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Help sourcing these screws

Post by smesser » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:17 am

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Chippo1 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:27 am

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Dave54 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:29 am

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Rorschach » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:56 am

Is it metal, sometimes those screws with that design of head are plastic.
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Post by Dave54 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:04 pm

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Bob225 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:17 pm

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by smesser » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:42 pm

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by wine~o » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:45 pm

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Dave54 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:00 pm

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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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by Bob225 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:52 pm

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...
Getting back up off the floor is the problem and the interdimensional worm hole that eats everything
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Re: Help sourcing these screws

Post by wine~o » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:33 pm

Bob225 wrote: and the interdimensional worm hole that eats everything
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