Frozen Setscrews

Edward Swynar VE3CUI gswynar at DURHAM.NET
Fri Mar 24 05:20:14 EST 2000

Hi Ron...

I've had to SAW OFF knobs like this from different pieces of Heath gear in
the past, in a last desperate effort to remove them...fortunately,
replacement knobs from that marque are fairly easy to come by (not sure
about Hallicrafters, however!)...

In any event, good luck!

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

> From: Ron Evans <cosmos41 at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Subject: Frozen Setscrews
> Date: March 23, 2000 10:52 PM
> Five simple plastic knobs on a Hallicrafters SX-130.  Held to their
> shafts with a slotted setscrew (not allen head).
> Despite my best efforts, I can't budge a one of them.
> I've dropped lightweight lubricating oil in the holes, let it set for a
> half hour or so, repeated, and then tried to break the frozen little
> devils free.
> Clamped my channel locks onto my precision screwdriver and STILL
> couldn't break a single setscrew free.  Grrrrrrrrrrr!
> I don't know if there's a metal insert in the knobs or not...may just be
> the setscrew in the plastic threads of the knobs.  I've never had this
> problem before EVER!  'Bout at the end of my rope.
> Surely others have also faced this problem.  Any solutions that have
> worked well?
> Thanks in advance!
> Ron - K5MVR

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