Removing a Rusty Nut or Bolt

If you have a rusty nut and bolt, you can remove them by spraying penetrating oil liberally on the nut and bolt. Let the oil set for a while and then try to remove the nut. Penetrating oil can be purchased at your local hardware store. When trying to remove the nut, use a wrench with a long handle to provide you with good leverage. Push or pull the wrench with short and sharp jerks instead of extended pressure. The short jerks will help loosen the rust.

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April 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have heard also that Coca Cola works well at loosening rusty nuts and bolts. I think one covers them with aluminium foil then pours in the cola,tie it up and leave. Don't leave too long though, Cola has phosphoric acid in it - so keep an eye on it.

Good luck! (And to think people drink this stuff too!) :o

Monique x UK

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April 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have heard also that Coca Cola works well at loosening rusty nuts and bolts. I think one covers them with aluminium foil then pours in the cola,tie it up and leave. Don't leave too long though, Cola has phosphoric acid in it - so keep an eye on it.

Good luck! (And to think people drink this stuff too!) :o

Monique x UK

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April 22, 20060 found this helpful

Electrical conduit, cut to a reasonable length, can make a cheap "extender" for your socket wrench. Available in any hardware, the extra leverage can sometimes turn the trick, or the nut in this case.

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We are trying to replace our kitchen faucet, but one of the bolts to hold it in place underneath is rusted so badly WD40 won't loosen it at all. Any suggestions welcome. We are trying to do this on our own without an expensive plumber bill.

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A final option is grinding it off.

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