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Old 06-11-2007, 07:10 AM
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Default Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

Hi Guys,

How do you remove a broken screw ????

I was attaching the landing gear on my p-51 when the head of the screw snapped off leaving the body of the screw in the pre-drilled hole.

Does anyone have any ideason how to remove it ?

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Old 06-11-2007, 07:16 AM
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an extractor
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:26 AM
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Default RE: Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

Is it into wood? One of the first things I would try is using a ***** punch to drive what is left of the screw loose. If the area you are working on is too fragile a left handed drill bit will also do the trick quite well.
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Default RE: Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

Sounds to me like we're talking about a vrey small screw, like a #4 or #6 and if you broke the head off, It's also safe to assume that it is pretty darn tight.

An extractor really isn't an option - it's too small

Punching it out could very easily do damage.

Just drill new holes next to its original position and install the plate with new screws - If you want to, you can grind off the old screw if it's protruding
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:09 AM
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Default RE: Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

If there's any metal protruding above the wood it "might" be possible to grab it with tiny wire cutters and turn it out. Minn's suggestion is probably what you'll have to do though.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:22 AM
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With a Dremel tool and a thin cutoff wheel grind a slot into the screw and use a flat screw driver to remove it.
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Default RE: Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

If its a nylon screw, then heat the tip of a pocket screw driver & insert it into the remaining part of the screw in the plane. remove the screw driver after forming the nice slot, & with a cool'd off screw driver, remove the screw out of the plane.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:05 PM
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Default RE: Help ... quick question !!!! how to remove broken screw

Hi All ...

Thanks for the tips. I'll operate tonight and see how it goes.

It is into wood and it's a small metal screw. Must have been a dud screw because it was not screwed in very tight.

This is my very first build ... I hope the rest of the plane etc go together without too much hastle !!!

Once again, thanks for your advice. All the best.

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:03 AM
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Or, get a mouse to chew it out - I'm sure some Chinese ARF's have screws made out of cheese!....[8D]
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