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Removing a Bent Screw
By Eliyahu Shahar

Hi all,  The discussions of whether it is moral, ethical or responsible
to gut a Mason and Hamlin grand are interesting, perhaps even inciting.
In practise, however, regardless of what my opinion is or that of
anyone else, even historically responsible people will continue to
modify their possessions to their own taste.  That being said :-

The last time that I moved my Ampico grand, the movers couldn't get
one of the screws out of the legs, hence it was impossible to take it
in and out of the stairs and it went out the balcony with a crane and
in the new flat the same way.  I'm contemplating a move again and I
want to avoid this situation so I'm asking the experts:

One of the screws for the legs was apparently bent inside the case.
It's a large screw (obviously), but they didn't know how to remove it
as it wouldn't come out by gravity and the hole is too small to really
get inside to grab it.  My thoughts on how to handle it run two ways
and I want advice.

1.  I could enlarge the diameter of the sink hole and then hopefully
grab it with long pliers (which would be invisible to the world as it
is on the underside of the legs).

2.  I could drill out the screw-head and when the leg is off, remove
the rest.

Any other ideas are appreciated as well.

Eliyahu Shahar

(Message sent Mon 12 Nov 2001, 07:05:03 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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