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Undoing very tight screws


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What is the issue?
Screws, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on a sea going vessels.

Why address this?
A seized screw can cause major delay and on occasion damage if it has to be dug out.

How to address this?
Add extra leverage and screw slot pressure by using a traditional wood brace, as presented in figure 1, to un-turn the screw.

In most cases standard screw driver bit sets fit directly into the brace. A washer filed flat on one edge can be rigged to address flat head screws. Be careful not to turn off the screws heads with the additional power.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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