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Offline RB

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My dial screw heads are breakin off
« on: January 27, 2019, 09:31:45 PM »
 Got my dial ready to install in my Red Bar.
Started to attach the wires, and two of the screw heads broke off??? :o
So, now I need 5 good screws for this dial.
Anybody have some of these??
or know a good source?

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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 11:07:58 PM »
Don't lose your head over the phone ;)

Offline Dan/Panther

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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 01:52:06 PM »
Are you maybe applying a little too much torque to the screws ? Those screws are usually fairly strong.
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Offline Babybearjs

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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 05:35:08 PM »
the threading on these is 4-36. in some cases, I've rethreaded them to 4-40. 4-40 is more common and easier to find. 4-36 is used by LIONEL for hobby train hardware. you have to go through a hobby shop if you want that size... if they have it...
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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 06:59:44 PM »
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I was surprised to see that Fastenal STILL sells this size with a slotted pan head but only by the "each" and for real money. A year or two ago, you could get 100 of these at Fastenal for under $5 but they went through a period where they sold all of the "odd" sizes off in quantity at a discount and now apparently have "some" but for money. Shipping is free to a local store. There may be other places sources. I found in a Google search the are available in brass and different heads. You can get these "$2" a lot cheaper if you buy them 1,000 at a time from other sources, probably made on order. These at Fastenal are 1/4" long which should work, longer screws, if you find them, can be cut to length with a Dremel circular cutting tool.

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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2019, 08:34:04 AM »
Thank you

Offline Bob S

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Re: My dial screw heads are breakin off
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2019, 10:15:59 AM »
Old phone works have them I git a dozen at a time. http://www.oldphoneworks.com/screws-dial-mounting-set-of-3.html