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Old 17th January 2007, 11:37 AM   #4
Roger
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Default RE: broken footstrap screws

Hi Guest,
How did the foot strap screws break off?
Are they broken off flush with the deck of the board, or is the entire
broken screw down below the surface of the plastic insert?
What tool did you (or the shop where you bought the board) use to install the footstrap screws?
The Tiki Tool Screwdriver....?
A very high quality #3 Phillips Screwdriver.....?
A #3 Phillips bit in some sort of power screwdriver....?
Did you apply soap to the threads of the screw before installing them?
Did you use ALL the washers and the K9 anti-twist when the footstraps were installed?
Trying to determine if you simply broke the screws off (with torque), or perhaps didn't get the K9 lock plates under the footstrap and the oval toothed washer on top of the footstrap webbing.
If you didn't install the K9's or the oval washers, you may have driven the screws too deep and punched out the bottom of the inserts.
If so, best to take your board to a professional and have a couple of new inserts installed. This would eliminate the need to "dig out" the broken screws.
If there is any of the screw still sticking up beyond the top of the insert, a pair of vice grip type pliers is the best tool I know of to remove them.
Get as tight a grip as you can on the exposed portion of the of the broken screw and carefully unscrew the broken screw from the insert.
Since you have a SS screw stuck in a piece of plastic, I doubt you will have any success trying to "drill out" the broken screw, and with the PT threadform, you probably could not get all of the broken screw out.
Are you sure the screws that you used were the stock screws that came with your EVO.
There are alot of #6 x 27 mm screws used in footstraps, but there are also very similar screws that are 25 mm long that are used for the side fins on Go boards and the leash attachment on Starts and Rios.
Hope this helps,
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