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Old 02-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Help with removal of rusty Bolts/Screws

Hello All!! Thanks in advance!!

What is the best way to remove the rusted bolts/screws from the C channel? I have a multi tool but the blades don't seem to work well to cut the bolts off from above. Is grinding them off from under the BP the best way?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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A HD Saws-all should cut right through em' if you use the proper metal cutting blades...
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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I plunge cut with thinnest (0.8mm?) high speed cutting wheel down the bolt shank to separate a 40-50% chunk off the nut off and then twist it off with vice-grip pliers...
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:46 PM   #5
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For the ones that come up from the bottom and have the nut on the top, grab a pair of vice grips and bend the bolt shaft back and forth a couple of times. They'll often just snap right off. For the ones that go topside-down, you'll need access to the under side to do that.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of your input! Since I have the tools for all of these methods, I'll give them all a try and see which one works best! Doing the full monte on my '71 Globtrotter and while it is challenging, nothing has come too easy in this refurbishment......
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For the ones that come up from the bottom and have the nut on the top, grab a pair of vice grips and bend the bolt shaft back and forth a couple of times. They'll often just snap right off. For the ones that go topside-down, you'll need access to the under side to do that.
katy I agree with utee94 and Wabiteer. The fastest and easiest way is to snap them off with vice grips. I tried several methods and then just ended up using the vice grips and was done in no time at all.
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I think that will work fairly well, but there are several self tapping wood screws that are so rusted that my drill phillips drill head cannot get a grip to unscrew them. Thus, i thought the multi tool could get in between the wood and the c channel to cut it loose.
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Katy for those little wood screws just grind the heads off them or if you want to go to the trouble of removing them grind a notch in them and remove them by hand with a regular slotted screwdriver.
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DUH!!! I am such an idiot! That is a great idea...it is so simple it is brilliant. Thanks Wasagachris.
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I just cut the screw heads off with a sharp Stanley wood chisel. The bolts, I cut off with a metal cutting blade in a Sawzall.
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