Monday, February 13, 2012

Sticky Stuff That Unsticks Other Stuff

Over at Dock 6 Brian has an old boat which he is dismantling for its parts: DonorBoat.  But that task has its problems...  He's found a product you probably need in your toolbox:
   DonorBoat destruction has meant unbolting and unscrewing hundreds of, er, bolts and screws.  And nuts.  And washers. All bedded just as they left the factory.

   Stainless screws and bolts installed through aluminum cleats and tracks, all bedded with caulking that was still tenaciously goopy all these years later.

   All of it was removed without a single stripped fastener.
  Not one.

   I'd love to be able to take credit for this fortuitous feat of fixture and fastener finesse, but it weren't skill.  It was Screw Grab.

Screw Grab® - Woodworking

   I am not a chemist or an engineer, and I have no idea what the actual secret ingredient or process is, but, in simple terms, Screw Grab Friction Drops is a grip enhancer.  Got a recalcitrant screw?  Squeeze a drop or two onto the screw head, insert the tip of the screwdriver and turn.  It is that simple.  And it really works.

   A little goes a long way.  I bought a bottle of Screw Grab from Lee Valley Tools  almost a decade ago, and  have more than half the bottle still remaining.  It might be the best $6 you invest in your toolbox.

   There was one casualty of the Fabulous Fastener Follies- one Phillips screwdriver.

Busted the tip unscrewing backstay chainplates.

Like I said, this stuff GRIPS.



  1. I just ordered my bottle. Brian should get a commission. -Steve

    1. Steve -

      The problem with running this blog is that it serves as a constant source of things I need to buy...



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