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jazzpicker posted 07-16-2001 12:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for jazzpicker   Send Email to jazzpicker  
I have a 18 foot 1990 Outrage (Rockland boat)
and plan to replace the rubrail this summer but am having a slight problem.
The 4 phillips head screws in the bow bitt are impossible to remove. I have tried with an impact driver and can't budge them. I hesitate to drill them out not knowing how they are attached under the bow bitt. Can anyone help me in this matter? Thanks
LarrySherman posted 07-16-2001 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Try wd-40, let is soak at least 24 hrs. Then try impact driver. I had same problem, used wd-40 (several applications over two days), the impact driver, and ultimatly, a little head, applied sparingly (bough an adjustable temp heat gun at home cheapo).

Good luck, Larry

LarrySherman posted 07-16-2001 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Pardon me! A meant to say "a little HEAT." Talk about typos!
Tom W Clark posted 07-16-2001 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Larry's advice is right on the money. Don't be afraid of drilling them out if you have to; the biggest problem when drilling them is keeping the drill centered and not chewing up the bit itself.

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JimU posted 07-16-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
If heat (use an electric soldering iron) doesn't work or if you strip the philips head, go to your local hardware store and get an "easy out" (broken screw extracter) and the correct size drill bit and remove the screws with it. JIM
andygere posted 07-16-2001 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have had good luck using a product that gives your phillips head screwdriver better bite. I can't think of the name, but it comes in a little tube, and is available at most hardware stores. This will help prevent stripping out the screw head.

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