Originally Posted by compcrasher86
fastenal or mcmaster carr are my favorite sources. In a pinch Ace or Loews works too
I'm losing faith in hardware stores - most of their stuff is made in China anymore.
"Made in China" = "Counterfeit" probably nine times out of ten.
Case in point - I recently had to replace an oil pump for someone, the screws were bent. I went and got new screws - two different packages, for two different lengths of 5/16"-18 screw.
screws snapped with less than 20 pound-feet of torque applied!
I pillaged through my junk bin, found two screws of the right size, and put them in. Finished the job, then wrote an email to the fastener buyer at my hardware store and complained. No, they haven't changed their line - but it's a start.
"Cheaper" != "better" in most cases. I don't mind paying more for something that I know will work.