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Old 06-16-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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My sloppy contractor did not put in the screw to hold up our toilet paper holder. This is a screw that goes under the bottom so I just need the size to match, not the finish. Is there a standard size for these?

The holder keeps falling off without the screw.

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Old 06-16-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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Next time it falls off--take it to a hardware store---

That is a set screw and has a special head00not a standard screw at all.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Do you mean a little set screw? The fixture slides over a bracket attached to the wall and the little screw goes into the fixture part almost parallel to the wall so it cannot slip off the bracket?

I do not know what you mean about any sort of special screw holding the bottom otherwise. Please attach a picture or sketch if I have this wrong.

If it is such a set screw, they are a common size but not a common screw thread size. Take the fixture with you just in case. Your real, local hardware store that still has nuts, bolts, washers and set screws in bins will let you buy just one but get two. If you drop one you will not be cursing and spending hours trying to find it because the store is closed.

If you must go to a box store plan on spending the day. It will take an hour to find someone in an apron and at least five more to explain what a set screw is. You will then be directed to at least two wrong departments. When you finally get to where they are you will have to buy a bag of 500 which is good because 499 of them will have bad threads. Or the other common scenario is you will find the space where they are supposed to be empty.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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Just look for the fastner area.
It may be metrix so make sure it screws all the way in. Some standard and metric are so close buy will only start in the hole.
You will also need an allen wrench.
The screw that was in there in the first place was most likly a sloted head so you may want to change both screws so you do not to find two differant tools to work on it.
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Do you mean a little set screw? The fixture slides over a bracket attached to the wall and the little screw goes into the fixture part almost parallel to the wall so it cannot slip off the bracket?

I do not know what you mean about any sort of special screw holding the bottom otherwise. Please attach a picture or sketch if I have this wrong.

If it is such a set screw, they are a common size but not a common screw thread size. Take the fixture with you just in case. Your real, local hardware store that still has nuts, bolts, washers and set screws in bins will let you buy just one but get two. If you drop one you will not be cursing and spending hours trying to find it because the store is closed.

If you must go to a box store plan on spending the day. It will take an hour to find someone in an apron and at least five more to explain what a set screw is. You will then be directed to at least two wrong departments. When you finally get to where they are you will have to buy a bag of 500 which is good because 499 of them will have bad threads. Or the other common scenario is you will find the space where they are supposed to be empty.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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I agree with the other posters. Your best bet is to take the holder into your local hardware store and let them help you find the correct screw. If your trying to fasten the holder to the side of cabinetry it's probably a wood screw your looking for. If it's drywall the toilet paper holder is going to fasten to, a plastic EZ anchor with a machine screw should do the trick as they usually can hold upwards of 50lbs or so. If it's falling off of the clip that is fastened to the wall then you're probably looking for a set screw. If you post a picture we can help better. I've gotten good help with nuts and bolts in the past from Grattan Fasteners. I think their website is www.grattanfasteners.com hope that somewhat helps.

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Old 06-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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Just today, I had my tooth brush holder fall of the wall. In this case the set screw had come loose.
In my case the slotted set screw (8-32 in size) just needed a small slotted screw driver to tighten it up!

The set screw is not readily visible and perhaps it has just come loose. Look carefully in the screw hole and make sure that the set screw is, in fact missing! It may be in place, but not readily seen.

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