Although it might be too late for this problem, you might want to consider
picking up a 3/8' adapter for your 1/2' breaker bar.
On Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:15:37 PM UTC-4, Jared Clifton wrote:
> 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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