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    08-11-2013, 03:55 PM
Chicago Screw Help

Hi, I bought a new leather headstall yesterday and it has chicago screws where the bit is attached. I need to loosen them to put the bit on, but they won't budge. The smooth side just spins. Any ideas on how to loosen them? I have tried pressing on the smooth side with rubber gloved hands, and it didn't work. Also, is there any way to convert them to ties so they will be easier and look nice? I don't really want to take it back because it matches my saddle.
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    08-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Hold the smooth side with pliers. Don't much matter if you bugger em up if you don't plan to reuse em.
I've changed to tie, I just punch a hole next to the existing hole and tie with a leather strip.
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    08-11-2013, 08:47 PM
Thanks, I got the screws off! Where do you get the ties? Also, how far apart should the holes be?
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    08-11-2013, 10:53 PM
This one was designed with tie ends. I think you can see the holes are pretty close together:

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    08-11-2013, 10:57 PM
Welcome to the forum
    08-11-2013, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
Yes, welcome.

And I use a drill with a wood bit to put holes in most, no, all, leather tack. Do it on a board so you don't damage the end of the bit (if you haven't already discovered that).
    08-11-2013, 11:24 PM
You don't really need to put another hole in there. How I converted some of mine is to take the water tie (the thin strip of leather), double it over, put both the loose ends through the top of the bridle holes (the ends will come out on the side toward the horse), bring the ends around and push them downward through the remaining loop, then just pull everything tight. That will hold just about anything and it's easy to get undone.

I'll try to get a picture of my bridle that I've got like that tomorrow.
    08-12-2013, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
I hate Chicago screws. They always come loose at the most inopportune time. I changed all of mine out with ties.
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    08-12-2013, 09:42 AM
Green Broke
Blue Loc tight is your friend.
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    08-12-2013, 10:51 AM
I put a drop of nail polish in mine to keep them from coming out. Not strong enough where I can't break the seal if I need to but holds them together well. Haven't lost one yet.

knock on wood before I find myself 8 miles into the woods with half a bridle.

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