Drilling is going to be my last resort. And, at this point, I don't really 
see any other alternative.

I used a 6-point socket. Actually, three different ones from different sets 
I had, in case one was rounded. I also bought one of those Craftsman Bolt 
Extractor kits, which also refused to budge this thing. I let the 
penetrating oil set for days (used both Liquid Wrench and PB Blaster), 
applying a bit more each day. I've been working on this for over a week. I 
tried a 12" breaker bar and an impact driver. My longer breaker bar is for 
1/2" sockets, and I don't have a 12mm socket in 1/2 inch.

I believe I'm seeing a couple of issues here. The first is that the bolt is 
upside down, so the penetrating oil has a harder time working its way up to 
the threads. Secondly, I took a look at the other bolt (that I actually did 
remove), and there is a significant amount of shaft between where the head 
is and the threads start. And I can't see any way to get at this bolt from 
the top, where the threads are.

Last night I applied more PB Blaster and let it sit. Then I hit it with a 
torch for 30 seconds, and let it cool. Then I tried the breaker bar and the 
impact driver on it. Repeat. It simply will not budge.


On Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:46:54 AM UTC-7, jrhoyt0895 wrote:
> Have you considered drilling through the bolt, like you would if you had a 
> screw with a stripped head?
> Consistent with other advice, I think you did what I would have done, 
> although I might have done it a tad differently:
> -I don't know if you used a 6-point socket or a 12-point socket, a 6-point 
> socket is the way to go here.
> -How long is your breaker bar?  The longer it is, the more leverage you 
> have, giving you the ability to be a bit more gentle.
> -When using a breaker bar, I always try to push down, rather than up or to 
> the side.
> -How long did you let the penetrating oil sit?  When using penetrating 
> oil, patience can really pay off.
> One last thing: Imagine the bolt is a jar of pickles someone just handed 
> you while asking, "Can you open this for me?"  You turn the lid and it pops 
> off with almost no effort, and you say, "You must have loosened it."  In 
> other words, be gentle, spray some penetrating oil on it, and they walk 
> away for a while.  Then try gently again later, and repeat until the thing 
> comes off.

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