Screws for a washing machine

mellowd_txApril 6, 2014

I need to get a couple of screws for my front loading washing machine. I have found that they are AP2106225 Screw,pan head ,8-18B x 0.31. Now for my situation... they are almost 4 dollars a piece. Is there somewhere I can get them cheaper?

Thanks you!

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sdello

It looks like a sheet metal screw with an integral lock 'washer'. It doesn't say on the link but the image looks like stainless steel to me. You might try going to a local appliance repair parts department and see what they are retailing for.

I know where you're coming from, but if a local parts store doesn't have them, I'd likely just bit the bullet and buy them.

Where are they going? If it just holding a panel on, you might use a generic sheet metal screw.

Here is a link that might be useful: the specified screw

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 1:53PM
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Trebruchet

MellowD:

PM me your address. I'll send you the 8 bucks.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 4:03PM
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sdello

Tre:
Not for anything, but that's pretty condescending. I suspect with MellowD it's not the money it's the principle.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 7:54AM
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geoffrey_b

I can get them for $3.95!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 10:32AM
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saltidawg

we all ought to send Trebuchet our addresses by PM and claim we are MellowD and await arrival of our checks. lol

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 11:52AM
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mellowd_tx

Trebruchet: Thank you for the offer but it is the principle. sdello is right and I agree but I think you are VERY condescending. I usually like taking money from people like you but since you were already called out I will pass.

Geoffrey_B: I can also get them at $3.95, I feel as though I am getting screwed on that deal.

You know I can tell most of you are not single women without anyone to help them. I think I do pretty good attempting to save money by fixing it myself. I think you should be ashamed of the smart aleck answers I received. My only comfort is people like sdello who truly have a helpful heart and the knowledge of what comes around goes around.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:17PM
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saltidawg

"You know I can tell most of you are not single women without anyone to help them."

I was sympathetic to the response you got - but you've lost me with this sexist comment. What difference does it make whether you're male or female? You wanted help finding a lower price for something you thought was overpriced.

Regarding gender bias in this thread, you are out of line and do women an injustice.

YMMV

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 2:30PM
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mellowd_tx

You are right⦠it was a very sexist statement; if you need help and information you need help or information. My apologies. Thank you again to those who tried to help me.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 2:40PM
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saltidawg

MellowD,

BTW, I don't think any of us knew your gender...

Don't hesitate to ask if additional questions come up.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 3:13PM
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geoffrey_b

I don't think anyone here wanted to offend you.

As an engineer, I'll give you a general lesson: Mechanical equipment, is built with specific, custom fabricated parts...... However there is a lot of 'general hardware' - screws, wire, etc.

The manufacturer 'specs' the hardware, and buy's it from some factory (unfortunately in China). There are always exceptions: like if something is really long or needs to be very strong.

That screw is a general hardware item. Take the picture to the hardware store, and they'll fix you up!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 1:50PM
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mellowd_tx

Thank you Geoffrey... I did take a screw and go to Home Depot and the associate told me I needed to go to a hardware store. Yeah he was just that helpful. I will go back and will not take 'no' for an answer this time... it's just to hold the sheet metal on the frame... it works fine without it but just makes an awful noise!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 3:40PM
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geoffrey_b

IMO, hardware stores have much better selection of small items like that. HD, Lowes are really about building / remodeling.

The reason the screw costs $8.00 is that the manufacturer has to have it on a bill of material, and actually stock it, account for it, for a period of years.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 4:19PM
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rwiegand

McMaster Carr is a great source for odd (and ordinary) hardware delivered to your door, often the next day.

You might have to buy 100 screws and it will still cost you 8 bucks though, but you'll be set for the next couple of decades.

A real hardware store (eg not HD, Lowes, whatever) is probably your best bet. An ordinary sheet metal screw of about the right size, with a lock washer if you like, will certainly substitute for whatever specialty bit of kit the manufacturer used.

Here is a link that might be useful: many sizes and shapes of sheet metal screws

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 5:15PM
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Trebruchet

MellowD:

I'm sorry if I sounded condescending.

I guess I was just thinking of this from the screw seller's perspective. It must be incredibly difficult to make a living selling anything for 4 dollars. It would be particularly aggravating to have those purchasers complain about the price.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:35PM
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