If you’re a home improvement enthusiast, then you know that there are some projects that just can’t be completed without the right tools. And when it comes to stubborn nuts and bolts that refuse to budge, having a good set of nut and bolt extractors on hand is essential. But with so many different types and brands of extractors available on the market, how do you know which ones are right for you? In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about choosing and using nut and bolt extractors so that you can tackle your next home improvement project with confidence.
Types of Nut and Bolt Extractors
There are three main types of nut and bolt extractors: impact, mechanical, and electrical. Impact extractors use sharp teeth or jaws to grip the head of the fastener so that it can be turned with an impact wrench or ratchet. Mechanical extractors use either a screw-type mechanism or a reverse drill bit to grab onto the fastener head so that it can be turned with a socket wrench or drill. Electrical extractors use a high-powered electric motor to turn the fastener head counterclockwise.
Choosing the Right Type of Extractor
The type of extractor you need will depend on the size and type of fastener you’re dealing with, as well as how much torque is required to remove it. For smaller fasteners, an impact or mechanical extractor should suffice. For larger fasteners, you’ll need an electrical extractor. If you’re not sure which type of extractor to choose, err on the side of caution and go with an electrical model; it will be more expensive but will get the job done every time.
How to Use Nut and Bolt Extractors
Once you have the right type of extractor for the job, using it is relatively straightforward. Simply attach the jaws or teeth of the extractor to the head of the fastener, making sure that they are properly aligned. Apply pressure to the handle of the wrench or ratchet (for impact models), or begin turning clockwise (for mechanical models). For electrical models, position the motor over the head of the fastener and press down on the trigger until it begins spinning counterclockwise.
If at first, you don’t succeed, try again—you may not have been able to grip the fastener head properly on your first try. Once you’ve loosened the grip of the nut or bolt, finish removing it by hand. Be careful not to strip the threads as you remove them; if you do, you’ll need to start from square one with a new fastener.
We hope this guide has been helpful in teaching you how to choose and use nut and bolt extractors like a pro! Remember—when in doubt, go with an electrical model; it may be more expensive upfront but it will save you time (and frustration) in the long run.