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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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OT Easy Out tool

Hi there

Can someone tell me what an easy out tool is and where I can buy one?

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Easy outs are used to get bolts/screws out after you busted the heads off. Here is a quick overview. You should be able to get them at any hardware store or Sears.
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Its sorta like a tap as in tap and die, but it counterscrews to pull the bolt out - any hardware store like Sears or the like ought to carry it. What did ya break off?

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East troy huh? I used to go to Timber-lee when I was a bit younger..
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Patrick, An easy out is used to remove a bolt that has broken off as you were trying to remove it. You drill an appropriate hole down into the broken off bolt. Insert the easy out down into the hole and turn it out. It has sharp sides on it which grabs the broken bolt and backs it out of the hole. I've had limited success with them, i guess it just depends on the application. Sears will have them. Some will have straight fluted sides and other are spiral. I think the spiral-cut may be better. -Bob
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Use it onvce and you'll remember it forever. A GREAT little device! Most auto parts stores should have them. Picked mine up at NAPA.
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About 8mi. from my house. Funny, most people don't even know where East Troy is.
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Some will have straight fluted sides and other are spiral. I think the spiral-cut may be better.

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In my experiance I've had better luck with the straight ones, the spiral cut taperd ones tend to expand the bolt outwards making them even tighter. But no matter what style I've had limited success also.

I've had better luck with left handed drill bits and heat with lots of PB-Blaster or just drill and heli-coil.
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1. NEVER NEVER NEVER force an easy out.
2. If you think extracting a broken screw is bad...
3. It's a peice of cake compared to a broken easy-out.
4. Use your head when using this tool.
5. There's a reason that the screw/bolt broke in the first place,
6. Don't repeat the process with the easy-out.
7. Sometimes it's easier to drill and retap.
8. But you've got to make that decision.
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I've had pretty good luck with easy outs. Here are some tips to increase your success.
1) The bolt head must be as flat as possible so it can be drilled STRAIGHT. A Dremel cas sometimes be used to grind the bolt flat.
2) Use the biggest easy out possible. The smaller they are, the easier they break. They are hardened so if you break one you're screwed. They are very difficult to drill out.
3) Use a good quality penetrating oil. The very best I've foung is "Kano Kroil". It is supposed to creep into a gap one millionth of an inch. I believe it. You can sometimes find it locally at industrial tool stores. If not you can get from "Brownell's". They are a gunsmith supply company and they have an online catalog. It ain't cheap but will more than pay for itself. Soak it down good and let it work for a couple of hours.
4) Sometimes heat will help if you can get it cherry red without damaging what ever the bolt is stuck in. Apply the heat before inserting the easy out.
5) Tap the easy out lightly with with a babbet or brass mallet so it gets a good bite.

You can buy small sets at your local home center at a reasonable price.

I hope this helps. Let us know how you do.

By the way. What did you break? [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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