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Stripped threads on the rack
Old 13th September 2005
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Stripped threads on the rack

Other than conventional nuts and bolts, can any of you slutz recommend something for stripped threads on metal racks?
Old 13th September 2005
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Depending on how the rails are mounted you could do one of the following: drill out and retap, or buy new rails and replace the old.
Old 13th September 2005
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They're metal relay racks.
Old 13th September 2005
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There's a tool called a Nutsert which can probably be ordered at larger hardware stores (though it's probably not a stock item). You simply drill the hole bigger and 'insert' an aluminum nutsert which goes in like a pop-rivet. You can match the same thread size/count (I think they're 10/32) so you don't need to use a 'special' bolt for the one hole.

Another option is to drill the hole bigger and simply slide in a plenum nut. They're those little 'z' shaped pieces of tin that friction fit onto the rail and have a nut welded to the back side. They can be a pain as they tend to loosen up and slide on the rail if you are installing/uninstalling stuff in your rack on a regular basis.
Old 12th October 2005
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also consider the SKB clip on nut solution, cheap and easy, drill the rack out and slide one of these on...
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