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Old 10-21-2020, 06:19 PM
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Do a search for removing a broken tap. There are tools made for the job that engage the flutes of the tap. You can find them on Ebay.
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:18 PM
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Just spitballing here... maybe destroy the broken tap by taping it through the drilled hole with a small punch and then follow up by enlarging to #10-32 screw size.
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:12 AM
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Strangely enough, this is the first tap I've ever broken -- thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try a small needle nose pliar first and, if that doesn't work, 40 mile round trip to get a tap extractor --- then if all else fails the punch and enlarge to a #10 option.
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Old 10-22-2020, 04:44 PM
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Did exactly the same. A well hit (lucky?) hit smashed the remaining bit (it was below the surface) and it popped out. Re-tapped to the original size.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:22 PM
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So far, I haven't been lucky. When I went to buy another 8-32 tap, I discovered that the correct pilot hole drill is a #29 and not a #30 called out in the plans. I re-drilled the remaining hole with the #29 and the tap cut the threads easily. However, I still haven't managed to get the broken tap out. I've tried a Dremel with a tapered grind stone to create a dimple for the drill bit to center on, 3 different drill bits while barely making a dent in the tap. It also won't punch out. So, I'm going to see if a dentist might have an old diamond tipped bit I can try.
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Old 10-24-2020, 10:10 PM
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This is a Hail Mary, but can you get the tip of a punch between the tap flutes and try to hit the punch to get the tap to rotate CCW and back out?
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:25 AM
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I always dread putting the safety wire back on the Gascolator. Such a tight space.
Service the Gascolator during your Condition inspection when you have removed the old gear leg. Easy peasy
Swap out the screws for like socket head screws, and make sure to add Nordlock #10 washers under the socket heads... and the need for safety wire will be resolved.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:34 PM
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I agree. One of the best suggestions I got from the blog was using socket head screws and Nordlock washers.
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:39 PM
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The aft most holes in the nose gear leg were not aligned with holes in the bottom
of the fuselage. I had to elongate the holes in order to get the screws in.
The alignment problem might be due to the heat treating process after the holes were punched or drilled.
The new gear leg kit comes with another cushion clamp for the coolant hose.
Use two cushion clamps instead of drilling a hole in the gear leg for one clamp.
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Old 02-12-2021, 03:53 PM
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boy, you are right on with that one, joe.
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