the 10-32s in the booster frame, which apparently can go either way, and then used the 8-32s in the Clippard. Oh well, too late now and I don't care.)
I already had the right screws in my thrower thanks to irricanian's kit, and my ribbon cable clamp also came with the right screws, so those were good as well. Now I just want to get my 4-40s for my ion arm resistors and I might also review my bumper screws.
If anybody knows a good source for the 4-40s, let us know!
That's what she said.