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- How to remove bolts and screws that are thread locked in
am sure that we have all had this experience, when stripping our
have a tiny little hex cap bolt holding your flybar holder or whatever
in place, and no matter what you try, the Allen Key or Hex Driver is
just rounding itself and the cap bolt off.
should only occur where the bolts are threaded into a CNC (Aluminium )
part, as thread lock should NOT be used in plastic threads.
one of the best ways I have found to get these recalcitrant bolts to
move is to use that old faithful workshop tool, the Soldering
Iron. The more powerful it is the better, so a 40W iron or larger
also need to have a pointed bit, not a blade type bit.
the iron right up, clean the tip, and then press the tip of the bit into
the head of the cap bolt and hold it there for around a minute or
so. It may of course take longer on larger bolts.
try to move it again, even if only just slightly. If it moves and
then sticks again, reapply the bit to the bolt head and repeat until the
bolt comes out relatively easily.
you remove bolts that required this to remove them, always make sure to
thoroughly clean the threads again BEFORE using the bolt again.