Help with a hex bolt!!!

cmcmill01 May 14, 2017

  1. cmcmill01

    cmcmill01 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Folks need help, I have removed the corners/edges on this bolt and I can't get any grip.
    Any advice on how to remove it??
    Thanks
    Craig

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  2. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    I used a 1mm blade grinder to cut a impact screwdriver slot in it , or you could tack weld a nut to it .
     
  3. Paddler Ed

    Paddler Ed Well-Known Member I am in australia

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    1) Hit it with a BFH to see if that frees the threads up at all, if not then, option 2 or 3.
    2) Hit a 12 point socket over the top of it, and hope that it bites it.
    3) Knock a Torx bit into it and hope it bites into the remnants enough

    Hit
     
  4. cmcmill01

    cmcmill01 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Thanks guys, not sure I have 1mm grinder blade but might order 1.
    Might give it a go with the hammer
     
  5. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    Actually because its not sitting flush stilsons should remove it no bother at all .

    Screwfix sell stainless hex bolts about that size ?
     
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  6. TonyP

    TonyP Super Moderator Supporter I am in uk

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    Can you grip it with some vice grips?
     
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  7. stumog

    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Get a tropical bit that is slightly bigger and hit into the hex bolt. cuts it's own way in.

    Good luck
     
  8. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Errrm, hacksaw anyone?
     
  9. nick_the_fish

    nick_the_fish Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    A weird one, put a thick elastic band in there, then the correct size hex then put loads of pressure in towards the bolt when you turn it (really lean into it), the rubber causes greater friction that can grab the bolt.

    Works amazingly with a threaded screw, and has been known to work with a rounded hex bolt.

    Good luck
     
  10. cmcmill01

    cmcmill01 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Thanks folks, got it out, few hits with a hammer then got the vice grips onto it, lots of ideas I will use in the future, now to finish the install of the Front runner table under the Patriot roof rack.
     
  11. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Some good answers here. From agricultural to scientific. I would have said to knock a torch or spline bit into the hole and use that. Love the rubber band one. I'll try and remember that for when I next get a rounded off hole.

    One other I have used is electricians wire cutters with one jaw in the hole and the other on the outside. Even across the whole bolt head if it's a small one.

    Glad you got it out. They can sometimes be a right PITA.
     
  12. Towpack

    Towpack Well-Known Member I am in england

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    There's a multitude of ways of extracting a rounded bolt, the killer being access, or lack of it. When they're as accessible as that it's a whole lot easier!
     
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  13. cmcmill01

    cmcmill01 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Finished the Frontrunner table install under the Patriot rack, got another bolt stuck, really not the sharpest tool in the box!!!
    Anyway finally got it sorted!!
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