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loose sideplate screws -- what's the right way

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by lee n. field, May 17, 2003.

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  1. lee n. field

    lee n. field Member

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    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?
     
  2. mete

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    Use one of the Loctite products , the one that is made to be removed.
     
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    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    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.
     
  4. lee n. field

    lee n. field Member

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    Like I said, it works. You can pull away the excess, but it still doesn't look the greatest.
     
  5. 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
     
  6. Sunray

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    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.
     
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    How about cutting the tape into narrow strips ?
     
  8. GitSome45

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    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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