a socket wrench or twist off the bolt head.
Then you’re really bolted (as in screwed).
PHOTO: MEL NEALE
Different lengths of pipe and different
inside diameters round out this arsenal.
Obviously you’ll want thick-walled pipe.
The longer the pipe, the more leverage
(power) you can apply. Always be sure the
wrench is squarely on the bolt head and not
canted in the least. Failure to do this as you
apply torque almost assures a headless bolt,
and the odds are bad enough already. Also
beware of the extra clearance you’ll need
for your lengthened “handle,” particularly if
there are electrical terminals or wires around.
Normally I’ll pull out a cheating bar before
I go through all the steps above, because I
don’t have the time. I seldom use this trick
after doing all the rest because I know that if
the other tricks haven’t worked, the cheating
bar will probably just break off the head.
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