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Old 07-06-2022, 09:03 AM   #1
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Important looking screw found rolling around

Found this gold screw rolling around near the electrical panel (cover was still closed). Looks important...

Seems like the type of screw used to secure the wiring in a breaker - slotted as well as a square driver.

All the cables in the breakers seem to be secure/everything electrical seems to work.

Any ideas of where this might have come from or areas I should look?

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Old 07-06-2022, 09:09 AM   #2
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Looks like a negative buss bar lug.

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Old 07-06-2022, 09:10 AM   #3
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Look on a buss bar for an open hole, no screw in it. Also look for loose wire that is stripped and has indentation on wire showing it WAS connected.
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Possibly came out of the neutral or ground bus bar. Probably an extra?
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:20 AM   #5
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Great suggestions - I bet that's where it came from ~ Neg. bus bar. I'll report back!

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Probably an extra?
Yes likely IMO.

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Old 07-07-2022, 10:06 AM   #7
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Hinge Screw

Looks like the adjustment screw for a European hinge
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Old 07-07-2022, 11:19 AM   #8
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Might have been an extra that fell out of techs tool bag. People have found loose parts and pieces that weren't cleaned up after assembly, then bounced into view after travel.
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Old 07-07-2022, 02:41 PM   #9
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Looks like the adjustment screw for a European hinge
Yup, I vote for that hypothesis... we are staying tuned !
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Old 07-07-2022, 02:51 PM   #10
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Buss bar, euro hinge and a ufo part.

Canít wait for the rest of the story!

All interesting possibles.
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Yeah I was all in on the bus bar theory but then the hinge theory came on board and I said WHOA NELLIE! Still waitin' for the answer
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Old 07-07-2022, 09:13 PM   #12
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We find things like that all the time. Sometimes I find where they go and sometimes it drives me crazy till I realized that when they assemble these,. If the tech drops a screw, it is often more time efficient to get another than find the one they dropped.
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. . . a ufo part.
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Most likely!
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Old 07-08-2022, 06:22 AM   #14
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Throw it away, then you will figure out where it was supposed to go.
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Old 07-11-2022, 03:56 PM   #15
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The finish would lead me to an adjustment screw on a European hinge.
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Buss bar, euro hinge and a ufo part.

Canít wait for the rest of the story!

All interesting possibles.
This was the first and only mention of UFOís. I am willing to accept that as the real cause if you can show the evidence. Do space aliens spread strange screws around? Do they have transmitters to the mother ship? Can they control Airstreams from the dark side of the moon? What info is the ďsite teamĒ holding back from us?

If I werenít convinced that UFOís are the answer, Iíd agree it may have been dropped by a worker. He may have seen one was missing and got another screw, dropped it, it rolled underneath something and it was lunch time, then he at his lunch and forgot about the screw. I have seen square drive screws that also can be used by a standard slot screwdriver, but not that many. They may cost slightly more to make, so they arenít that common. Square and star drive screws arenít that commonly used because most people donít have adapters for them, but they, like Philips screws, have become more common with time. If it is from a cabinet hinge adjuster, where is the askew cabinet door? Buss bars sometimes have unused screws, so it may have come from thatónever tightened, it easily backed out. You may never find the original place for it.

Could it be our future space alien overlords do these things, like leaving trash anywhere they can hide it in Airstreams, to confuse and weaken us?
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Gremlins

Surprised no one mentioned a stray gremlin as is usually blamed in an aircraft.
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Old 07-14-2022, 12:39 AM   #18
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Finding stray parts seems to be a fairly regular occurrence for me. I just keep a bag for stray parts and eventually I I find where they belong or use them somewhere else in the trailer.
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