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Old 03-23-2010, 05:46 AM   #1
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Vent cover rusted screws

First roof project is providing alot of opportunities. Removing the vent cover's eight rusted galvanized screws was a challenge. Learned that penetrating oil for three days does help seven screws. Used screwdriver with visegrips to give me more leverage. Eighth screw would not budge and ended up stripping head of screw. Screw extractor did not work. Ended up breaking off the hardened steel extractor in top of the screw. Four broken bits later decided I needed to do something else. Neighbor took a small cold chiesel and slowly worked the screwhead back and forth (like breaking a coathanger) and the screwhead popped off. Lifted cover off and exposed the headless screw. Removed the remaining part of the screw with visegrips. Noticed there are alot of rusted screws in my future. Now on to the clean-up. Jack

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