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Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Fox20obsessed » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:39 pm

Ok guys I know most of us here have run into a floor plate screw or two over the years that was just about frozen...I know most of us have heard about using aero kroil or another penetrating lube and then putting a hollow ground bit in a drill press then putting the receiver in a padded vise and breaking the screw loose with a pipe wrench on the drill chuck...I wanted to show everyone something I came up with about 5 years ago. I have a cheapo craftsman “evolv” ratchet set that has saved my arse out on the road more times than I care to admit...well in that set is a screwdriver that has a 1/4” drive on the back end of the handle. Take a look at the pics here and you’ll see exactly how I use this setup to loosen a seized up floor plate screw with properly fitted hollow ground bit. This setup has never failed me even on the toughest and most frozen screws...I hope this will help someone in a bind someday. The screwdriver as opposed to a standard ratchet extension allows you to keep everything lined up perfectly and with a lot of down pressure and steady torque on the ratchet it will free up dang near any floor plate screw. Just wanted to pass this little gem on down the line.
-Matt

PS: always remember to thoroughly clean out any/all screw slots of crud prior to disassembly.
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Double O » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:00 am

Thanks Matt
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Jeff S » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:36 pm

I like it. :)
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Foxnut » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:04 pm

Thanks for the tip! We’ll all be going through our ratchet sets to put together a set up like that!
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:32 pm

Nice tip Matt!
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:40 pm

Was that found in the 42 piece kit in a zippered case?
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Re: Tip for stuck floor plate screws.

Postby Fox20obsessed » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:01 pm

Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments. Mike, not 100% sure how many pieces are in the set, but it came in a grey i jection molded plastic case with lime green latches. The set has a 3/8” ratchet, extension, and multi-bit screwdriver. There is also a 1/4” adapter for the smaller socket sizes. I bought the set at kmart circa 2011 when I was without a tool kit and had to do some auto repairs. IIRC it was somewhere around $24 which I thought was a decent deal at the time. I’ve used this kit soo much over the years and regret not buying a second to keep on standby. For those interested, I found a 1/4” screwdriver by Williams called a “spinner handle” Part number is M-106A and it is basically the same as my cheapo craftsman screwdriver shown here in the pics. Cost is just over ten...
Hope this helps, and thanks again for looking
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