cross-thread

cross-thread

[′krȯs ‚thred]
(engineering)
To screw together two threaded pieces without aligning the threads correctly.
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If you think to yourself, "Did they cross-thread something?" You can relax, that's how it's supposed to look.
The dirty bolts cross-thread easily; gasket adhesive doesn't stick well; it's no fun to work on dirty stuff; and you can't see what's really going on underneath all the grime.
Fourteen laps later, another cross-thread with the same wheel delayed Hamilton, forcing Whitmarsh to make the change.
Another cross-thread with the same wheel delayed Hamilton 14 laps later, forcing Whitmarsh to make the change.
Fourteen laps later, another cross-thread with the same wheel delayed Hamilton, who, from second on the grid, was forced to settle for eighth, ultimately losing his championship lead to Red Bull race winner Sebastian Vettel who took the chequered flag for the 22nd time in his career.
Captive screws keep parts to a minimum and intact, and the anti cross-thread design provides added value by correcting off-angle installations, aligning components, and easily sliding through clogged internal threads.
When the cords were pulled, the silk threads were lifted so the cross-thread either went over or under them, creating the pattern.
The extension tubes screw on with fine threads that might be easy to cross-thread. Also, if they weren't on tight, I found they could loosen and turn under the weight of a star diagonal and heavy eyepiece if they were tilted towards the left side of the focuser, causing them to unscrew and flop down unnervingly.
You also must make sure that the screw starts squarely in the hole since the plastic is so soft that you can easily cross-thread the hole.
Never cross-thread 'em or the entire hold-down assembly has to be replaced.
* An anti cross-thread feature which, as threads come into contact, begins to cam over the female thread; the two thread helixes align; and fasteners drive quickly and properly.
"However, particularly in SMEs like here at Norcott, I need what I call 'cross-threaded people'.