Pulling pins

Problem: Removing a dowel pin broken below the surface in a blind hole can be a real chore (1). Is there an easy way to pull it out? Solution: Just 10 min can do the job. Use a hand grinder to put a small center in the broken pin (2).
By Staff September 1, 1998

Problem: Removing a dowel pin broken below the surface in a blind hole can be a real chore (1). Is there an easy way to pull it out?

Solution: Just 10 min can do the job. Use a hand grinder to put a small center in the broken pin (2). Drill through the center of the dowel until you break into the area behind the pin (3). Take some of your kid’s Silly Putty and push it in the hole with a slip fit pin (4). Hammer in more putty, and as you do the pocket fills and starts to slide the broken dowel out (5).

Contributor: Philip J. Soliday, Knox, IN