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Joe
5th September 2007, 08:42 AM
Hi Roger - hope you are feeling better.

Quick question - can I punch out the barrel nut in a deep tuttle fin and insert another one?

I've stripped the front barrel nut on my 70cm drake.

I have a barrel nut from the original 64cm fin that I don't like to use.

Thanks for you help.

Regards,
Joe

o2bnme
6th September 2007, 01:11 AM
I'm not Roger, but I can answer. You can replace the barrel nuts in your fins. I've done a lot of this in an constant battle to get all fins to use the same type of bolts. Take a flat screw driver and hammer to pound out the old bolt. Some are looser than others.

Ellen Faller
6th September 2007, 04:57 AM
I'm not Roger either, but o2bnme is totally right. I've done it many times myself. Some people like to change them all for US, and others want all metric. And then there are the folks who try to screw a US bolt into a metric nut and mess things up.

Joe
6th September 2007, 05:06 AM
Thank you! I will attempt tonight...

Roger
6th September 2007, 08:15 AM
Hi Joe,
What Bill and Ellen suggest will work nicely.
Only thing I would sugest isthat you get a "pin drive punch" just slightly smaller than the outside diameter of the brass barrel nut.
With the pin drive punch, the punch will stay nearly centered in the hole and do a much nicer job of "driving" the old nut out and the new nut in.
Just be sure when you install the new barrel nut that you get it started nice and straight. If you get it started in the hole at an angle or cockeyed, it will damage the hole.
A good trick to use here is the apply some soap in the hole and a little soap on the outside of the barrel nut as a "lubricant" to allow the brass barrel nut to slide in more easily.
Be sure to align the threads to the top of the fin and the fin screw hole in the board's deck before you drive the barrel nut in.
Best way to do this is to mark the screwdriver slot before you drive the old nut out.
Hope this helps,

Joe
7th September 2007, 07:48 AM
Done - perfect fit - thanks!