Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Chasing and taping are to different things. Taping is creating new threads in a bare hole, chasing is just cleaning out the hole of crap(old loctite, mashed threads, broke threads etc.) you are chasing yours to fix the damage you did. Sounds like yes you just fixed the bad threads ... if the screw threads in nicely now then you did a good job. Be very careful with taps as they are very brittle and can break very easy, then they are almost impossible to get out. It is best to thread a screw into a good shaft first to see how deep the threads are and then mark the tap so you no not to go to far, then gently go 1/2 to 3/4 turn in then 1/4 back out over and over untill the threads are all better. Turning the tap back cleans the crap out of the taps cutters and helps prevent the tap from getting stuck or broken. Don't use cutting fluids or lubes for chasing threads as they tend to build up the crap and cause problems (stuck taps), fluids/lube are for cutting new threads.
Hope this wasn't overkill
Last edited by 853MACHINE; Jan 22nd, 2007 at 5:43 pm.