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Broken Fuse

I just went to replace a fuse in an old fuse panel and the little devil broke off leaving just the cap inside that is a rust in place. I tried needle nose, drill bits(by hand) and I just can'tr break it loose!!!! Any suggestions that are easy????
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I'd have to agree that you're probably going to have the same problem with other fuses, and that replacing the panel might be less work, safer and cheaper in the long run. I prefer circuit breakers over fuses... but that's just me.
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You might try an easy-out of appropriate size. Spray it periodically over a couple of days with penetrating oil first.
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Needle nose vise grips, or locking forcips (you know the kind some people used as roach clips)
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Change over to ATC fuses... like autos use. You can get waterproof holders or even BlueSea panels for 6 and 12 fuses with a cover. Easy to pull. Cheap and they are color coded for capacity and easy to read, unlike ATG glass fuses. I am slowing changing over. You can also get maxi fuses of a similar style up to 100 amps I think.

Most of those ATG glass fuses have very unmarinelike holders, although some are better for the inline types. Exposed metal and connections will corrode. Avoid them.

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use cola to remove corosion works well the acid eats the gunk up
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