i have a security gate on my front porch i would like to get rid of but i need some info. its bolted into the ground, ceiling and side walls with a particular bolt i'm not familiar with. Can i get a bit for this from a home improvement store? what is this called?
You would need a hollow head torqs,,never saw one like that before. Has to have a hollow bore like a nut driver,,,sorta with outer torqs drive. Unless that center piece pops out somehow. or is this a rivet type fastener. grinding prolly quicker.
thanks for the quick replies. yeah i figured it was some kind of tamper proof thing. reminds me of some of the ones i've seen in public restrooms to hold stalls together. i decided to just grind them off, some of them look pretty rusted so i would probable end up needing the grinder anyways.
Yes, this is a tamper proof torx head. I have one in my tool box.
These are used in some automotive applications also.
If can find a auto tool dealer such as Snap-On, Mac, Matco any one of them should have your bit to remove this.
--also depending on the quality of the fastener you might have luck breaking off the center pin with a punch.
I would run into them from time to time when having to take burglar bars off windows to replace them and found it just as quick and easy to pry the whole unit off with a flat bar/crow bar and hammer. If the surrounding brick/mortar/stucco was delicate then I would grind the head off to prevent damage.
Take a small pin punch, use it to break out the center pin, they break out easily. The use the appropriate size Torx driver to remove the screw. Don't expect that screw to just back out though. Depending on what it is screwed into you may need to give it a good dose of some type of penetrating oil the day before. Good Luck. David
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