Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Sometimes, several; sharp, fast, but not overly hard whacks with a light hammer on the end of the bolt, can help brake the rust and or paint bonds to loosen the bolt. I like to put the Trox socket in the bolt and hit the socket. The idea is not to hit to hard. The blow should be fast but not too hard, the hammer should bounce away at once. Using a light hammer at high speed works best. The hammer should litterally bounce off causing no damage. It is hard to discribe and is a feel kind of thing.
This tends to cause a large impact load that helps brake paint and rust bonds, and if the Trox socket is hit this can also helps the Torx bit get better settled into the bolt which is often painted preventing a good seating. This makes it harder for the Torx head bolt from rounding off.
It does not always work but is worth a shot.
I will start using Metric only when the duodecimal system is adopted!!
Last edited by bandhmo2; 05-19-2007 at 02:40 AM.