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|Author||Topic: skeg guard|
posted 02-02-2002 02:28 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know what kind of tool is used to remove the stainless bolts that are used with skeg guards. The only way I know how to describe them is they have a slot for a flat head screwdriver in one direction but are beveled on the back side of the slot where a flat head will not remove them. Any ideas?
posted 02-02-2002 07:22 PM ET (US)
Sounds like they are security fasteners. They are designed so that they can't be removed. You may have to drill them out.
posted 02-02-2002 07:41 PM ET (US)
Don't drill them out completely. Use an
Ez-out. But I've a sneaky idea that they are
bedded in something real permanent like
epoxy or 5200.
posted 02-02-2002 07:43 PM ET (US)
Try using a cold chisel and putting edges on the reversing slope to hold a slotted screwdriver.
Sometimes the stainless is too hard and/or the chisels aren't hard enough and you may have to re-sharpen then.
If the stainless bolts are harder than the chisels, well, I'm not sure what to do. Can you grab them with needle-nose vice-grips?
Why am I doing this on a Saturday night? I thought this is time to relax. I'm going to the Moose.
Oh. How about a Dremmel?
posted 02-03-2002 02:06 AM ET (US)
Use a Dremmel with a small cutting disc to do what Arch discribes. You could use a small stone wheel- less precise, but it may create the heat you need to loosen the screws - if they're 'Loc-Tited'.
posted 02-05-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)
Home improvement book I have at the house lists those as security screws and actually says there is a removal tool for them. Having never seen this tool, the Dremel used to make a slot sounds like my approach.
posted 02-05-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)
Sears has these three drills for removing almost anything from screws with no heads left to what you described. Three for about $20
posted 02-14-2002 08:11 AM ET (US)
I believe that Skeg guard is supposed to be filled with epoxy prior to installation. Removing the screws on an epoxied skeg guard might leave you worse off than before, if you can not get the guard off due to the epoxy. I would expect you could see the epoxy at the top of the guard if it was used.
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