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Old 03-16-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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This problem has been giving me a pain for a while now, so I figured I would ask for some help.
I have a long screw that is held in place by a nut, the nut, is inside a steel box, there is no way of getting to it, the screw goes in, and is supposed to fasten via the nut, instead when I try to remove the screw, the nut spins at the same time because its placed improperly, so the screw is stuck.

Any ideas on how to remove the screw? I cant really go at it with an arsenal of tools, because the head of the screw is perfectly level with the surface it holds in place too.

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Old 03-16-2009, 11:49 AM   #2
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you might try grinding the head of your bolt ( I am assuming it is a bolt if it has a nut attached to it) once the head is ground off to the diameter of the shaft of the bolt, you should be able to push it in the hole. Do not know off the top of my head how you would re-install a bolt. What is this steel box with bolt on. Is it part of vehicle or ??? More info might give possible solution.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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Are you going to want to reinstall the bolt? Do you care if the nut and part of the bolt drop into the box and stay there forever?
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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http://www.crossedupoffroad.com/cata...ges/JamNut.png
This is the nut inside the steet box, in the odd little diagram, its highlighted as green.
The red highlighted area is in fact a long Philips head screw.

I've considered cutting the head off, but because the nut spins with the screw, I cant get it out enough, the head of the screw is flush with the surface (in the diagram, the red is flush with the horizontal line)
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Can you get a thin bladed putty knife between the two parts? You could slightly pry them apart and the friction between the nut and this metal box may be enough to keep it from spinning.
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I had actually tried that, I used a precision screwdriver to try to lift it, but its not enough friction, I also tried putting it with pliers, still nothing
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Did you turn the head of the machine screw by hand? Try a cordless drill with the pry action?

What exactly are you taking apart? Can you drill a hole in this metal box big enough to get in needle nose pliers or wedge the nut with a screwdriver?
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Wedge the bolt head up with some needle nose pliers (not held tight), then hit it with a high speed screwdriver.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:07 PM   #9
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If all else fails I would use a glue to glue the head in its opening and then drill it out once the glue had cured.
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I knew my old propane tank and blowtorch nozzle would come in useful one day. Turns out they're indispensable for removing stuck screws and bolts after the strongest penetrants fail. Both my license plate screws on my trunk were rusted solid to the frame. Repeated applications of first WD-40 and then PB catalyst and banging with a hammer did nothing. I finally applied liberal PB catalyst and opened the trunk hood so the license plate was horizontal to the ground to assist the penetrant via gravity and let stand overnight. Next morning I tried to remove the screws and they still wouldn't budge. Plan B was to take a cheap blowtorch to them for about twenty seconds each. After briefly applying a blue flame they unscrewed easily. So my solution would be to allow penetrant to stand overnight, then if it still doesn't work apply a blowtorch and see if that does the trick. Make sure to replace with stainless steel screws.
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Penetrant isn't going to help, the nut inside will still spin with the screw.

The picture posted is dead as is the url underneath. What exactly is this box?
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The OP is 18 months old...hopefully fixed long ago.

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