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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

How about using a ratchet wrench with a straight top . It will prrpitbyou to Get more leverage. If the straight edge slips use a dreamer to deepen the slot on the screw head.


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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

Progress... I got one out but you all have given me a lot of really great ideas. Hopefully I will get this figured out without having to destroy the handrail.
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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

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Jay... do you mean something like this?

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YES! Exactly. Then you have to find the bits to fit it but it will give power and torque.

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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

I like the brace idea. But if worst comes to worst, you might try treating them like broken bolts & drilling with a left-hand bit, then using a screw extractor. A lot of times just the left-handed drill bit is enough to loosen the stuck bolt.

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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

Success!

I'm not a tools expert, but I'm happy to get my hands dirty and learn something in the process.

It turns out that I have a Dewalt impact driver that I picked up in a sale last year, just never used it for something like this.

It worked like a charm! I'm stunned at how easily the screws came out after sweating and straining to do this by hand.

Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone!

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p.s. Split part of the rail during removal, but I'm glueing it back.
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I recently removed the cabin handrails from my PSC 34 # 254 as a preparatory step to installing staysail tracks and related hardware.

I removed the handrail plugs with a 1/2” Forster bit attached to portable drill. After I drilled through the plug, I picked out the last bit of of the wood plug that covered the head of the screws with a 3/8” chisel, although an awl would have worked just as well. The exposed screws were long, slotted stainless steel screws, which were recessed two inches or so into the rail. I loosened and removed each of the screws without difficulty with a large screwdriver

I dropped the handrail easily with just a bit of sticking to the vinyl headliner.

I feel very fortunate to complete the task without any mishaps.
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Back again. The bit was a 1/2 inch Forster bit. I don’t know how that strange symbol was displayed.
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Re: PSC34: Removing grab rails in cabin?

When you reinstall them is when you pray to the sailing Gods someone else will do it for you!

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