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Re: Unsrewing Old Brass Screws

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-2pool241-167.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 3/16/5 22:24

In Response To: Unsrewing Old Brass Screws (Bill)

Are the screws a standard slot, have you tried anything yet? Most old screws need only a tight fitting screw driver to do the job. If they don't loosen easily use a soldering iron to hear up the screw, as it expands and cools down the snug fit will be less so. When I find a screw that resists normal attempts at removal I get a brace and put a proper fitting driver bit in it. With the ability to force the driver bit into the screw head and the extra tourk of the brace, they almost always move, and the heat trick can be helpful here too. If in the end you have chewed up one ot two, just replace them with a good one, as long as they fairly match and are darkened some, no one will get too concerned. Unless of course it's a priceless hierloom, and then you may want to go to a professional any way.

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