How To Loosen Rusty Nuts, Bolts and Screws

Oftentimes when you are too busy with your work and daily chores inside the house, you tend to overlook the small things present inside your garage, which include nuts, bolts and screws. When you miss every opportunity of cleaning those things, they get rusty at a quicker rate, and thus they become inefficient. Furthermore, when they get too rusty, you will find it hard to clean them and make them look the way they should. You even have to loosen them so that the cleaning process will be a lot easier. So here are some few tips on how to loosen rusty nuts, bolts and screws:

  1. First of all, you have to make an inventory of all those things that needed cleaning and repair. Thus, make a list of all the rusty bolts, nuts and screws. Be sure you don’t miss one so that after you are done with the cleaning process, you don’t have to go over it again because you miss some of them in your list.
  2. Prepare all the materials needed to loosen those rusty nuts, bolts and screws in your house. Basically, you have to prepare a liquid rust buster type product, a hand held propane torch, screw drivers and gloves. Using a hand held propane torch could be risky so be sure that your workplace is safe – check the environment if it has any leaking combustible material nearby and try to remove them or move them away from your workplace. Moreover, don’t let any children near while you are working.
  3. Spray the liquid rust buster type product on the rusty screws and let the liquid sit in there for a few minutes. The most known among these products is the PV Blaster type. After that, try removing the rusty screws slowly. If the screws won’t budge, try to wait for another few minutes. Usually, it takes a maximum of 30 minutes before the rust buster seep through the rusty object. If after this, the screw is still stuck, then you might as well need the propane torch.
  4. Using the hand held propane torch, heat the head of the rusty screw for about thirty seconds, slightly moving the torch around to heat the entire head of the screw. Using a screwdriver, slowly turn the heated screw until it loosens up. Now, you don’t want to get accidentally burned so use gloves in touching the screw. On the other hand, if you want to heat a bolt and/or nut, you have to put the torch where they meet and slowly heat that part including the entire nut. After using the propane torch, don’t forget to turn it off for it might harm you.
  5. If you still find it really hard loosening up those rusty nuts, bolts and screws using the said materials, then you might want to consult the nearest mechanic in your place. Maybe it is time you cut those rusty objects using a power tool that cuts through steel or high grade cutting torch. And this requires the assistance of a professional mechanic.


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