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Can't remove quick release plate pivot screw. Ideas?

Discussion in 'Mods and Upgrades' started by Ed Ferguson, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Ed Ferguson

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    I'm upgrading to a E3Dv6 hot end on my son's R1+.

    Printed a new quick release plate off Thingiverse, but I can't get the old plastic quick release plate off.

    The screw that allows the plate to pivot won't budge and I'm afraid I'll strip out the phillips head.

    Is it held on with Loctite?

    I'm thinking of touching my solder iron tip to the threaded end of the screw to get it to turn.

    Any ideas before I try that?
     
  2. mark tomlinson

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    It is just a bear to get loose. It is screwed into plastic if memory serves so it should be something you can get loose.
     
  3. Ed Ferguson

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    It's screwed into a metal hex nut that is sunk into a hex shaped pocket on the plastic assembly that holds the large gear. Feels like I'm about the strip the head. If/when I get it off I'm going to replace the screw with a hex cap screw if clearance allows.
     
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    It is a nylock nut if memory serves and yes, we had to jam a screwdriver in beside it to get it to let go.
     
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    (I loathe nylock nuts)
     
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    OK got it out. I applied about 45 seconds of heat to the threaded end of the screw using my Weller solder station. Not a nylon nut after all. It's a regular steel nut with about 4 threads covered in blue Loctite. Will reassemble with new screw & nut, and use a hex cap screw if clearance allows.
     
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    Ah, well mine were nylock. Not sure that the loctite is an improvement :)
    Good job!
     
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