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Forum topic by CharlesNeil posted 02-10-2015 09:19 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesNeil

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02-10-2015 09:19 PM

I personally think that the dictionary need to add to the word “frustration” stripped off broken screws.

here is a tip ,

First off be sure the drill bit size is correct and pre-drill, especially in hard woods, also use a lubricant, there are many commercially available ones, how ever a wax toilet ring, works super well and is pretty inexpensive and last for ever it seems.

The big tip however is to look at the the screw, especially brass screws used with hardware, you will note just under the head is an area that is not threaded, and in most cases the thread is slightly tapered, so when it gets to the unthreaded part of the shaft, its actually a bit fatter, here is the issue, the screw hole while working for the shaft, is too small for the unthreaded part of the shaft this is where they usually break, when trying to get the final little bit seated. Simply take a slightly larger drill bit and just bump the top of the hole to give the unthreaded shaft some added clearance, usually about 1/8 or 3/16 deep, Makes a huge difference.

Also when using brass screws, be sure to use a steel one first, sure will save a lot of

“frustration”

BTW, remember especially with brass screws snug is the word, don’t over torque it


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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 11:02 PM

Good tip!

I always used a steel one first, after I learned the Hard way…

Never have taken care of the other little hole clearing task.

Thank you very much!

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 11:05 PM

Joe we did , we shipped about 60 pair, the Doc was delighted. You can never go wrong helping other.

Had an old Pentecostal preacher tell me one time “boy you know what you gonna find when you get to heaven ?”, I responded, “no”, he then said “everything you gave away ”, never forgot it .

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 11:08 PM

Very GOOD!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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