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Can't find a metal dowel!
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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:37 pm
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I've been to over 20 different hardware stores now, asking for a metal dowel, everyone just gave me blank stares as if I wasn't from this planet. I know it's silly, but is there anything specific I should be asking for? A special term or something that it's called?


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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:43 pm
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I'm not sure what you ought to be asking for, but I have found mandrel-caliber steel rods in the "hardware" and "plumbing" departments of both Lowe's and Home Depot, near where the chain spools are kept.

I'm not sure what's in your area, but I hope that helps you out a bit.


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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:59 pm
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Yeah... who uses the word, "dowel"? It's a steel rod. In most hardware stores, it's a rack with a bunch of 3ft. long rods... differing sizes, often some square ones, some threaded, whatever you're in to.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:02 pm
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I believe "dowel" is more associated with wood. "Metal Rod" for a solid and "Metal Tube or Tubing or Pipe" for a hollow. Best bet is hitting a metal supply store as hardware stores won't give you many size options.


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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:12 pm
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Also asked for a metal rod, same blank stare.


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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:25 pm
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Try asking for round bar stock and see if the lights come on. That's what I did, and they knew exactly what I was talking about.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:26 pm
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Have you tried just walking through the stores? That's my preferred way of shopping. Very Happy I think if all else fails, ask for the manager, and go for "cold rolled steel rod stock." If that doesn't work, TRL has a very nice selection of rods.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:31 pm
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Don't really have the option of buying online, not on a teacher's salary. Been walking around stores for hours, still nothing. I'll try asking around for those suggested, will update soon as I find something. Thanks a bunch.


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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:08 pm
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BladeMaster-Raven wrote:
I've been to over 20 different hardware stores now


Wait...

You've been to twenty stores and have yet to actually look around the store yourself? You could have saved yourself all that gas becaus emore than likely, the first hardware store you went to has them.

Home Depot, Lowes, TrueValue, Granger, Sears, and Tractor Supply all have 'em.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:10 pm
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Try asking for transfer punches. You can usualy buy them in sets of 15 to 28 or so for very little money. They are not very long, about 5", but a set comes in many different sizes, usualy from 3/32" to 1/2" in 1/64" increments.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:33 pm
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Just about everytime I've purchased it it's called "round stock" or "round bar" might ask for the steel stock section.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:30 pm
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I've had the most luck with describing what I want, something like,"Hey, do you guys have any metal rods, about three feet in length, 3/16" across?", and this has gotten me pretty good results when I can't find what I want by just looking.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:33 pm
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You may try asking for 1/4" steel rod or whatever id your after. Usually there is a small stand with various pieces of metal or steel in short lengths. The word dowel may not register with the store help in the form of metal. Try that and see if it clarifies the request for them.

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Posted on Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:33 pm
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where i have successfully got dowels have been ace hardware and home depot i have also seen them at lowes though

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Posted on Thu Jul 27, 2006 3:27 am
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Kabaalk wrote:
BladeMaster-Raven wrote:
I've been to over 20 different hardware stores now


Wait...

You've been to twenty stores and have yet to actually look around the store yourself? You could have saved yourself all that gas becaus emore than likely, the first hardware store you went to has them.

Home Depot, Lowes, TrueValue, Granger, Sears, and Tractor Supply all have 'em.



Ok, rephrase, I've been to and searched through over 20 different hardware stores =p


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