Yesterday, my manager decided she would help by replacing a kitchen
light bulb over the kitchen work surface. The lampshade is held on by 3
stupid screws. She detached the glass shade without breaking it and
after replacing the bulb proceeded to screw the shade back up. The screw
have about 5 turns so if you undo them slightly too much, the damn
things fall out. This of course happened. She now knows that if you drop
a screw 3ft from an uncovered sink that it will always fall down the
plug hole.Having recovered her poise and belatedly covered the sink, I
was now stuck with the problem of finding her a new screw. (No Adam, not
that sort!) Anyway, I thought IKEA lampshade, it must be metric. Wrong
again, nothing metric would fit. Having severe squirrel ten/1ncies, I
have a very, very large junk collection and by luck, I found that the
screw was 3/16 Whitworth and in one of my drawers was an exact
replacement for the lost screw. She then refitted the lampshade without
dropping another screw, for which I was very thankful. Junk is good!
Yes indeed it is, but sadly I've lost a lot of mine when I had some sheds
removed that had about reached falling over status.
Its really annoying when you cannot find a 5 foot bit of wire or a 4BA screw
when you need one.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:10:12 AM UTC, Brian Gaff wrote:
in response to the wise after the event comments about recovering the screw
from the trap personally I wouild prefer to root around for a replacement
rather than crawl under the sink, remove all the cleaning materials,end up
with a sleeve full of water and the mop up the mess
Alteratively, you could have found a small neodymium magnet stuck to a metal
plate with a small hole, as salvaged form and old hard drive, tied two foot of
string to it (from a spool of 16 miles of fine thread), dropped it down the
sink, and hauled out the screw.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.