If you read SkyGolf Part 3 you know of one way to “fix” the stripped out screw problem. Well, not really a fix, more of a hack. But it works! The biggest problem with that hack is I’m always looking for my clamp in the garage and realize it’s on my Sky Caddie.
Got a comment from my new best friend John <grin> about another method that I had also thought of but was too lazy to actually do it. Besides, the clamp thing was a lot funnier and poked at SkyGolf a lot more. But John had described it in a little more detail than I probably would have originally. My background is in construction and my power tools would have probably made a mess out of the whole thing.
Since John did such a great job with the instructions I decided to try it myself and document the procedures with actual pictures. That way you don’t have to violate man-laws by reading any instructions, you can just look at the pictures. However, I recommend reading the instructions as there are some subtle tricks that if not followed, will render your Sky Caddie more useless that it is now.
Remove the screw by pulling on it and turning it counter-clockwise. This step should take less than 1 beer. (I tend to measure things in beers sometimes, especially when working in my garage).
You are now going to use a drill bit in your hand, NOT IN YOUR DRILL, to carefully enlarge the hole in the back of the connector. The plastic is very soft and you need to be careful because there are wires embedded in the housing. John must have a bitchin’ set of bits ’cause he used a 17/64″ where all I could find was a 5/16″ bit. Anything slightly larger than the screw base.
You don’t need to go very deep. We’re just trying to catch a few more threads on the screw. We went about as deep as the thick base part of the screw.
This has worked twice for John. I was also successful in not totally mucking it up. Time for another beer to celebrate my handiwork!
John, thanks for taking the time to comment on my previous post. I appreciate it. Here, have a beer …