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  1. #1
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    Stripped Futures Screws

    So, my buddy gave me a board he no longer uses. Very cool. It needs some repairs and I am well underway with the glass work. The board has Futures fins and two of the three screws are stripped at the hex. I tried using the EZ-Out that came with my FCS tool, but no dice. Has anybody ever tried drilling the screws out to give the EZ-Out more bite? Does this work or is it a sad story waiting to happen?

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    can you tap an allen key that is one size larger in there?

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    Dip the key in some type of hardener (resin with hardener (ding all kit), rubber cement, etc..), place the key in the screw. Let it sit a while so it hardens. You will loose the screw and key, but those are easily replacable.

    I've never had to do this, but it makes sense to me... Letme know what you end up doing. Seems like a problem a few people may have in their surfing careers.

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    drill it out, fill hole with some kind of epoxy. Spray screw with wd-40. Place screw into epoxied filled hole.
    When hardened just unscrew to release the screw from the new mold. I used Marine Tex for some holes I had to make and tap for my boat. But I imagine any epoxy material should work.

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    how i hate grub screws... do what scob said

  6. #6
    dab of super glue in the hex and put your fin key in and hold until dry then just unscrew it.

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    I agree with the super glue. Drilling it out will probally do more damage as the set screws are typically made out of stainless steel.

    I know others will disagree but this is why I prefer glassed on fins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoast View Post
    dab of super glue in the hex and put your fin key in and hold until dry then just unscrew it.
    sorry i misread the original post...i agree with above. My directions are for someone who stripped the female end (hole) of the screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wet suit = no tourists View Post

    this is why I prefer glassed on fins.
    I've actually always wanted a board with glass-ons, could never justify it though. However, if i were to pick a reason for wanting them, it would not be something as insignificant as the fully-replaceable set screw.

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    put a drop of super glue in it, then put one of the cheap allen wrenches they give you and insert that while the glue is wet, when the glue drys unscrew