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#49705 03/13/05 01:33 PM
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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 01:41 PM
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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.

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#49707 03/13/05 01:42 PM
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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 02:41 PM
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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 05:33 PM
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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.
Ron

#49710 03/13/05 06:09 PM
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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 08:35 PM
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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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