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#49705 - 03/13/05 10:33 AM Hammer Fasteners
Ron Hoback Offline

Registered: 01/19/02
Posts: 13
Does anyone have a trick of the trade for removing a breaker panel that has been secured to the concrete wall with a hammer type nail in fastener, such as a Ramset Surelock. The basement waterproofing guys are going to patch a rod hole behind the service panel, so I have to remove the panel and then put it back up when they are done. I don't want to disfigure the panel.

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#49706 - 03/13/05 10:41 AM Re: Hammer Fasteners
Dave55 Offline

Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Normally I'd use a large bar, but considering you want to reuse it you may be able to drill the heads of the pins off (start with a very small bit). Hopefully the drill bit is harder than the pin-head. In the future you might consider fastening the panel by another method.


#49707 - 03/13/05 10:42 AM Re: Hammer Fasteners
CRM Offline

Registered: 02/29/04
Posts: 73
Loc: Alberta Canada
We usually use an angle grinder, to grind the head off the fastener, it works good, doesn"t damage the panel.

#49708 - 03/13/05 11:41 AM Re: Hammer Fasteners
livetoride Offline

Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 109
Loc: san diego ca usa
Drilling works for me, I have also ground them off. In real tight spots I have used a dremel tool to grind the head off. Rod

#49709 - 03/13/05 02:33 PM Re: Hammer Fasteners
Ron Hoback Offline

Registered: 01/19/02
Posts: 13
Thanks everyone, I appreciate your advice. Personally I have never used these hammer fasteners for mounting panels. I usually use plastic anchors with #10 x 1" hex head sheet metal screw. They secure the panel rigidly, and they enable you to remove the box or panel if you need to.

#49710 - 03/13/05 03:09 PM Re: Hammer Fasteners
NonLinearLoad Offline

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 56
Loc: McHenry, IL. USA
You can also reshoot over the existing head without a new fastner loaded in the gun.

It disorts the panel a little, yet can be beaten back into shape, then a little caulk to seal back up if necessary.

#49711 - 03/13/05 05:35 PM Re: Hammer Fasteners
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Loc: Blue Collar Country
Try tapping the head of the existing fastener with a drift pin....I don't know about concrete, but this often causes cement block to break free of the fastener, allowing it to be easily pulled free.


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