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    Ole, the professional hardware stores here (industri och bygghandel) have imperial nuts and bolts, as well as dies and taps if you want to make your own inserts or drill-out and rethread a metric one. They don't carry things like t-nuts though. Another good local source would be a local branch of a UK car club: I sometimes used to get imperial threaded parts here from the local MG owners club.

    I just had a quick look though my favourite suppliers in the UK (both amatuer DIY and lab suppliers like RS components) and you're right, they are all metric now.

    McMaster Carr (www.mcmaster.com) will ship internationally and have several sorts of "Tee Nuts" in standard imperial threads.

    Surely those Scottish rigs are built with imperial fittings. They won't miss a couple of nuts now will they....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    So does HAMA - at a third of the price, but what I meant is that I can't go into a hardware shop and pick up a dozen 3/8" bolts/bushings/nuts or whatever.
    I shouldn't be entirely impossible; I bought a handful of 1/4"-20 nuts in a local (Oslo) hardware store. Check one of the more old fashioned stores - if you can find one that is - where everything isn't readlily packed in neat small plastic bags...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    I have a good need for a few of these - and 3/8" too, and the 1/4" inside - 3/8" outside converters. But all I can find on Europe is metric...
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    I am unsure if what we make would work for you, but we do make tripod sockets. They are solid brass and can be mounted flush or recessed into a shallow (.050 x 1.0 inch) counterbore. They are available in 1/4-20 or 3/8-16. They attach with three small flat head screws. Let me know if these will work for you.


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    Or not I guess. Boy, do I know how to kill a thread or what?
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    Not at all Barry. It's great to know that these sorts of essential but hard to find when you need them parts are available at a known source.

    I filed the post even if nobody else did :-)

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    thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satinsnow
    I am sure they could get you one, but their main business is shutters, not tripod threads. Hence I am sure the cost would be prohibitive.

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    S.K. Grimes is a machine shop for photographers and their equipment. While we also service shutters, the majority of our work involves the fabrication of various adapters, bushings, and plates. Samples of our work can be seen at www.skgrimes.com

    Tsuyoshi - We would welcome the opportunity to fabricate a tripod bushing to fit your needs.

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