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Old 09-23-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default RC items that are cheaper at hardware store?

I heard about people talking about lead weights that AE sells versus the ones you can get at the tire shop for 1/3 less. What else in this hobby is cheaper at the hardware store? What do you buy at the hardware/auto parts store and not at the RC shop?

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-strapping battery tape $5 vs the $20 hudy one for TC
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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GREAT IDEA FOR A THREAD!!!!!

I know I'll think of more....

2 sided tape 3M - WALMART $3
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:20 PM   #3
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Nuts and bolts by the box.
Couple bucks for boxes of a hundred
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:32 PM   #4
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As mentioned, great idea for a thread.

Cable tidies and insulation tape (if you use it)
Solder, flux, etc
Tools / screwdrivers / wrenches (They all turn when your arm moves them, whether or not they say "associated" or "losi"!)
Velcro

It's alllll cheaper than you usually buy from the RC brands
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just noticed strapping tape was already posted.

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You can't buy this at a hardware store but belt dressing is cheaper tire softener than buggy grip or similar tire dressings. You can buy it at Walmart or auto parts stores for about $2 a can. I use Prestone Belt Dressing from Walmart.
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Most hardware store solder (Home Depot) SUCKS. The best readily available alternative is usually Radio Shack solder, if you can't find a good electronic supply store for some Kester solder.
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Wally World - can of 500 zip ties, several sizes, in several colors was less than 8bucks, they have AAs,alkalines in bulk pacs or rechargeables - although this seems to vary store to store.
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Nuts and bolts by the box.
Couple bucks for boxes of a hundred
I've had the best experience with Alloy Steel ACE bolts. The flatheads have YFG stamped on them. Some others haven't seemed to hold up as well.

Or go to industrial supply places like Fastenal. Then you can get bolts of known standard ratings.

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sticky-back velcro for slticking down the edge of buggy bodies on electrics, no need for body pins
at wallyworld, in the hobby/crafts section
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Body clips: $5 for an 8 pack at the hobby shop -or- $10 for a box of, like, 50 at the hardware store

Sure they might not hold like the R/C ones do, but when they're that cheap you don't mind much when they get knocked off either.

Most cans of automotive brake clean are much cheaper than electric motor spray too, assuming they're plastic safe. I've got a can of CRC brand "Brakleen" sitting here that works well.
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Body clips: $5 for an 8 pack at the hobby shop -or- $10 for a box of, like, 50 at the hardware store

Sure they might not hold like the R/C ones do, but when they're that cheap you don't mind much when they get knocked off either.

Most cans of automotive brake clean are much cheaper than electric motor spray too, assuming they're plastic safe. I've got a can of CRC brand "Brakleen" sitting here that works well.
what are they gold body clips?
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1/4 inch drywall screws........
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I've had the best experience with Alloy Steel ACE bolts. The flatheads have YFG stamped on them. Some others haven't seemed to hold up as well.

Or go to industrial supply places like Fastenal. Then you can get bolts of known standard ratings.
I used to buy all my stainless screws from Mcmaster-Carr

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I bought a pretty nice little aluminum tool briefcase for $25 at Lowes, with the foam inserts and a tool holder on the top. I use the foam case part to keep my radio, charger and power supply in. I've seen Futaba and other metal cases that sell for 2-3 times as much, and only hold a radio. This one has just enough spots for all my hex/nut drivers, pliers, etc...

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...132&lpage=none



Great idea for a thread, hoping to see it grow!
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