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Mike Sokol

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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2014, 09:13:04 am »

Easy-outs are brittle. If you haven't broken an easy out, you haven't used them much.

Yeah, IIRC it's impossible to drill out a broken Easy Out. We don't have to pull out these brackets until after the holidays, so we'll take tools for all contingencies we can think of, start simple, and keep experimenting until we have success.
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2014, 07:43:10 pm »


Easy-outs are brittle. If you haven't broken an easy out, you haven't used them much.

JR

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The "Easy" in the name HAD to come from marketing-certainly not a nickname!

My vote is for the dremel with the grinding disks-if I wanted to save brackets, etc I might try Easy outs, etc-otherwise time is money and grinding the heads off, while it may damage the brackets slightly will get them off.
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2014, 01:24:05 am »

Small grinder with a diamond-cut blade. If you don't need to re-use the brackets this will be the quickest removal, and the blade will last for a long time.
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2014, 09:59:15 am »

Small grinder with a diamond-cut blade. If you don't need to re-use the brackets this will be the quickest removal, and the blade will last for a long time.

My contractor has already recommended the diamond cut blade in a grinder route. We're going to have to cover up everything since there's a pair of antique life-sized statues within a few feet of these brackets. And I don't care if we trash the brackets, we just need to get them off the wall for plastering and painting. I'll be sure to take pictures of this...
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2014, 01:20:05 am »

I've never seen that type.  If they break off when removing them, why don't they break off when installing them?
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2014, 06:25:31 am »

If they break off when removing them, why don't they break off when installing them?


That's a very good question!


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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2014, 08:08:44 am »

I've never seen that type.  If they break off when removing them, why don't they break off when installing them?

When installing them you keep applying torque until the bolt section sheers off, then A) you know that they're tight enough, and B) they're not coming back out easily.
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2014, 08:39:20 am »

... and a very good answer!


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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2014, 12:57:37 pm »

Ease-Outs make me cringe.... I worked in a tractor shop for a couple of years a few years ago and had more experience with those than I care to think about....
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Re: Removing Tamper-Proof Bolts
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2014, 01:26:00 pm »

When installing them you keep applying torque until the bolt section sheers off, then A) you know that they're tight enough, and B) they're not coming back out easily.

Wait, are the heads still on? Surely not. :o

How tight are they? Can you grab the shoulder with a large pair of channel locks or vise grips? Maybe they are loose enough to turn out.
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