Scenario: I was assembling some Sanus speaker stands that I bought from Amazon. I had opted for the “natural” stands since the less expensive MDF stands are more prone to cracking and oversized holes. I put together a pair of 30″ stands without issue but hit a snag with the 24″ stands.
Darn it, the overpriced-for-what-you-get made-in-China stands both had oversized holes, causing the included screws to spin around freely.
Immediate Reaction: *obscenity* *obscenity* *obscenity*
The Fix: I rummaged through my bin of wood fasteners and pulled out some Spax #10 1-1/2″ flat head screws. Thirty seconds later and the Spax screws saved my day.
If I didn’t have these screws readily available, my other options would have been to head to the local hardware store the next day or to ship the stands back to Amazon for a refund or exchange.
While I’m sure any flat head #10 1-1/2″ wood screw would have saved the day, I have developed extra fondness for Spax fasteners. You don’t need to drill pilot holes for them, but sometimes I do anyways for accurate positioning. But what I like most is how well these screws work with any wood material.
The “hard wood” posts of the speaker stands are supposed to be “natural wood,” but whatever they’re made of, it’s soft. Either way, the Spax screws worked wonderfully well.
I have purchased Spax screws from both Amazon and McFeely’s, and as I found out a while back, they are also available at Home Depot.
After proofreading this post it seems like I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. Even so, I do feel like the Spax screw saved the day. Or rather, they saved the night since I was doing all this at about 10pm. Without the Spax screws I would have been in a sour mood the rest of night and possibly even the next morning.
Experiences like this really justify the several cubic feet my fastener inventory takes up!