by Dicky Williams - EPuck.com
Before you put your fist through a wall, threaten to gouge you own eyes out or (my favourite) put a fork through your ear – read this article for easy ways to remove an axle bolt that is stuck in a chassis. For simplicity sake, we’ll assume that the hex on the bolt is either rounded out or worn down to the point at which an Allen key is useless. There are a couple of ways to get the axle out:
Alternate Technique #1:
Do the same operation, but with a Phillips screwdriver clamped into the vise.
Alternate Technique #2:
Do the same operation, but cut a slot across the head of the bolt, clamp a flat head screwdriver into the vise and follow steps 2 and 3 above. If the bolt is recessed, that makes it much harder to cut the slot, but you can use a nifty little tool called a Dremel to do that. Be sure to follow all appropriate safety precautions such as wearing safety glasses.
Bring it to a machine shop or a good bicycle shop and ask them to use a tool called an "Easy Out" to remove the bolt. What they do is to drill a pilot hole in the bolt, and place a bit into the hole that is reverse threaded so that while you are tightening up the bit, it is backing out the bolt. If you have the tool, or don’t mind buying the tool, then follow these instructions to remove the bolt.
Mike: Dicky Williams is the founder of EPuck.com. He has been involved in hockey for the last 9 years as a player as well as a youth coach and currently is involved with the creation of all content on the EPuck site from product reviews and descriptions to articles and interviews. EPuck.com is one of the recommended shops for buying hockey equipment online on our shops page - see link to the left.
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