Oh no, I forgot the screw

@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
July 19, 2016 12:26pm CST
Just prior to my holiday in Majorca I finished the superficial mowing of the lawn. The object was simply to remove the deep grass, which could then be tidied up properly on my return. Just as I was completing the job one of the arms of the lawnmower came away due to a screw working loose. The plan was quite simple, replace the screw once I came home. The weather today was excellent, so I decided to finish the garden properly. Unfortunately I had forgotten about the screw, so the idea was abandoned. I have now removed the corresponding screw from the other arm, but have absolutely no idea how to measure the size or thread of it. I usually check such dimensions by reading the packet they are sold in, which obviously will not work this time. My only option is to take the remaining screw to the store tomorrow and hopefully find an equivalent by trial and error.
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@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I hope you still have an old fashioned ironmongers there that will sell you one screw and you do not have to buy a bag of 50 or 100!!!!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
I would be happy with a bag of 50 if they are the right size. It will be far cheaper than a new lawnmower.
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@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
@Asylum That's true but lets hope you find somewhere where they sell just what you need without 49 going to waste!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 The chance of buyingone is likely as being abducted by aliens, so a pack will do fine. That is unless the aliens have a spare screw.
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@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jul 16
Can't you just get one screw the right size at the hardware store?
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
Highly doubtful, but a pack of the right size would be cheap and solve the issue perfectly.
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@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jul 16
@Asylum .......Great! Problem solved.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
@celticeagle That is assuming that I can recognise which pack is the right size.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jul 16
I hope you're able to find the right one for your mower so you can complete your garden work.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
So doI because the alternative would be to buy another lawnmower.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jul 16
@Asylum I hope it doesn't come to that.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
Me too because a pack of acrews would be much cheaper.
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@Fleura (7194)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
That's exactly what I was going to suggest, just get one to match the remaining one. It should be easy enough to measure the length and diameter with an ordinary ruler though, shouldn't it? Just the pitch of the thread can cause difficulty.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
The screw is a little small to measure so easily, especially since the diameter is not constant.
@Inlemay (16730)
• South Africa
19 Jul 16
you know what they say about any loose screws?
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
There was no need to be accurate.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Jul 16
Good luck on finding the right size screw. Like @garymarsh6 said, you may have to buy a package.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Jul 16
My neighbour has found a similar looking size, but I have not checked it yet.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Jul 16
@Asylum Oh, that would be great if your neighbor has the right size screw.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
27 Jul 16
@simone10 It turns out that he does not, so I am still in limbo.
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
20 Jul 16
There should be someone there who can tell exactly which side you need, there would be here.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
Maybe I should buy one in Connecticut then?
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@Asylum I think you should, mail it to me attached to a postcard and I will mail a second one back!!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
@BelleStarr This is an original way of bidding for a postcard.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
21 Jul 16
Lots of work for a simple crew!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
21 Jul 16
It is usually the insignificant items that are most difficult to find.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
21 Jul 16
@Asylum We can't even find someone now to sharpen a saw, a simple saw.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
Oh no, seems to be the time for mowers to mess up. According to my son, the muffler fell off our mower today, so my husband spent this afternoon fixing it. I hope you get yours put together again soon.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
I have given the screw to my neighbour so he can check through his collection.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
@Asylum, that would be nice if he had one.
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• Preston, England
21 Jul 16
maybe a website for the make of mower will give you the details @Asylum
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
21 Jul 16
This would still leave the problem of locating such a size and thread. I do not want to purchase one online because the shipping cost would be disproportionate. Hopefully my neighbour will find one among his collection of screws.
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@shshiju (10572)
• Cochin, India
20 Jul 16
I think you should search in hardware store in the same size.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
I tried earlier but quite in vain. Tomorrow I will be looking elsewhere.
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20 Jul 16
good luck. I hate it when i have to find the right size screw and it isn't as simple as it should be.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
It has already proven to be more elusive than expected.
• United States
20 Jul 16
I hope you were able to find the screw you needed
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
I went to Wilkinson's this afternoon, but they had no screws even similar. Tomorrow I am due to visit my old town of Bolton to see an old friend. This gives me the opportunity to try a store there called Gregory and Porritts.
@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
Does the shop sell that lawnmower brand? Maybe they will have a parts booklet which might help.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
20 Jul 16
I would not want to order one and wait ages after paying several pounds postage.
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@LoriAMoore (4665)
• United States
19 Jul 16
So you're going to get screwed tomorrow? Teehee
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
I probably shall one way or the other.
• United States
19 Jul 16
Those guys will know the size when you take it in. If not, I would be surprised.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
That is what I am relying upon.
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@Mike197602 (13866)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
duct tapethat fixes everything
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
I used it all on the ducks.
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