[NRV Rocketry] Rocketry hardware source
tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org
Sat Jan 12 03:01:10 CST 2013
Charles.. I will definately be tapping into you as a resource as we build out
the links area of the web site! (and I'll just save thisi email thread for
On Wednesday, January 09, 2013 07:01:05 pm Charles Albright wrote:
> Likewise, it seems I'm frequently in need of hard to find items for my
> rocketry, microcontroller, and general electronics activities, items often
> just not available in obvious or nearby places.
> Here are some examples of things I located after some searching. Lowe's and
> Home Depot have had some things I needed but generally the following were
> better sources.
> Closed eyebolts (stronger than "bent around" eyebolts that have that small
> opening at the base)
> -----Fastenal and McMaster-Carr http://www.mcmaster.com
> Very small hardware (4-40 and 2-56), steel and 2-56 nylon (from
> McMaster-Carr, I used for shear pins)
> -----Fastenal, McMaster-Carr, Heavener Hardware, even Radio Shack sells
> some 2-56 machine screws
> Nylon insert hex locknuts, threaded rod ("all-thread"), both for ebays; and
> quick links
> -----McMaster-Carr, Heavener Hardware
> Hobby wood (basswood, plywood) products I used for electronic bay
> construction (e.g. sleds)
> -----Adventure Hobbies, Michaels, and Mish Mish (big selection)
> -----Note: be sure to check out Mish Mish in Blacksburg; a great art supply
> store with a number of tools and supplies applicable to rocketry (wood,
> brass strips, X-Acto knife accessories, crepe paper which -by law- is flame
> resistant and can be used to help protect recovery parts - try it, it
> Hard to find cylindrical, nylon-bristle bottle brush, for cleaning inside
> motor casings
> -----Heavener Hardware
> 4F black powder for ejection charges
> -----Miller's Gun Shop, 1865 S. Franklin St., Christiansburg
> My two favorite sources for electronics parts, both Internet:
> -----Mouser Electronics http://www.mouser.com/ , Jameco Electronics
> In my electronics projects, I use Microchip PIC24 (16-bit) microcontrollers
> because of their great documentation and fantastic free development
> software support (C compilers included). And when I need a new
> microcontroller, I go to the Microchip website and request a free sample
> or two. It's totally automated, they have never refused, and shipping has
> been free so far. http://www.microchip.com/
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bob Schoner
> To: calbright at radiantse.com ; tweeks-homework at theweeks.org
> Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 5:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [NRV Rocketry] Rocketry hardware source
> Just curious, what kind of stuff are you looking for or getting from
> Fastenall? Pat G (TRA Bod Insurance liaison) used to own 2 Fastenall
> stores in TX and NM. I'm all about finding good stuff that can be applied
> to rocketry. My Christmas list never has anything that you can get in a
> store in Christiansburg.
> On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM, Thomas Weeks <tweeks at rackspace.com> wrote:
> Cool.. Thanks for the links guys. I'll add them to our growing "useful
> links" area we're building up for the web site.
> You guys use these sources mainly for mounting hardware like recovery line
> mount points and avionics bay hardware?
> "Charles Albright" <calbright at radiantse.com> said:
> > Hi,
> > Bob is correct. The Fastenal store is located at 5 Midway Plaza Drive.
> > Driving north on Business 460 (N.Franklin St.), they are on the left side
> > just after you pass Corning Glass, to the right of (actually across
> > Midway Plaza Dr from) the BP station. You have to go to the light at
> > Merrimac Rd and make a U-turn to get there.
> > Looked at from the other direction, i.e. coming from Blacksburg, you
> > would pass the light at Merrimac Rd and then turn right onto Midway
> > Plaza Dr. On Midway Plaza Dr. you would see the BP station on your left
> > and Fastenal on the right, partially hidden behind a few trees.
> > I advise using Fastenal judiciously, as a last resort. They are
> > reasonable on some items but can be very expensive on other items. I
> > have since found two other sources that are better for most hardware
> > items. Locally there is
> > Heavener (True Value) Hardware on N. Main St in Blacksburg, on the left
> > just
> > past the traffic circle at N. Main and Prices Fork Rd. They are more like
> > old-fashioned hardware stores in that they carry many specialized
> > hardware items that Lowes and Home Depot don't seem to know about. They
> > are the least
> > expensive local source for quick links. Good friendly people.
> > The second source is McMaster-Carr on the Internet:
> > http://www.mcmaster.com/ Large selection, good prices, fast delivery
> > without large delivery charges.
> > Happy shopping!
> > Charley
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "tweeks" <tweeks at rackspace.com>
> > To: <nrvr at nrvr.org>
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 3:43 PM
> > Subject: Re: [NRV Rocketry] Rocketry hardware source
> > Hey Charles...
> > Where is this Fastenal place again? Google Maps shows it in the space
> > that
> > the BP station on N.Franklin. Is it BEHIND that in one of those other
> > buildings on Midway Plz?
> > Tweeks
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