In the station's early days, back in 2000, a U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut used brute force and some Stone Age tools to make a key repair. A poorly placed bracket was getting in the way of an electronics bay, and astronauts had to basically smash it off.
Daniel Burbank and Boris Morukov were trying to replace batteries in the Russian-built Zarya propulsion module, which is the larger white module in the photo at left. But they couldn't reach a voltage controller because the bracket was in the way.
The bracket was held in place by screws and rivets, which secured four nut plates. "The nut plates inexplicably blocked access to screws that helped hold the bracket in place," as Spaceflightnow.com put it
. So the only way to move the bracket was to chisel the rivets out. In the inset, Morukov and astronaut Ed Lu are working on Zvezda's floor.