Now you’re in a pickle! You thought that with just a little more effort the bolt would turn. It did – only the head twisted off in the process. Perhaps, instead, the corners of the bolt are rounded beyond recognition. Or maybe you just stripped the phillips out of the phillips head screw. Regardless, the fastener is damaged beyond repair. What do you do now?
Home mechanics have a long history with breaking bolts or stripping heads or having a fastener simply refuse to budge. Although the pros may mock the less experienced, amateur wrenches, here’s a little secret: They mangle fasteners, too. What sets them apart is that they know how to get themselves out of the hole they’re in (mostly) without digging it any deeper.