The more time we spend in the shop, the more I find that it’s not always just what you know or how flashy your tools are — it’s what you have laying around the shop that counts. Don’t get me wrong — know how and tools are very important — but all the know how in the world won’t help you if the project requires a 1/4-28 x 2 socket head cap bolt and you don’t have one. The solution: keep a bunch of fasteners in the shop before you need them and save yourself a trip to go fetch one.
Go to any home center or big box and stroll down the hardware aisle. You’ll find quite a few hardware “starter kits” that contain popular sizes of fasteners. Don’t be put off by knowing which one to get; that’s the beauty of having a load of hardware on hand. It’s all the right kind. Get them all! Go nuts (pun intended) and get whatever suits your budget and catches your eye at the time. Most sets are priced from $9, up to the larger sets that contain around 600 pieces priced at around $35.
It doesn’t matter if you think you’ll never need that oddball bolt or washer now. Give it time. You’ll find a use for it somewhere down the line.
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