How To Unstrip A Bolt?
When a bolt becomes stripped, it can be a real challenge to undo it. Stripped bolts are either too tight to turn, or else the head is so worn down that a wrench can no longer grip it. But all is not lost, as there are a few different methods to try to unscrew a stripped bolt. This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to unstrip a bolt, so you can get back to whatever project you were working on.
Method 1: Try a Smaller Wrench
The first step is to try and use a smaller wrench than the one you were originally using. The smaller wrench will be able to fit more snugly into the bolt head, and may be able to provide just enough grip to unscrew the bolt. Start by using a wrench that is a size smaller than the one you originally used, and if that doesn’t work, try another one that is a size or two smaller than the first. You may also want to try a box wrench, as the box end of the wrench will provide more leverage than a standard open end wrench.
Method 2: Use a Screw Extractor
If a smaller wrench isn’t able to unscrew the bolt, then you may want to try using a screw extractor. A screw extractor is a device that is used to remove screws and bolts that have become stripped or broken. To use a screw extractor, you’ll need to drill a small hole into the center of the bolt head. Once you’ve drilled the hole, insert the extractor into the hole and turn it counterclockwise to unscrew the bolt. Be sure to use a lubricant, such as WD-40, to help the extractor turn more easily.
Method 3: Use a Bolt Extractor
If a screw extractor doesn’t work, then you may need to try using a bolt extractor. A bolt extractor is a specialized tool designed to grip the sides of a bolt or nut, allowing you to turn it counterclockwise and unscrew it. To use a bolt extractor, first you’ll need to select the correct size for the bolt you’re trying to remove. Once you have the correct size, place the extractor into the bolt head and turn it counterclockwise. It may take a few tries, but eventually the extractor should be able to grip the sides of the bolt and unscrew it.
Unstripping a bolt can be a difficult task, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, it can be done. Start by trying a smaller wrench, and if that doesn’t work, then try using a screw extractor or a bolt extractor. With any luck, one of these methods should work and you’ll be able to continue with your project.
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