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Old 20.03.2011, 14:41
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Big Bolts!?

Anybody know where I can buy some big bolts? I mean thick rather than long; specifically looking for 19mm or 3/4 inch, either would do.

The usual suspects like Jumbo & Obi do not seem to offer larger sizes. I found some water & gas pipe stops that are like short threaded 3/4 bolts but they are too short for my purposes.
I did an internet search but I could only find places that offer minimum quantities of 100. Hard to convince "her indoors" that I really need so many especially as likely she will be answering the door when the Postie delivers.
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Old 20.03.2011, 14:55
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Re: Big Bolts!?

What do you need exactly and how many?
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Old 20.03.2011, 15:13
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Re: Big Bolts!?

You need an ironmongers/suppliers used by the trade professionals.

e.g. in Fribourg there is a smallish ironmongers' shop in the centre (Commerce de Fer), and on the periphery, it has a sister location - much bigger and on several floors, with practically everything anyone could need, and used predominantly by building and general trade professionals. I was able to buy big (and long) bolts, when I required similar.

Ask Mr. Google if there is an equivalent store, in or around Zurich - I would think there should be.

Does this help?:

http://www.google.ch/#hl=en&sa=X&ei=...9385a69713a516
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Old 20.03.2011, 15:45
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Re: Big Bolts!?

I saw them in Hornbach yesterday. Which is obviously near to me but as for your location? Don't know.
Or, screwfix direct at http://www.screwfix.com

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Old 20.03.2011, 16:01
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Re: Big Bolts!?

Thanks for the ideas.

About "What do you need exactly and how many? "

One of those easy sounding questions which is hard to give a short answer.

I have an old Rhine fishermans boat with a central tank for the fish. It was fed with water by two 3/4 inch pipes. I took the pipes out & replaced them with a couple of 3/4 inch pipe stops so I can use the tank as a storage cupboard but it is not really water tight because the stops are short & move around.
I need a couple of bolts that are 2 or 3 inches long (with nuts) so I can put steel & rubber washers in place bedded in silicone to make it really water tight.
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Old 20.03.2011, 16:10
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Re: Big Bolts!?

A bit of lateral thinking. If you cannot get hold of large bolts, put a plate over the holes and fix on with some small bolts.
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Old 20.03.2011, 17:05
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A bit of lateral thinking. If you cannot get hold of large bolts, put a plate over the holes and fix on with some small bolts.
Usual strategy with boats is to avoid making additional holes when trying to fix leaks. Just increases the possibility of leaks & weakening the structure; much easier with wooden hulled boats.
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Re: Big Bolts!?

I have a couple of 5/8 bolts with nuts 2 @ 2in and 2@ 3in long which if you are stuck might get you out of trouble with rubber and steel washers either side, yours for the postage. PM me if of any use.
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Re: Big Bolts!?

Above, and use lots of PTFE tape.
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Old 20.03.2011, 20:18
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Re: Big Bolts!?

You could use this:

big-bolts-usain-bolt.jpg

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Re: Big Bolts!?

I'm on a similar search. I need a 14 - 18cm long, 10 or 12mm diameter bolt (or rod) with a hole through one end to take a securing pin. It's needed to secure one side of the back door ramp on my horse box, the original came loose and lost on my last trip.

I've tried Landi, Jumbo, Obi and a local farm machine shop that had just about everything for farm trailers except something of this size. I could use a standard bolt with a lock nut, but if you need to get a horse out quickly in an emergency you don't want to be bothering with grips and spanners.

I've even searched through all my old tool and bits and bobs boxes for a length of metal with a head or "L" bend at one end and a hole at t'other (or for a bit of rod not so heavy that i could drill a hole through).

The ramp is secured at one side but I have a 12 hour journey planned for Monday with 2 horses so don't want to risk anything.

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Old 23.03.2011, 18:35
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Re: Big Bolts!?

Bauhaus in Schlieren might have something.

If not, you could try Wurth :

http://www.wurth.co.uk/cat.php?section=01&search=

They've got a shop near Stettbach tram stop, and another close to Glattzentrum.
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Old 23.03.2011, 19:06
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Re: Big Bolts!?

Grumpy,

If you have the size and a photo, the make of horse box etc I might be able to get one for you.

For the bolts the same.

I will be in the UK next week and my company use a large bolt/nut and screw specialist and a trailer specialist too, so if i can get what you want, I can bring them back for you as long as your not in a great hurry as i will be away for a week.
Let me know ASAP and I will enquire tomorrow.
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Old 23.03.2011, 19:12
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Re: Big Bolts!?

I just bought some in France in a gamm vert. I'm not suggesting you go that far but those brass bolts and nuts are available at larger garden centres as you use them for outside tapsvetc. Ie Gardena style fittings
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Old 23.03.2011, 19:29
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Grumpy,

If you have the size and a photo, the make of horse box etc I might be able to get one for you.

For the bolts the same.

I will be in the UK next week and my company use a large bolt/nut and screw specialist and a trailer specialist too, so if i can get what you want, I can bring them back for you as long as your not in a great hurry as i will be away for a week.
Let me know ASAP and I will enquire tomorrow.

Thanks, but I have to get something for the weekend as my big trip to Toulouse is on Monday.

This is the sort of thing I need to stop the back gate/ramp from opening on the motorway.

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Old 23.03.2011, 19:58
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Re: Big Bolts!?

There is a huge tradesman type DIY shop in Lachen (might be better for Grumpy than original poster)
Arthur Weber

ther car park is always full of white vans and tradesmen so I am sure they will be able to help. They were great with us when we needed a very small amount of heat shrink tubing (went and just got us a piece for free as they only sold it on a roll - we wanted a few inches only)

http://www.arthurweber.ch/standorte/lachen.html

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Thanks, but I have to get something for the weekend as my big trip to Toulouse is on Monday.

This is the sort of thing I need to stop the back gate/ramp from opening on the motorway.
Salut Grumpy
I have also had this problem.
I solved it with 2 anti theft bars for bikes.

http://www.athleticum.ch/shop/produc...ex.html?page=1
If you look at the bottom of the page on the above site, you will see an example.
"ARBUS Bügelschloss"

They cannot jump out if you lock them and they are on sale in most bike shops.
Hope this helps.
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Re: Big Bolts!?

You could try the uk:
www.gttowing.co.uk
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www.indespension.co.uk

they can post them if they have them in stock probably get them in time!
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Thanks, but I have to get something for the weekend as my big trip to Toulouse is on Monday.

This is the sort of thing I need to stop the back gate/ramp from opening on the motorway.
Hi Grumpy,

Maybe your local moped shop can help you, most mofas have a simple (around) 12 mm axle with a nut and a locking cotter pin
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Re: Big Bolts!?

Grumpy- If you still need these and can provide a (roughly dimensioned) sketch I'm in the workshop today and could whip something up for you and post it so you have it tomorrow. There's a killer hardware store downstairs from me as well and they just might have something off the shelf.
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