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How to remove bolts using bolt grips

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Removing rounded, painted or rusted bolts can be done in a number of ways using bolt grips. Depending on how tough it is to remove or where the bolt is will help when choosing which tools to choose. Removing rounded, painted or rusted bolts can be done in a number of ways using bolt grips. Factors such as how difficult a bolt is to remove and where it is located will help you decide which tools to use.

Equipment you will need:

The tools you will need are: Bolt grips, vice grip pliers or an adjustable spanner or, Hand ratchet or, Air ratchet or, Air impact wrench or an electric impact wrench. The tools you will need:

  • Bolt grips
  • One of the following: mole grip pliers, an adjustable spanner, a hand or air ratchet, air impact wrench or electric impact wrench.
 First you would choose the size of the bolt grip compared to the size of the bolt being removed. So you will need to measure the head of the bolt being extracted. The bolt grips commonly have the size etched on their side, or printed on the case or packaging if available.

Step 1 – Choose bolt grips

First, choose bolt grips of the correct size for the bolt being removed.

To do this, measure the head of the bolt being extracted. Bolt grips commonly have the size etched on their side, or printed on the case or packaging if available.

If you want to extract with little effort or the bolt is difficult to remove, then use the square drive. The square drive will allow you to use a hand or air ratchet and an air or electric impact wrench. Attach the bolt grip to the square drive.

Step 2 – Choose square drive

If you want to extract with little effort or if the bolt is difficult to remove, then use the square drive. This will allow you to use a hand or air ratchet and an air or electric impact wrench.

Attach the bolt grip to the square drive.

If you are using the hexagonal flats, then place the bolt grip on the bolt that you want to extract, making sure it is on comfortably without the grip moving at all.

Step 3 – Choose hexagonal flats

If you are using the hexagonal flats, then place the bolt grip on the bolt that you want to extract, making sure it is on comfortably without the grip moving at all.

If you are using vice grip pliers or an adjustable spanner then place the jaws tightly around the hexagonal flats of the grip once it is placed onto the bolt.

Step 4 – Vice grip pliers or adjustable spanner

If you are using vice grip pliers or an adjustable spanner, place the jaws tightly around the hexagonal flats of the grip once it is placed onto the bolt.

If you are using an air or electric impact ratchet then you will need to set it to reverse.

Step 5 – Impact ratchet settings

If you are using an air or electric impact ratchet then you will need to set it to reverse.

Now it is set to reverse, press the trigger on the air or electric impact wrench to make the bolt grip move anti-clockwise. On the air ratchet you will need to press the lever to move the bolt grip.

Step 6 – Use impact ratchet

Now it is set to reverse, press the trigger on the air or electric impact wrench to turn the bolt grip anti-clockwise.

On the air ratchet you will need to press the lever to move the bolt grips.

If you are using a hand ratchet then simply place onto the bolt and turn manually anti-clockwise.

Step 7 – Use hand ratchet

If you are using a hand ratchet, simply place this onto the bolt and turn anti-clockwise.

Using the adjustable spanner or vice grip pliers, grip the bolt grip and turn it anti-clockwise as the teeth of the grip will dig into the bolt. You need to keep turning the bolt anti-clockwise until it starts extracting.

Step 8 – Use adjustable spanner or vice grip pliers

Using the adjustable spanner or vice grip pliers, grasp the bolt grips and turn anti-clockwise. The teeth of the grips should dig into the bolt.

Keep turning the bolt anti-clockwise until it starts extracting.

The damaged or broken bolt will now turn anti-clockwise until it is removed completely.

Step 9 – Remove bolt

The damaged or broken bolt can now be removed completely.