Rubber Washers for Flexy Rack--source for 3/4"?

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  1. MarcS

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    Now that I've got all the other parts for my rack, I'm choking on the prices I've seen for 3/4" ID rubber washers (I'm using 3/4" rod).
    Should I expect to be paying .35-.50 per washer? Needing 40 washers, that'll cost me about $15 or more...
    I already checked McMaster...
    Suggestions?
    TIA
    Marc
     
  2. Brian Corr

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    I used washers for a garden hose. Bought a bag at Lowes for a few bucks. (In the plumbing dept.)
     
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    But are they 3/4" ID? All the garden hose washers I found were 5/8" ID...
     
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    Don't know if this will work for you, but I've been thinking of just squirting on a layer of silicone sealant to the metal washers when I get around to building my flexy.
     
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    Silicone sounds messy...
    I went to a hose and gasket shop at lunch, and they'll cut me some washers, but it'll cost .85 each !! (x40 = $34)
    I've already drilled my holes for 3/4" rods, don't know if I can go back to 5/8"--but I really don't want to pay $15+ just for washers--that's more than the wood cost...
    Oh well--what did everyone else do that used 1" or 3/4" rods??
     
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    I purchased a sheet of neoprene (wetsuit material) and cut my own.
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    I just used nuts and metal washers on my flexys.
    Nuts and metal washers cranked down tightly will never vibrate loose.
    Why do you guys use rubber washers? I hope its not for vibration dampening because I can assure you that if you had a subwoofer strong enough to vibrate a flexy rack significantly then rubber washers will not help one bit.
    I guess my racks are not flexys because they are not flexible..rather they are as stiff as a brick.
    Do you really want a flexible rack?
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    [Edited last by James W. Johnson on July 13, 2001 at 08:42 PM]
     
  8. Julian Data

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    James,
    It's called "Flexible" cause you can adjust your shelves it's not named for "Stiffeness". [​IMG]
    I use neoprene washers with metal with mine.
    I might just dump the flex and build an enclosed case. Getting tired of dusting..
    Ugh..
    I know .. I know.. the dust still comes in.
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    It's called "Flexible" cause you can adjust your shelves it's not named for "Stiffeness".
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    [​IMG] ok thanks.
    I use neoprene washers with metal with mine.
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    why?
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    [Edited last by James W. Johnson on July 13, 2001 at 11:18 PM]
     
  10. Ryan Hawke

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    I used metal washers and used a pair of crescent wrenches to tighten. It's not going anywhere. To save money on the washers, I just bought a box of them. I can't remember my total cost but it wasn't too bad. Good luck.
    --Ryan
     
  11. Julian Data

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    James, here's why..
    Not to marr up the surface of the shelves.
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    That should not be a problem since the washer will cover whatever it mars. I just used metal, painted everything black which was a f***ing pain in the tail because the black comes off when you put on the bolts. Honey pine shelves with black rods and hardware is pretty sweet looking though!
    Brian
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    [Edited last by Brian_J on July 14, 2001 at 05:34 PM]
     
  13. Julian Data

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    If you tightened hard enough you will put a indentation on the shelves, hence why I use neoprene washers in conjunction with metal washers.
    I refuse to put a dent onto my finish on the shelves. Too much work.
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    anyone have a pic of one of these handy? i wanna see
    [​IMG]
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  15. Julian Data

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    Dan,
    for a "flexi rack"?
    Check the HTF Archives. [​IMG]
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    I made mine out of an old car inner tube.
    I made the outer hole by sharpening a short piece of 1.5 inch tube and jamming it on the chuck of a drill press (not turned on). Then I put a bit of wood on the drill press base and pressed the washers out of the inner tube.
    The centre holes where cut with a round chisel.
    They don't really stop the rack vibrating, they just protect the finnish.
    You can see my rack atwww.bluemarine.com.au/mark
     
  17. Will Ernst

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    Wow Mark! That's one nice looking rack. I just finished mine, now I'm ready to scrap it and start anew! I can't really tell in the picture, did you opt for stainless hardware?
    -will
     
  18. Mark Wilcock

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    Nah, just zinc plated
     

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