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willysp



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would use a bolt extractor. Try to buy good or decent quality. You can find them in a hardware store for less than 3 dollars each

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-Spiral-Screw-Extractor-A96SE07/202972057#.Uo2PXkLTljo

I've used them to remove big bolts completely stuck on metal threads with no problem. Start the hole with a small drill bit. You don't need to go really deep; the package should say how deep but usually is three times the diameter of the largest drill bit used to drill the hole. Don't forget to try to drill right in the middle of the bolt.
As someone said, you don't want to "burn" your drill bit (if you burn it, it won't make a hole or it will be really difficult) so you want to drill slow and use some kind of lubricant (or have a glass with water to submerge de drill bit often -before it gets hot-). In my opinion, that is better that banging the board with a hammer or impact driver.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy out, screw extractor, same thing. You start with drilling a small hole, problem is drilling with little drill bits they like to break off, then you are screwed. If you manage to get a nice small hole drilled the the easy out can break off in the hole and you are really screwed again.
With a left handed drill bit you drill counter clockwise, you can use a bigger bit that is more unlikely to break, usually after you drill for a while it catches and unscrews
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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quigley



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never had much luck drilling out stuck or rusted phillips screws. I use a Dremel Tool to cut a nice slot and then a large flat blade screw driver to remove the screw.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windswell, where are you? I'm a carpenter/maintenance man, and have extracted dozens of frozen screws, I'd be happy to do it for you if you're anywhere close to Thousand Oaks, Ca.

Please don't try to use a hammer-style impact wrench on your delicate board!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would just fill the sides of the hole around the screw with surf wax and sail on.

seriously

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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the way to go if you don't fly with your board and can't unscrew the plug. I never touch my vent screws.
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spennie wrote:
windswell, where are you? I'm a carpenter/maintenance man, and have extracted dozens of frozen screws, I'd be happy to do it for you if you're anywhere close to Thousand Oaks, Ca.

Please don't try to use a hammer-style impact wrench on your delicate board!


most boards are built to be strong, delicate is not the term I would use.
The vent screw is reinforced on installation .

I still say, liquid wrench, heat some and tap with a hammer,

not sledge hammer either.

I like the dremel idea as well, to cut the head, but may not be enough to gain a good grip

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kmf



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not sure that liquid wrench is the right solution to free the frozen part. I am thinking that what has the plug frozen is salt water, which has evaporated and left all kinds of sea water minerals and salt on the threads. Hot water would be a better solvent for this type of mixture as those minerals and salt will dissolve in warm water readily. I ran into this same problem with the zipper on a board bag that was given to me, the zipper was completely frozen and after all kinds of time trying to free it with petroleum lubes, what finally freed it up was warm water, then after I got it working and dried it off, I applied the oil based stuff to keep it working smoothly.

Just a thought before you go to extreme measures.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I google, the problem just to see if anyone had a idea that hasn't been proposed yet, basically they all say , some spray, and heat



http://commutercruiser.com/how-to-loosen-a-frozen-bolt/

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