I am trying to mount a new light fixture which has a decorative head for the screws that hold the fixture to the plate.
One of the screws is too long for the existing fixture, so I attempted to look for the same screw but 1/4" in shorter.
I took the screw and decorative nut to the hardware store to try matching the size. I am 99% sure the screw is 32 threads/inch by comparison with an 8-32 screw at the store. However, the 8-32 screw is barely too large for the decorative nut, and a 6-32 is too small.
I looked into metric screws, and M4-0.70 is too large and M3 too small.
What might I be missing here? My other option is to just cut the existing screw, but I'd rather figure out what's going on first, just in case.