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Old Sun 02 August 2009, 15:56
Just call me: Jeff #31
Montesano, WA
United States of America
simple, albeit stupid question.

I have a part which is tapped M6. The bolts I have are 1/4-20

M6 is .236" dia

Is it possible/advisable to retap the 6mm holes to suit my bolts?

I would prefer not ordering new bolts, but I especially don't want to mess up my part. If I had an M6 tap, I could just do some experimentation on some scrap. Sadly, I don't.

My gut feel is to order new bolts, but I want to check with the brain trust first.
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Old Sun 02 August 2009, 16:06
Just call me: Jack
Nashville (Tennessee)
United States of America
Personally, I would go with your gut and order new bolts. I don't think there is enough 'meat' left to re-tap and get full depth threads. But someone with more knowledge than I must answer that question for sure.
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Old Sun 02 August 2009, 16:49
J.R. Hatcher
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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The drill size is almost exact (.1mm off), it's the pitch, that's not close enough, 20 tpi compared to 1.0 = 25.4 tpi
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Old Sun 02 August 2009, 23:50
Gerald D
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Cape Town
South Africa
You could get away with re-tapping, if the holes are deep and a lot of threads will be engaged, and the material is steel and not alu., but it is still not a nice thing to do.
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