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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:17 am 
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Hi all,

Am wondering if you can help me - I was fiddling with a light fitting we recently purchased and undid the small screw at the base of the fitting which takes the weight of the fitting when hung. Predictably, I then dropped the screw & it's nowhere to be found (and the fitting shipped without spares)...

I've attached some images here - as you can see it's a tiny screw (about 5mm long and the same diameter). I've no idea at all where to get some replacements and am wondering if you can help me...


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Looks like some form of “grub” screw around M6 thread. A grub screw with a hex socket would no doubt do the job.

Look up ur local fastener suppliers, they will most likely just give you a grub screw FOC or penny,s



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It's called a grub screw. Possibly M5 or M6 5 or 6 mm long
You'll probably find that the ones available are hex drive for an allen key.
Either Ebay, or a local engineer's supply place.
Take the existing one with you.
You can, at a pinch, cut a slot across the end of a bolt, and then cut a piece of thread off the end of the bolt to suit.
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Is it metal, sometimes those screws with that design of head are plastic.



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Rorschach wrote:
Is it metal, sometimes those screws with that design of head are plastic.

Good point! That design of slot was scratching in my head somehow.


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Rorschach wrote:
Is it metal, sometimes those screws with that design of head are plastic.


A close up you can see the sprue mark in the middle of the thread more than likely a nylon grub screw, If its a cheap Chinese light fitting it could be a imperial thread


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Hi all! It is plastic as you say. Thanks for the responses - from what you're saying it sounds as though I need to go somewhere a bit more specialist than Screwfix?


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Have a look at these https://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/nylon-grub-screws

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No idea where to get a replacement, when I have dropped small items like that I find the best way to find them is to lay on the floor and get your eye as close as possible to the floor and have a good look... surprising what you can find...

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wine~o wrote:
No idea where to get a replacement, when I have dropped small items like that I find the best way to find them is to lay on the floor and get your eye as close as possible to the floor and have a good look... surprising what you can find...


Good idea that. Same sort of principle, get a small bright torch and shine it across the floor as low down as possible.
Picks it out with the light and it throws a shadow as well.


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No idea where to get a replacement, when I have dropped small items like that I find the best way to find them is to lay on the floor and get your eye as close as possible to the floor and have a good look... surprising what you can find...


Getting back up off the floor is the problem and the interdimensional worm hole that eats everything


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and the interdimensional worm hole that eats everything


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