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I was attaching the typical closet lock to my closet. In the process I lost the one screw i had left to insert in that opening that attach's the knob to the spindle. I have no extra and hate to buy another lock just for that one screw. I don't know what its called...its not tapered and of course very short. Any ideas? Do they sell them in a hardware store without the locks?
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It's called a set screw and they come in various sizes and colors. I suggest you bring what you have in to any good hardware store and ask, they should be able to get you want you need for a little pocket change.
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Closet lock? Lock?
Are you talking about the turn knob aka a passthru knob?
Very short? The ones I've always seen are very long. Two of them. Anyway, you can probably get one at HD or Lowe's. Just bring in the other one. Either the staff MAY be able to help you or in the hardware aisle there is probably a machine screw thread gauge
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I don't know what yo mean by typical.
And do you mean lock or door latch. The only closets I have had that lock, in houses going back to the '30's used skeleton keys. Do you mean that kind of lock?
Otherwise, the doorknobs have looked just like the doorknobs on the bedroom except that they DIDN"T lock.

This does sound like a set screw. That is just a threaded shaft with no head, nothing bigger in diameter than the shaft. Are the threads in the knob, and when tightened it just presses on the spindle? If so, you only have to take the knob....well take the knob and spindle if you can so you can get a set screw that fits the hole and screws in, and is the right length, so little or nothing sticks out when it is tightened, but it's long enough to reach the spindle.
Set scrrew come with flat slots or hex-shaped slots. I think hardware stores usually sell flat but I'm not sure. If you get hex, make sure you have a hex wrench to tighten it. A set of hex wrenches is iirc bout 4 dollars or less.
If somehow you can't get a set screw that fits, you can use a screw with a head. GEt a round headed machine screw, round headed so you don't scratch your fingers when you use the knob. It has to be a little longer than the set screw.

Definitely, if you mean set screws.
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