[Beowulf] Drive screw fixed with LocTite

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Jul 23 20:12:02 PDT 2008

Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> "David Mathog" <mathog at caltech.edu> writes:
>> A vendor who shall remain nameless graced us with a hot swappable drive
>> caddy in which one of the three mounting screws used to fasten the drive
>> to the caddy had been treated with blue LocTite.  This wasn't obvious
>> from external inspection, but the telltale blue glop was on the threads
>> when the screw finally let go and came out.  It was beginning to look
>> like power tools were going to be needed to get it out, and the screw
>> head was pretty badly torn up after removal.
> I believe a touch from a soldering iron will usually loosen LocTite,
> but that might also damage a drive, so be careful.

Acetone or mineral spirits will also take care of locktite. Based on 
some rather harsh experience showed that the piddly little heat 
generated by a soldering iron won't really cause much damage.

>> This is the first time I have encountered a drive screw on a removable
>> drive which was, well, unremovable.  Is this a trend or are we just
>> dealing with a sadistic assembler?
> I've never seen it used with a drive, it is certainly not normal.
> Perry
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