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Old 05-17-2003, 04:20 PM   #15
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Chas & Craig,
Thanks for the updated info. If it ever stops raining here in Tennessee, I'll be back at it. Still haven't figured how to remove the broken tap. If I can do that, I will not have to remove the lock, just re-tap and replace with a new screw-button.

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Old 05-17-2003, 05:24 PM   #16
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Lightbulb Broken tap ?


Are you sure it is a broken tap. If so , being taps are hardened , you are in for a bit of work . I hahe had luck with breaking them into small pieces to get out. Then over size the hole a little and retap. Sometimes to a metric thread.

If it is part of a screw, there are left hand drill bits available thru tool dealers like Snap On. I used to have good luck with them and some penetrate lube. Useing a bit small enough to not cut the threads , as you drill , the combination of vibration and heat as well as the penetrant usually spins the screw out as you drill.

Just some thoughts from a once upon a time auto tech.

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Check for a tool called an "Easy Out", same principle. But easier to find than a Snap On man.
You can find some machinist ones, all sizes, very good. Or some of acceptable quality at auto part stores, or dirt cheap ones at WalMart.
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Loren & Chantal,
Thanks for the info. I'll go slow and try to fix the lock. May have to get out the dynamite. If I have any left after the last fishing trip.

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