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repairing my cooker - how can I loosen the scews?

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Cadbury · 01/10/2008 10:40

And indeed reach them!

I have ordered a new spillage tray that goes under the electric rings of the hob bit. The tray is badly corroded and has rusted right through in places and the insurance I have on the thing doesn't cover rust so that's why I'm doing this myself (bare in mind that my dh is really not a diy kind of guy)

I have got a couple of fastenings off at the front and one of the 4 screws (*in pairs) that hinge the part with the rings on it to the current spillage tray. But I can't access the screw of the screw of the pair that is further back and the other pair of screws won't budge at all. I have used wire wool to clean them as much as possible and sprayed with wd40 to see if that helps ut they are very difficult to get to.. Now my fingers are cut to pieces witht the wire wool and I don't know what to do to get the screws loose.

Long shot, I know, but can anyone give me any ideas?

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Cadbury · 01/10/2008 10:48

noone any ideas?

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Cadbury · 01/10/2008 11:11


I want to cook soup on it tonight.

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Furball · 01/10/2008 11:13

is there a manual on the manufacturers website?

snice · 01/10/2008 11:14

Put some coke on them to dissolve the rust. Also sometimes you can make them move by tightening the screw slightly first before you try to uscrew.

SaintGeorge · 01/10/2008 11:15

Have you tried tightening them slightly first?

I know it sounds daft, but it often works.

A 1/2 turn to tighten then turn back the other way.

Cadbury · 01/10/2008 11:17

thankyou - will try all of the above.
Do you think that diet coke will work?
It's all I have in.

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Cadbury · 01/10/2008 20:32

can I bump this for any evening mnetters that are diy savy . . . .

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Cadbury · 03/10/2008 09:44

snice! you are a genius! the coke worked a treat - it 3as as if the screws had never been stuck. The spillage tray is changed over and now hopfully my oven won't leak out all its heat!

thanks to the others for their advice too.

kisses all round xxxxxx

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