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Muh new gooseberry stool

The gooseberries are ripe and I need a new gooseberry stool. Gooseberries, if you’ve never picked them, have wicked sharp thorns. And, to add insult to injury, they have to be topped and tailed before they can be frozen. They’re an all-around pain in the ass.

I mean, a gooseberry crumble on a cold Winter’s afternoon is a lovely thing, but a gooseberry bush in July not so much.

I have a really nice wood and leather artist’s field stool, but it lost a round-headed nut. One of these:




I brought it from the States so it’s almost certainly imperial and my chances of correctly replacing it – even if I drag the whole stool around with me – are slim.

That, incidentally is called an acorn nut. And I know this because in my travels, I stumbled across the very informative Boltscience Glossary.

See? This post isn’t as lame as you thought.

Or is it???


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 13, 2021, 9:21 pm



And just hope your shipment isn’t in a container ship stuck in the Suez.

I refuse to discuss the idea you can’t get imperial measure items in what USED to be the heart of the Empire.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 13, 2021, 9:32 pm

It’s even worse than you think. I have a relative who is an engineer. He has major difficulty getting the correct imperial nuts/bolts/whatever to service machines his company made years ago and which would, for the want of these tiny components, still be completely serviceable and usable.

And yes, I am deeply ashamed of this and many other examples of our irrational capitulation to the Euroloons.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 13, 2021, 9:51 pm

Gooseberries. Oh THAT trigger long repressed childhood memories – depression era farm labor, depression era wages, and living conditions. I was born after, but my mother lived through it and she tried to educate me about ‘work ethic.’ Took me to Sunday School, and papa got me in Boy Scouts. Screwed my life up good, it did.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 13, 2021, 10:22 pm

You may be able to use this chart, but you will, of course, have to replace both the bolt or screw and the acorn nut.

US to Metric Conversion Table - Hardware
inch ... mm
1/16 ... 1.6
1/8 .... 3.2
3/16 ... 4.8
1/4 .... 6.4
5/16 ... 7.9
3/8 .... 9.5
7/16 ... 11
1/2 .... 13
9/16 ... 14
5/8 .... 16
11/16 .. 17
3/4 .... 19
13/16 .. 21
7/8 .... 22
15/16 .. 24
1 ...... 25
1-1/8 .. 29
1-1/4 .. 32
1-3/8 .. 35
1-1/2 .. 38
1-5/8 .. 41
1-3/4 .. 45
1-7/8 .. 48
2 ...... 51
2-1/4 .. 57
2-1/2 .. 64
2-3/4 .. 70
3 ...... 76
3-1/4 .. 83
3-1/2 .. 89
3-3/4 .. 95
4 ..... 102
4-1/2 . 114
5 ..... 127
5-1/2 . 140
6 ..... 152
6-1/2 . 165
7 ..... 178

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 13, 2021, 10:47 pm

@Uncle Badger — I have a friend who has a single-digit membership number in the Vincent Owners Club, and who owns several of the old but wonderful motorcycles. Add Whitworth into the Imperial and Metric mess and he comes forth with some VERY colorful language.

Comment from ron
Time: July 13, 2021, 10:51 pm

could you replace the bolt with metric bolt/nut?

may be easier than finding correct nut

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 13, 2021, 11:23 pm

Even if a hardware or fastener store didn’t have the size you need, the store should have a nut and thread gauge so you can measure the size and maybe order replacements (Amazon stocks acorn nuts). Or tell me, and I’ll send you replacements. 🙂 We can’t have you falling over.

Comment from p2
Time: July 14, 2021, 12:16 am

How many of those silly things do ya want? Or just go to the ironmonger’s and get the hardware you need to replace the bolts too. If the bolts aren’t replaceable, i.e. they’re studs, measure the diameter of the bolt/stud and let me know. There are only two thread pitches for each bolt diameter, coarse & fine. Acorn nuts are cheap…I’ll ship ya a couple dozen of each thread pitch.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 14, 2021, 1:30 pm

Or replace your portable seat with a Luggable Loo!

A double doodie device, you can sit on, or s*it on.


I’ll show myself out, again, shall I?

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 14, 2021, 4:22 pm

My first thought was replacing the bolt, but I found a very curious thing when I looked at it: the three bolts are actually one bolt joined in the center with three arms. Never seen one like it, including a quick Google search.

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