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I second the impact driver approach, they work great, and usually won't spin the bolt if the nut is snugged up by hand. I carry one on the boat all the time. I hate using vice grips on threads, although it's necessary at times, and it's impossible to get two hands into a lot of the areas where deck hardware comes through.
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Hex head bolts and an impact wrench!!
MS, I have seen you post about impact wrenches several times and I look at the picture, and I am always confused. What exactly does this tool do? The angle that the socket makes to the drive shaft seems to say that it does not turn that socket.
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The wobble metween extension and socket allows you to make some decent angles.
An alternate that I prefer in many cases is a flex extension, more or less springs and wire that allows very smooth curves, and with care can do 180 degrees, 90 with ease.



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Super Glue? I use super glue to "build" a collection of washers and the nut for difficult to reach places. I know this doesn't address the specific issue here but it could make part of it simpler. I put a little clay in the socket, press the washers and nut (all one piece thanks to super glue) into the socket and reach the collection up to the threaded end of the fastener with an extension and it stays together long enough to take a few truns with the socket. I haven't tried super glue to hold the fastener from above but it might do a good job.
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Is a 1/4 inch drive impact wrench sufficient for most boat jobs, or is a 1/2 inch needed?
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Depends on the boat...but I'd go with at least a 3/8" not a 1/4" drive impact wrench.
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Is a 1/4 inch drive impact wrench sufficient for most boat jobs, or is a 1/2 inch needed?
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My 1/4"

Even my inexpensive 1/4" Ryobi will snap a 5/16" bolt clean off with ZERO effort. Be very, very careful going with a high torque impact driver you don't need 200+ ft pounds!!!

I prefer the 1/4" as there are more places I can get it into than most 1/2" drivers. Getting deck hardware tight on a 30 to 40 footer should be no problem for even the smallest 1/4" impact driver. Hell you could squish the deck core easily if you can snap 5/16" bolts..
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