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Bob Schmidt shows you a simple way to tighten and keep tight those loose bolts that happen in many household accessories, ...
ie door handle, deadbolt, bath accessories, garage door rails, swing sets etc.
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Honey, what’s that laying on the carpet? And more importantly, where did it come from?
Hi. I’m Bob Schmidt with Home Remodel Workshop. I’m sure this happens to you around your house because it happens to me around mine. And I’m sure that you either have a dump drawer or you have a mystery bag where you throw things like that when you don’t have a clue where they came from. There is product available that’s mostly used in automotive that comes in really handy to use around your house. I’ll let you know what it is. Let’s get to work.
And the product that I am talking about is called Threadlocker. This I the blue formula. You can see that it comes in this pretty red package but it says blue right on it. What this is engineered to do is to lock down threads into other metal threads to keep them from backing out from vibration or temperature change. Now, be very careful when you go pick up this Threadlocker. I kind of snuck another package in here. And even though it comes in the same red container, it says red on this package and it says permanent. You don’t want anything for a typical household repair that’s permanent. The only way that you would get this off would be to sheer the bolt or to heat it up to 500 degrees and even then you may not be able to get off, not very likely that you’re going to need to do that for a typical household repair.
Now as you see on this blue package, it clearly states removable which means it can be taken off with a typical hand tool. A perfect example of where to use this threadlocker is on door handles. These door handles and deadbolts, they’re subject to vibration, they’re subject to temperature change all of which conspire against allowing these bolts that come loose. You know, the mechanical movement of the handle, it vibrates those bolts and gets some to come loose. Now, take this to an area where you can apply this threadlock so that it doesn’t drip on the carpet. Now, I have a drop cloth down below me here. But basically, what you do is you squeeze out a little bit of that blue formula and make sure that you have the right formula and go ahead and spread a little bit of that on the screws. You don’t have to go crazy with it because as you put this in, it will actually spread itself throughout the receiving end.
Now, I’ve let this sit on this screw for about five minutes. 90% cures about 20 minutes and it takes 24 hours to totally cure. But I always let it dry off a little bit. I blow on it before I go to put it in the hole so as to keep from making too much of a mess. Now, I keep a napkin handy to wipe off that should possibly come out on the finished product right away to make sure it stays clean.
Nothing new about putting it back in the hole, just put it right back in and get it started in there. Once you get started in the hole, go ahead and tighten it down no different than you would tighten it down for the first time. Don’t over tighten it. Check to make sure that the door operates properly so you don’t lock this in over tightening it. And then, wipe off any excess that you may have on the finished product.
Now, I realized that this is a way oversized bolt and nut for your typical home repair. But this is a perfect example to show you. On a typical nut or bolt, when they go together, we think that they go together super tight, but really they don’t. I’m not sure if you’re going to be able to see this, but if you can see, there is just a little bit of slop in those threads. They can’t manufacture these so that they fit together within a millimeter, unless maybe if it’s going on a space shuttle or something. But typically, there are some slop in these threads when they go together. And what that lock tight does is it gets in those threads, and when it cures, there is no slop, there is no movement which is what fights that vibration and temperature change that you may have that makes things come apart.
Now to my knowledge, any threadlocker is not to be used in conjunction with any plastic bolt or plastic nut or even a nylon insert inside of a nut or in the wood. It’s only made on metal to metal.
Now although doorknobs and deadbolts are the most common place to come loose because of their use, this stuff also works great on set screws and older type hardware that goes inside the houses. If you have an older type lockset, those set screws are constantly coming loose, it’s a great place to use it there. Also on bath accessories with the toilet paper holder. People are constantly pulling and pulling a towel on and off that towel bar. Those shut screws and sometimes that bolts and everything inside the mechanism itself comes loose, another great place to use it. If you have something in your house where you tighten it and end up going back two weeks again and tightening it and two weeks again and tightening it, I would strongly advise getting some of these lock tight thread bearer or just thread bearer in general, it depends on what type. Just be careful on the type you get. You don’t want anything that says permanent or anything that requires heat to remove and you’ll be great.
I’m Bob Schmidt with Home Remodel Workshop. I hope you appreciated this video. And if not, check out our home channel. We have many other videos there.