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I replaced the upper element in my electric oven, but now the screws holding the bracket won't stay because the

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:21 AM
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I replaced the upper element in my electric oven, but now the screws holding the bracket won't stay because the holes have rusted and crumbled. I tried larger screws, but when I tightened them, they broke more rust loose. Does there exist something like an anchor clip that would hold the screws in and would work in an oven? Or would it be better to make new holes? The bracket could be moved as much as a couple inches and still work fine. If I go with new holes, should I fill the existing holes? How?
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I would move the brackets and make new holes.
Be careful that the screws cannot contact any wiring etc. that may be above the oven cavity.

It would be a good idea to cover the old holes as they will let heat escape above the oven and may cause a problem. Worst case scenario would be a fire hazard.

A piece of sheet metal should do the trick.
If you do not move the bracket too far perhaps the new screw could hold both the bracket and your sheet metal hole cover.
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Thanks. I think I can do this.
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