Good evening everyone...
As I work I find myself frequently using a couple of nuts that I rarely used in the past.
- Hex lock nuts with nylon insert: I use these a lot. When I am doing the prebuild work I use normal nuts, but then for the final assembly I use these locking nuts. Just FYI, Stainless Steel, 4-40, a bag of 100, $2.87)
- T-Nuts, or Blind Nuts: I use these a lot too. Especially useful for hard to reach places, or where you don't want the nut falling off into something. Just FYI, Zinc, 4-40, a bag of 50, $5.40.
- Normal Nuts: I use these during prebuild, but rarely for the final. Just FYI, Stainless Steel, 4-40, a bag of 100, $2.18
- Threaded Inserts: I rarely use these...sometimes, however, they are just perfect. They seem difficult to use (to me), difficult to install, and bulky. Just FYI, Brass, 4-40, A bag of 25, $12.60.
And I'll add conversationally that
I stock machine screws #2, #4, #6, and #8. I don't use wood screws.
I prefer using stainless steel, and my most used size is 4-40. I find #6 and #8 to be bulky...and I find #2 to be fun (and remarkably strong).