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Easy Out Procedure
Posted 31 May 2005 - 12:25 PM
I am going to attempt to remove a bolt w/ a rounded head on it this afternoon. I have a set of easy out bits and thought that I would make sure that I am doing it right before I dive in.
Do I need to drill some sort of pilot hole in the bolt, or do I just put the bit in the drill, set to reverse and push into the bolt while drilling?
Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:16 PM
You already have a bad situation, don't take any chances to make it worse.
Yes you need to drill a pilot hole. This is critical. You must get it right the first time. If you don't you'll mess up your existing threads.
I'd center punch your bolt and drill it carefully!
Start small and work your way up with the bits.
If you stay centered you can drill most all the bolt out except for the threads.
I have found that with the center of the bolt gone, it's easy to remove.
If it still won't come out then try the easy-out.
Don't force the easy-out, if you break it you have a big problem. They are made of the same stuff as drill bits.
(Ya I realize that the bolt are rarely in a convient spot)
Posted 31 May 2005 - 11:51 PM
Posted 01 June 2005 - 06:18 AM
Posted 01 June 2005 - 07:04 AM
Posted 01 June 2005 - 09:48 AM
Thanks for the input and replies, I'll definately remember for next time I have to deal w/ this sort of thing. The bolt was difficult to access, and would have been probably the worst way to learn to use an easy-out.
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