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Old 01-03-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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I am attempting to restore my 24' a Boles Aero. The towel rack and paper towel rack are secured by six standard screws (not Phillips). They are tight but cannot be made tighter nor can either of them be taken out the racks are rock solid and the screws are tight but turn (both directions). There is no way to reach them from behind without destroying the cabinet. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 01-03-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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Try inserting the edge of a putty knife or other very thin piece of metal under the edge of the screw head and apply outward pressure as you turn the screw with a good screwdriver. Many times a screw will start to back out if there is pressure on it like that. If that fails I would break out the Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel. With the screw heads off and the rack out of the way you can grip the end of the cutoff screw with vice-grips and it should unscrew as you pull outward and unscrew at the same time.
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I use a Grabit set as a drill/extractor. Clean and easy and less than $20.00.

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Best thing for that job is screw pliers . Engineer PZ-58 Screw Pliers GT - -
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Thanks for the this point, I'm dragging out the Dremel and saving the neat racks...this is a great forum!
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:29 AM   #6
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If the screw turns in both directions none of these grip or retract suggestions will get it out. The dremel will get you a bit further.....Unless you get a small amount of "pull" pressure on it and then try to re-engage the threads on the aluminum thin panel.

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