An OT question about hardware and I do mean hardware
Since some of you guys know absolutely everything about hardware, and I know next to nothing, I ask you please to consider my present quandary:
I have a cable terminating in a male DB-25 connector equipped with thumbscrews. (ObAUE: Anything with a DB-25 is by now approaching a properly folkloric age, right?)
I connect it to the socket on my latest sub-$13.00 eBay acquisition (an HP Jetdirect EX Plus print server, but you don't need to know that).
I tighten the left thumbscrew. It screws into a little hexagonal post thingie that in turn terminates in a screw that secures it permanently in place (until it works loose) as part of the female DB-25 connector mounted on the chbuttis of the beast.
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I go to tighten the right thumbscrew, and behold, the identical little hexagonal post thingie that it is supposed to screw into is missing.
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Well, I expect I have another one in my junk box somewhere, so it's no big deal (though with my luck it will of course have the wrong thread or a different length) -- and the gear of course will work without it (though with increased risk of the cable pulling loose and causing some sort of mischief).
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Still, I'm thinking maybe I ought at least to mention to the guy who sold it to me that the bit of gear described in his auction as being in "excellent condition" was in fact missing a five-cent part, even though he is a nice guy and he charged me less for shipping than he actually paid to the post office and I intend to leave positive feedback despite the missing thingie.
But my question is: WHAT IS THE PROPER NAME OF THE HEXAGONAL POST THINGIE??
Googling has produced a few candidates, without an overwhelming number of hits on any of them. leading me to think that maybe I haven't stumbled on the name by which "everybody" calls it. The candidates thus far are:
jackscrew screwnut hex post screwlock pillar screwlock fixing post standoff
BTW, the "parts list" on HP's support site is no help, as HP deems this unit to consist of exactly two parts: the wall-bug power supply, and the main unit itself. Hey, at least the price of the wall bug is VERY reasonable!
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