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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:20 am    Post subject: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

Howdy all,
I posted this up on MCB awhile back. Nobody replied to it yet. Thought I'd bounce it off some of the heads here. (Hopefully the link is cool to post)

www.mcarterbrown.com/f...stion.html

I had screw on a piece of drum hardware strip out before. My friend who had a drill press 'tapped' it out. (drilled into it with a smaller bit and was able to get it out somehow) However, the piece of drum hardware was not very complicated. My friend drilled through the stripped screw and kept going into a shaft. But the shaft was sturdy enough to withstand a small drill hole in it. If some else were to do that with this reg, it would be junk. So if I could find someone to 'tap' it out, they'd have to be really good with their drill press. Do you guys think a screw this small would be difficult to 'tap' out?
Another idea, take a small flathead screwdriver and pound it into the screw and then unscrew it(providing the screwdriver holds) This last idea is probably bad since it would most likely damage the threading so another screw might not screw back in correctly?

What would the ICDO in you guys do?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

If you can find one small enough, an easy out might work. Basically the same concept as pounding a flathead screw driver into it.

Maybe use some super glue and glue the 5/64 Allen into the stripped screw? If it works, it might ruin the Allen wrench.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

yea i would say go to the hardware store and look for a bolt/screw extractor or reverse drill bit that will fit. If not the super glue is a pretty good idea, jbweld might be a little stronger. If your going to be changing the o rings anyway heating up the body of the reg might help make removal easier, just try not to heat up the screw directly.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

Easiest thing to do is to jbweld an allen wrench in the hole, provided that the screw is not inset in the body, you don't want any JBweld on the threads. Let set and then add a little heat (30 sec in boiling water) and remove. You lose the screw and the wrench, but it works almost every time.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:44 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

63VDub wrote:
Easiest thing to do is to jbweld an allen wrench in the hole, provided that the screw is not inset in the body, you don't want any JBweld on the threads. Let set and then add a little heat (30 sec in boiling water) and remove. You lose the screw and the wrench, but it works almost every time.

good trick..i'll have to put that one in my magic bag... Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:46 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

Thanks to all for the advice.

I'll see if I can get around to it in the next few weeks and let you know how it turns out.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:19 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

So far JB Weld hasn't worked for me yet. First time I applied it I only waited about 20 hours before torquing the wrench. I didn't apply heat to it either. Yes, I know, mistake. The wrench came off.
The second time I waited three days. Heated the reg before torquing. Once again nothing. Allen wrench came off and the set screw stayed right where it was.
I was careful about applying the weld. I'm pretty sure I didn't get any on the threads. It is hard though, since the top of the set screw is flush with body of the reg. Doesn't leave much wiggle room. I might have stripped the screw too much at this point too. Heck, maybe it was stripped too much to begin with.
When I took it to the hardware store, I found that the 1/16th wrench fit it and not a 5/64th. I think I might try it with an equivalent metric wrench. Maybe that might help shore up some of that "loose-ness". Maybe a 2mm?

Bonus: I searched around for allen wrenches(to try and figure out corresponding standard and metric sizes) and on Wikipedia found out that in Sweden they call them insexnyckle. There's a large Scandinavian population in Astoria, so I might go back to that hardware store and ask for a "2mm in-sex-nickel" and see what they say. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

thats funny.

If the different more accurately sized wrenches don't help, you may have no choice but to drill it out.

The screw may already be so damaged that none of the wrenches can get the proper bite to extract your screw.

if the screw is aluminum it would drill out pretty easy, i had to drill out a QEV barb on my EGO valve body a while back. but if it's steel it will be trickier. why is this screw being such a bear? is it locktit'd in there?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

I would drill a small pilot hole through the core of the screw and pound a small easy out down there, thats what I do with every stripped screw I have come across.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for removing a stripped set screw

As far as I can remember, there isn't any loctite on there. It's been over 5 years(and probably more like eight) since this reg has seen the light of day so I can't really vouch for it. I'm fine with using it as a gas thru if nothing else. It's more of a heirloom of my paintball gear than anything.

I'll look into the easy out tool. At first Maloneonie mentioned it and I didn't realize he was talking about an acutal tool, I though he was just using it as a phrase of speech. Ahhh....yesh, learning everyday here.

I might try to sneak into my work's shop to use their drill press if I get a chance. I'm being told I might be laid off next month so I guess I'd better get on it.
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