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Postby Rufusz » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:51 pm

When tightening my footstrap bolt the M6 insert became loose. Its no way to remove the bolt from the insert as it just rotates around in both direction. Do you know any trick to remove the bolt apart from drilling though it?

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Postby zfennell » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:39 pm

if the insert spins both directions, what is keeping it in the board?

if it is only held by a bit of the top skin of the board, it will need to be replaced/repaired.

IMO, you could...

-cut off the head of the offending screw with something like a dremmel tool and cutoff wheel.
(ideally a few threads will still be intact)

-that will let you remove your footstrap to see the insert .
if is coming out... a small grinding bit (dremmel tool again) can remove glass top skin w/o damaging rest of board.

-you should be able to put nut on remaining thread or slot end if that helps access.
most likely you will just pull out what's left like it was a bad tooth.

-pot a new insrt with thickened epoxy.

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Postby edt » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:56 pm

buy a screw extractor tool of the right size these are little bits that have counterclockwise threads in them. Drill a hole into your insert from the other size, make sure to line it up right, if you miss you'll have to drill another hole. Once you have a hole in the insert, screw in the screw extractor to grip the insert, then from the other side unscrew the bolt. The insert metal is very thin don't overdrill. then fill the hole in the bottom with epoxy and maybe the top so you don't accidentally use it again

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