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Frozen screw in traveler
Hi All, my Harken main sheet traveler was leaking, so I removed it to rebed it. That was easy enough, I just loosened all the nuts from below. At each end, there is a bolt that goes down from the traveler through the deck. All the other bolts are countersunk through bolts.
Today, I put it back, but I was not able to tighten the end bolts. Apparently their heads are below the blocks at each end. To remove the blocks, I need to loosen a very large bolt, that is very tight. Its screwed through a plastic fitting.
I was unable to loosen it without damaging its head, and I didn't want to use any WD40 because I think it eats plastic. Is there a lubricant that can loosen the bolt without hurting the plastic?
Thanks very much...