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The Simplest things are hard...

Well, this may sound stupid, but....Anyone have a good trick for getting the *%*$#^& nut off of the **^((* bolt? I am removing stanchions for deck refinishing and on three separate base plates there is one stinking nut that I cannot break loose. I am setting vice grips on the nut below and honking on the screw head with the biggest screw driver the slot will take. I have applied WD-40 to the nuts. I wire brushed them in case there was some kind of corrosion holding them. No Joy. My next thought is a sawzall. Any other ideas before I get powered up?
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Probably nut, errrr not.

Sounds like Sawz-All might be it.............
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See Cameraderie's post in this thread Frozen Deck Fitting
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Your can heat it (not to much), Loctite has a new product in a can to freeze the nut, if all else fails invest in a nut spliter there not expensive. Good luck.
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I believe there is a tool called a nut cracker. You put this over the nut and tighten down. It will cut through the nut. You should fine this at a good hardware or automotive store. You could also tap the side of the nut with a chisel. Both approaches would destroy the nut. A saws all would work, but you could damage something else if you slip. Good luck.
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Sometimes the vicegrips can get a nice hold on the screw head as well as the nut...and are much more effective than a screwdriver.
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This pair of nut splitters only cost 8.00 - anyone ever use one?



At times when side access would damage adjacent finishes, or spaces are too tight, I've had to resort to drilling through the screwhead with a high speed bit slightly larger than the shank.
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Access to these nuts, while acceptable for normal remove/replace, is tight. Would the nut splitter work at at angle? It might be up to about a 30 degree angle off the flat, so only about half of the wedge would contact the nut initially.
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I never really understood the use of large screws on the stanchions rather then bolts.
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