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Releasing seized wood screws by heat


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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, or set of screws, can halt a project, cause frustration and cost money.

How to address this?
Apply heat to the screw with a traditional soldering iron as presented in figure 1.
Laying a soldering iron on the head of the screw will transfer the heat through the metal body of the screw causing it to break its locking bond with the surrounding wood.
Any soldering iron will work. The traditional soldering iron presented in figure 1 is particularly useful on a sea going vessel as it requires no power and can be easily heated on the galley stove.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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