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Ralph Wiggum

Rubber Grommets

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I'm looking for some tiny grommets for a project I'm working on. Any ideas where in the Twin Cities would be a good place to look? I've tried Fleet Farm and Menards, but haven't found small enough ones. What I'm looking for is something with an eight inch inner diameter that would fit in a quarter inch hole.

Thanks.

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Radio Shack?

Ace Hardware or other hardware store. They have those bins where you can pick and choose. Not sure if they go that small though.

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Napa, AutoZone? Make your own?

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One of the best places that I've found to locate strange or odd items for one of my homemade projects is Axeman Surplus.

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Hey Ralph, I needed some grommets the same size, for the same project wink.gif...something for a fishing rod I imagine. Got mine at the local do it best hardware store, cost about .09. One of the nice things about living in a small town is the hardware store that has everything

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I'd say it sounds like a similar project wink.gif I e-mailed a few places online. Otherwise, I'll amazingly be traveling through South Haven on HWY55 next week. Can you send me an e-mail? I have a question. Ryan.Bielat (at) gmail (dot) com

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fastenal (sp?)

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Ralph, you have mail. I am traveling let me know if it doesnt show up for some reason. Happy to have you stimulate the local economy... grin.gif

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Quote:

What I'm looking for is something with an eight inch inner diameter that would fit in a quarter inch hole.


Not going to find a 8" inner diameter into a 1/4" hole....sorry....ha

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Yeah, LOL, I meant eighth. Oops crazy.gif

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You have me wondering, whats the top secret project?

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ST....

Think ice fishing, think rods, think spring bobbers. wink.gif

That's my guess. grin.gif

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Right on! Just working on a way to attach the St. Croix spring bobbers to a different rod.

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Great idea!

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Guys, thanks for the tips. I ended up finding exactly what I needed at a local Ace Hardware this afternoon.

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So, my little project worked out better than I could have imagined! Now, I just have to do it to a few more rods and I will be set for ice! I'd post some pics, but I spilled a beer on my camera last weekend and it no longer works frown.gif

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Ralph.....

What did you use to mount the gromment in? And how did you attach whatever you used to the rod?

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I think its as simple as finding a single foot rod guide that you can fit the appropriate grommet into and than wrapping and epoxying the guide onto your rod tip. Insert spring and presto!

I've got a couple TB rods that I would love to do this too but the St. Croix guys really get upset when you talk about utilizing this "patented" system in a manner other than on a Croix rod.

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Yes, I found an appropriately sized single-foot guide and expoxied and wrapped it to the tip of the rod. Squeezed the grommet in, and good to go. I smashed the ceramic insert out of the guide and it was lighter and easier to find the right sized grommet.

I'm not too concerned about these "St. Croix" guys blush.gif. Afterall, they sell the springs. And I'm not marketing it, so what are they gonna do about it?

And, this one happens to be on a St. Croix rod, just not one of their top of the line models grin.gif

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Check with your local Radio Shack. I've seen them in an assortment for sure, didn't notice if they stocked individual sizes. Phred52

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