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Old 06-17-2011, 03:47 AM   #1
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I have had a number of trades and have noticed the amount of loctite people use. A lot of the metal parts in my trades have been bathed in loctite some to the point of seeping into bearings and causing failure in those bearings. I am pretty much done with trades I find doing it yourself from new is best. First thing to realize with loctite is it is meant to stop screws and bolts from coming loose. The job of loctite is to prevent screws etc from turning SO having said that this method I find most effective. I have been a Heavy Duty Mechanic for thirty five years so I've seen my share of nuts and bolts. When I use loctite I first make sure the male and female threads are grease , oil , and paint free. Next I use enough to fill four threads half way around the screw or bolt with no drips in sight. Depending on the situation I will put the loctite in the female part of what I'm bolting if I don't want loctite on the bolt side of the threads. This last method actually pushes the loctite in deeper depending on how much loctite you use. BUT be careful because in a blind hole the loctite will hydraulic and give you a false sense of how tight your bolt or screw is. Big thing is use only as much as you need too much loctite will give you other problems and can make things almost impossible to get apart when you need to do so.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:08 AM   #2
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Good post , ( rant ) , wow ,........ do I ever hear ya .

Maybe you should of put this in :Construction Ideas, Hints and Tips
( not that I,m saying it,s in the wrong forum , it,s just good info )

I should put up a post on how tight people put spark-plugs , unbelieveable .

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Re: Loctite and excess

Yep I hear ya. I bought a heli from somebody I knew a while ago. He used red threadlock on EVERYTHING. Between that and seeing the mess of helis a buddy of mine has bought second hand I've sworn off second hand mainframes too.
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Re: Loctite and excess

I agree 100% that too much loctite will seep into bearings an jam it operation

My method:
  1. Just put a little dab of loctite on the thread near the tip of the screw
  2. Use a toothpick or small screwdriver tip to spread the loctite to coat 360deg of the thread
  3. Use a kleenex or paper towel to sop up the excess so the loctite is inside the teeth of the tread and no more.
  4. Insert the screw and tighten to spec
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