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Old 05-11-2013, 04:35 PM
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I was trying to take the allen head screw off my Avet HX, and it got stripped, so after several attempts and using a reverse threaded screw remover, the hole is completely round. What advice can you offer, maybe a different sized screw remover? This is one tough screw. Here is a pic:
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IMO, this is about time for a DIYer to take the reel to a reel shop and let them repair what was done.

They have the tooling, the expertise, and the replacement screw. I know it sux to have somebody else repair what we've tried to fix...but we've all BTDT.

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And the pic:
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Sorry, I am having trouble with the attachments, one sec.
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I use Kroil as a penetrant to loosen the grip first...

I have used both metric as well as standard allens to force it in and get the first turn.

If unable to turn it, I drill them out regularly on the drill press. Just enough to cut the head off, and then the sideplate can be removed exposing the rest of the screw. Small set of vice grips and I can get it out. Then replace it with the proper screw.

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What would be the expected cost for this kind of repair at my local reel shop? Just a ballpark estimate?
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On larger allen head hex screws I've used a combination of metric allen wrenches and valve grinding compound (avail at auto part store)

sometimes a metric allen wrench will fit slightly tighter and the valve grinding compound has grit in it to improve the grip inside the hex

also slightly tap the allen wrench while slowly untorquing
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@ Willy,
that would have been the smart thing to do before I stripped as bad as the pic above.
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@ Willy,
that would have been the smart thing to do before I stripped as bad as the pic above.
Sorry, best I got..T-Rick's drilling out then would be the next chore
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I guess. Also, do most reel repair shops offer the screw drilling? I already ordered the new screws, getting the screw out without damaging the goods is the only chore left.
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Left hand drill bits work best if you have access, sometimes they will snag the head while drilling out and back out on their own
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As a fumble-fingered DIYer with a never-say-quit attitude...most times...my concern about continuing with this project would be using a hand-held drill and boogering up the reel casing while wallowing out the screw head.

I'd chicken out on doing something using high-speed rotating cutting steel around soft-cast aluminum.
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I would carefully take a small dremel cut off wheel and make as deep of a slot as I could then USe a flathead screwdriver to remove it.
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once the head is drilled out the screw is no longer in tension and the remaining shaft portion will be loose, or at least easily removed with pliers once the end plate is removed.

Id give this to a shop, you'll do more damage unless you mount the reel in a vice and use a drill press or mill.

Its a 2 min job with the right shop tools.
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@ Cimper
Do most reel shops offer that service, because I would definitely jump on that. BTW, I don't think the dremel would work because the screw does not seem to stick up far enough.
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What you have to do is wear the cut off wheel down to a diameter that would fit. Concrete makes this very easy.
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I would carefully take a small dremel cut off wheel and make as deep of a slot as I could then USe a flathead screwdriver to remove it.
I would do the same.
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I hate to be so modest, but I am the MASTER at removing stripped nuts/bolts/screws. No you're not, yes I am.

I'll assume you have no access to a welder. I would have welded a large washer onto the bolt head and then weld a nut onto the washer. The heat will help to loosen the bolt.

Another good option is to little to completely drill out the bolt head ... rmove the rest of the bolts, worry about extracting the stud later... it'll be a lot easier.

Here is the more butcherous way of doing it - this works good on larger bolts. Get a sharp chisel, give it a good wack and dig into the bolt. Keep beating on it in a counter clockwise direction till it starts coming out. The impact force will help to loosen it.
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I will give the dremel a try. Keep in mind that this sucker is in there tight, but not rusted, because it was well greased.
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Don't do the dremel. You will slip and F your reel up. I would try using the smallest drill bit you have and tap a hole and work your way up in size until you can get an easy out in there to back it out.
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