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Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Nigel » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:24 am

Not sure how suitable these will be without seeing them but worth a look:

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/t ... -screws-2/

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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Obscured by clouds » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:25 pm

bet they're not A4 marine grade. or anything remotely close.
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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Nigel » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:54 pm

probably A2 but that is ok for dinghies in my experience - probably better in some ways as not as soft

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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Michael4 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:25 pm

If they are the same grade as those sold for garden decking they will be fine for our sort of use. Beware though, some are of that self cutting, self countersinking variety and they can be a bit scary at first. The longer ones also have a tendency to shear if too much wellie is applied...
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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by chrismartin3583 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:01 am

They'll be A2.

But it's surprising just how much of the stainless we use is actually A2.

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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Nigel » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:48 am

Not worth it for me. The machine screws were big beasts with hexagon heads, the others were all countersunk - I seem to use mostly pan heads so no need for 320 of these in my toolbox

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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Ed » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:39 am

I was pinning down the plank ends on my 14ft Looe launch....... yes, the project moves very slowly...

But couldn't afford brass/bronze and really not worth it, so went down to Screwfix for their standard A2 stainless 'Ultra-screws'. Worked fine, but was amazed by how easily they sheared. Broke quite a few just putting them in. I would expect that with brass, but surprised to break so many with Stainless.

Not worried about them being A2, even crap A2, they are still likely to be tons better than the crap brass screws available at moment, that seem to rot in under a year. That's a much bigger issue to my mind.

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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Rupert » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:36 pm

The boxes I bought were one of the self tappers, which was half pan, half countersink, and a box of the longer ones sold as chipboard screws. Thank you for the heads up. Also bought a Lycra beanie for autumnal sailing when a fleece hat makes my head boil, but too cold for something summery! Can join the daft hat collection!
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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by trebor » Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:35 pm

Not meaning to put a dampener on this bargain :D
But one of our members who deals in fixings, claims a lot of cheap fixings in Brass and Stainless steel from China are Radioactive, this is why they degrade so rapidly.
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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Nigel » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:08 pm

That would explain why I look like this: :mrgreen:

Not sure I understand why that would cause degradation. I would have expected it to take an awful lot of radiation to even start doing that to the material. I think I would be more worried about it degrading me.

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Post by trebor » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:17 pm

Not sure either, but she claims radiation causes molecular breakdown in various alloys.
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Re: Stainless steel screws at Aldi tomorrow

Post by Michael4 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:30 pm

It is not so much a case of degradation more Screwfix's ability to retail a weak, soft, stainless steel.
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