loose sideplate screws -- what's the right way


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lee n. field
May 17, 2003, 10:30 PM
A year or three back I decided I wanted to see the insides of my Taurus Model 66. I removed the sideplate screws (keeping careful track of which ones went where), removed the sideplate, and satisfied my monkey curiosity.

I put everything back together successfully. Everything works. The problem is that the sideplate screws keep loosening now.

What I've done is to take a square of plumber's teflon tape, set it over a given screwhole, and screw the screw in over that. That seems to work ok to hold the screws in place.

My question is, what's the _right_ way to do this?

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mete
May 18, 2003, 07:56 AM
Use one of the Loctite products , the one that is made to be removed.

Standing Wolf
May 18, 2003, 09:27 PM
I wouldn't have thought to use that Teflon tabe in a hundred years. I'd probably still use a removable Lock Tite, but that's an idea worth bearing in mind.

lee n. field
May 18, 2003, 10:21 PM
Like I said, it works. You can pull away the excess, but it still doesn't look the greatest.

4 eyed six shooter
May 19, 2003, 12:36 AM
Use the blue Lock tite and be sure to de- grease the threads before putting the lock tite on. A little goes a long way, so don't over do the amount you put on. This should fix your problem.
Good shooting, John K

Sunray
May 19, 2003, 03:42 AM
Yep, Locktite is the normal way. However, if it works, don't fix it. That'd be Rule Number One. If you don't like the tape, take out the screw and put the tape in the screw instead of the hole. Or get the Locktite. However, remember Rule Number One.

winwun
May 19, 2003, 07:23 AM
How about cutting the tape into narrow strips ?

GitSome45
May 21, 2003, 08:43 PM
Blue Locktite(medium hold/can be used when and if screws need to ever be removed again)

Red Locktite(maximum hold/PERMANENT FUSING)( I think that it even has a heat rating...)

Use "BLUE LOCKTITE" ...

NEVER USE "RED LOCKTITE" (I know from personal experience)

JMHO,

Howard

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