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Old 03-27-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Lightbulb CAN'T GET A "LOCKED" SCREW OUT?? (READ THIS TIP)

Have you ever had a screw stuck that just won't come out? I have and yes, I've done what everyone else has probably had to to before. Get the dremel out & cut a slot in the head (and my chassis) and get a large straight head screwdriver out and "hope" it comes out before you torque the head of the screw off.

Well, I tried something last night that worked great!! So next time you have a stubborn screw try this!

#1) If it doesn't come out naturally....DON'T force it! You'll just strip it out....

#2) Put a drop or two of WD-40 around the head of the screw (where you can see the edge of the countersink)

#3) Wait about 10 minutes.....

#4) Take your soldering iron and heat up the head of the screw for about 1 minute...... the oil will boil around the head and it'll loosen up the threads.

THEN>> Give it a good TWIST! and walaaaaa! It should come out...

If not, heat it up for another minute and try again.... but remember Don't force it.... it'll eventually work. It did for me...!

Hope this helps someone out there!!!
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Has anyone else tried this before?
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Sears also sells a screw out kit for about $20. The size is perfect for the screws we use and only takes about 10 seconds to do. It will damage the screw itself, but leaves the chassis perfect. Its a good alternative when you just cant get the screw out no matter how hard you try.
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Sounds good...... Thanks for the tip I'll try that next time that happens to me!
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Thanks RCGuy! -- I'll have to try that if I strip out the head... but try my tip if you want to give it a shot before you go out and spend $20....

It worked for me.... and I didn't ruin the screw!

Just remember don't force it, cuz you don't want to strip the screw
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a good tip, I'll try that next time. See ya Wed. Todd. I'm back.
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Nice tip... I will give it a try this spring.

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NICE

ill defiently remember that one
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You don't really need to use the WD-40, the heat alone will break the bond of the thread lock. Although I suppose the WD-40 could help if it could actually get down into the threads.
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You don't really need to use the WD-40, the heat alone will break the bond of the thread lock. Although I suppose the WD-40 could help if it could actually get down into the threads.

Yeah - that's what I thought too...but the heat alone didn't work (for me at least). So I thought I'd try the wd 40 by itself - & that didn't work either so on my 3rd attempt I said "wtf" I'll try heating it up with the wd40 and waalaaaa!

It Worked!

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I guess just heating the screw makes it expand, so it gets "bite" on the chassis material?
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replace all your screws with euro style countersunk torx screws like the Corally ones then you will not have this problem in the first place
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replace all your screws with euro style countersunk torx screws like the Corally ones then you will not have this problem in the first place
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very nice tip...i'll try this tonight.....
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replace all your screws with euro style countersunk torx screws like the Corally ones then you will not have this problem in the first place
Hey Andy --

This was on my RDX.....
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