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als2104

Snapped Bilge Plug

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als2104

Recently, while trying to open the bilge plug on my Response LX, the top of the "T" snapped off. It appears the plug was cross-threaded. Now, just the "I" portion is stuck. I tried a vise-grip with no luck. Any ideas or tricks on how I can get it out?

Thanks.

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Ronnie

My T-handle has a 9/16" nut at the base of the "I". I broke one off a couple of years ago and was able to use a deep socket on the 9/16 to remove the plug and replace with a new one.

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JPeterman

Just thinking out loud here but you might be able to drill a hole up from the bottom and jam a lag-bolt or something similar in there with a hex head. Use a large wrench to screw the bolt in and that force should back the plug out. Could probably even tap a machine screw into the right size hole if you have the equipment. Seems like a large enough vise-grip attached to the "I" portion with quite a lot of force would do the trick though. Can try something like PB Blaster but I'm not sure if it would do much in this situation.

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sccofer

My T-handle has a 9/16" nut at the base of the "I". I broke one off a couple of years ago and was able to use a deep socket on the 9/16 to remove the plug and replace with a new one.

second this...same thing happened to me and I used a deep socket to get it off....Didn't remember the size though, hat tip to Ronnie!

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als2104

Thanks for the replies guys.

Ronnie, I tried the long socket and couldn't get enough leverage on it. Maybe I'm just a whimp. I'll give it another shot.

JPeterman, Probably a good idea, but I can't fool myself into thinking that I'm handy enough to pull it off.

Thanks again for the ideas.

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tgcbi

i got mine out with a vice grip ... just give it balls!!!

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Murphy8166

Breaking drain plugs....what kind a performance enhancement supplements are you guys using???

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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als2104

Breaking drain plugs....what kind a performance enhancement supplements are you guys using???

:lol: :lol: :lol:

If I only the PED's would give me the muscle to get it out...

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Ronnie

I would recommend that you put some sort of PB Blaster or another similar product on it and let it soak. I would hate to see you twist the female part of the drain out of the fiberglass.

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als2104

I would recommend that you put some sort of PB Blaster or another similar product on it and let it soak. I would hate to see you twist the female part of the drain out of the fiberglass.

Good idea. Don't want to have to start another thread for "how to fix pulling drain plug thread out of the fiberglass"...

Thanks guys. The Crew rocks!!!

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Murphy8166

You could always drill it, tap it and then put a bolt in it to get it out.

You can get a single bit and single tap from lowes for like 8 bucks.

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Pistol Pete

I'd be concerned about getting something as powerful as PB blaster inside my fiberglas. Ie. all around the base of the female part is exposed (hole saw'd) fiberglas.

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als2104

I'd be concerned about getting something as powerful as PB blaster inside my fiberglas. Ie. all around the base of the female part is exposed (hole saw'd) fiberglas.

Do you think something like WD 40 would do the trick without harming the fiberglass?

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Pistol Pete

WD is pretty wimpy stuff especially if (like I think you said) the threads are crossed.

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skibreeze

You might just order a new T plug and the receptacle and replace them both at the same time. 4 screws to remove and it's off. Since it's cross threaded it will be more trouble to keep it in the long run.

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Pistol Pete

That's what I started thinking in bed this AM.

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