OldNuc wrote:The reason you found the first screw much more difficult to remove than the 2nd one is the column and base are not perfectly flat and the first screw is run in and torqued and then the 2nd is run in and first has to pull the column and base into complete contact as it is torqued so which ever bolt is selected for removal first is under a higher tension than the 2nd one will be.
It was odd that once I broke the initial tension it turned out okay. Then it became harder midway. Would I have done better to loosen the other bolt when the first started to become difficult, maybe turning the first one back in until it turned easily?
Also, is it possible that my hammering the hex key helped break some of the aluminum threading that had started to oxidize and had too tight a grip on the bolt?