Poconoeagle wrote:ahh good news there. if it broke while trying to remove it , usually it is quite stuck then and is a more difficult process.
since it sheared off due to metalurgical failure the left drilling should make it easy. do indeed check that there isnt a nut on the inside of the deck that can be loosened first... usually tho, they are spot welded to the deck...
Sooo, it's all fixed. It turns out that the reason it was such a clean break is that the bolt or screw merely came loose and the wheel fell off. There is no nut, just a threaded hole the bolt goes in. You'd have thought DK, designer of ocean going vessels, would have have spotted something like that. I'll give him a break because it was dusk and the hole was in shadows. This morning I went to our local independently owned hardware store and gotten the left handed drill bit and screw retractor. I was getting ready to soak it in WD-4 so I could take care of it after work but I couldn't find the broken bolt on the deck frame
My neighbor, a retired gentleman, saw me messing with it and came over. He discovered the problem instantly. Two twists of his socket wrench and it's good to go. He, too, suggested a nut and bolt if I couldn't get the "broken" one out. I couldn't believe it was such an easy fix. It's great to have good neighbors and great friends like all of you on the forum. Thanks for all your input. I'm sure you saved me a bundle at the repair shop. Thanks again, Take care, Lisa