I have a 1940s Hamilton Beach malt mixer. There are 4 screws that run
through rubber feet, attaching the bottom plate to the base. I want to
remove the plate to clean the inside and replace the line cord, but can't get
the screws to budge. Age and corrosion seem to have frozen the screws in
What can I use to help loosen the screws? I'm afraid to force them too much
in case they would break of.
Wayne Boatwright *¿*
I'll second on the Kroil, used it for years great stuff.
When you are ready to remove the screws place the driver in the slot and
give it a few whacks with a hammer. It will seat the driver in the slot
and help break the screw loose. This situation looks like it won't allow
it but the application of heat from a torch will also help.
Spray them with WD-40 for a week. If they still won't budge with the use od
a screwdriver, try a pair of vise grips on the screwhead.
I don't think there is much chance of the screws making it through your
On the other hand, if the line cord is still safe, why mess with it at all?
A 65 year old blender is either:
1: A collectors item tht is worth more if you don't alter it from it's
2: A malt mixer you want to use on a regular basis and don't really care
about it's potential resale value.
Decide which one, and go from there. If it's 1; put it on ebay.
If it's 2, WD40, vise grips, and eventually drilling the screws out may be
your only choice.
On Sat 16 Apr 2005 12:26:05a, Paulie Points wrote in alt.home.repair:
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try the WD40. Actually, I bought the
mixer on eBay. The cord is safe, but I'd really like to get that bottom
plate off. I'd also like to replace the bumper feet with new rubber and
hew screws. I was just afraid of breaking one off. The entire mixer,
except for the plate and bottom screws is in mint condition. I just want
to finish the job. <g> We actually use it frequently for smoothies,
Wayne Boatwright *¿*
Good advice from Dave...one of the inexpensive hand impact drivers can
work wonders on stuff such...adds a torque at the same time as the
impact...an impact drill/driver can be useful, but got's to be careful
w/ such small items...easy to round out.
Don't use WD40. That is not a penetrating oil. The best I have found is
Aero Kroil. Usually comes in an orange and white can. Spray that on for
several days. If you can not find the Kroil use some other penetrating
I think Dave may have missed the "rubber feet" part, and I assume you'd
like to reuse them. A torch will spray flame around and burn the feet up
and probably scorch the paint on the unit. If you've got a small
soldering iron around, try pressing the heated tip firmly against the
screw head after you've let the Kroil soak in. Stop if you smell or see
the rubber feet starting to fry.
The application and removal of heat and the resultant expansion and
contraction of the screw metal will help break things loose.
You didn't say if the screw heads were slotted of Phillips. If they are
slotted, and you haven't already buggered them up, try filing or
grinding the tip of the slot screwdriver you are using to match the slot
width. Finish off by grinding or filing at right angles to the shaft.
The sideways scratches will dig into the sides of the screw slots and
help keep the screwdriver from camming out.
And as others have said, tapping on the screwdriver handle while it's in
the screw head can help too.
The screws usually go through the bottom then through the actual motor
and anchor in the top. If you can see the end of the screws from the
top put a real penetrating oil on from that side. If you can't see
the screw ends from the top I wouldn't expect you to have much luck
with the penetrating oil.
In either case try using a good penetrating oil like Kroil.
I agree with the others about applying so me penetrating oil. If a screw
driver won't work then cut off the feet and you should have good access to
the bolt heads for a vicegrip. I don't think heating the bolts is a good
idea since you may heat other parts of the mixer which shouldn't be heated
A. Tightening slightly, then loosening. Sometimes that will help.
B. Stick the thing in the freezer for a while, then try "A".
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On Sat 16 Apr 2005 06:51:06a, Steve B. wrote in alt.home.repair:
No, this is a malt mixer like the kind they used to use at soda fountains.
The motor is at the top of a long frame and mounted separately. The screws
mount directly into the base at the bottom. The frame is cast iron. I'm
gonna give the Kroil oil a try.
Wayne Boatwright *¿*
When I pay attention while reading it, nothing.
I deserved your responses for having The Fox News Channel on in the
background this morning while cruising around the newsgroup.
Mea Culpa, I'll just have to fall on my sword.
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