REQ: how to remove threaded rod


3/8 in. threaded rod through nut welded to outside of rectangular tube frame. Tube is ~2 in. x 3 in. with ~1/4 in. wall thickness. Ends, inside, and top of frame are not accessible. Nut is welded to short side. Threaded rod used to have "foot" attached . Rod has ~3 in. inside frame and 1 in. extending outside. Rod used to turn. Rod will not turn with vise-grips. All material is steel. Threads appear damaged. No corrosion.

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__________________________ _--| ^ _ -- ~ | | |~ | 3 in. | frame | | | tube | | | |_____V_____________________ | _-- __ ^ | _ -- ~ nut ---> / \ | 2 in. | ~ \__/ | _______________________| | _____V______ rod ---> | | |__|

Q1: How would you suggest to remove rod?

Q2: If it is decided to weld a big honkin' nut to the end of the rod to facilitate application of absurdly high torque values, what method of welding would you suggest?

Q3: What method of welding would minimize total heat into rod?

Then kew kindly for your assistance.

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Dev Null
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Before you totally cream the nut by trying to remove the seized rod.... cut the rod off flush. Drill it out through the nut to the minor dia. of the rod threads. Run appropriate tap through the nut to finish. This procedure requires a surgeon's touch, sharp, straight tooling, and, of course, dead center and axial drill path. It CAN be done. Good luck.... JR Dweller in the cellar

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JR North

Which part of the assembly are you trying to save? Likely, something won't survive if the rod won't turn.

Throw a grinder at it and move on.



Reply to
Robin S.

Weld a nut to the end of the rod.

MIG or Stick welding would both work fine.

You WANT heat. The best procedure I have used is a progressive one. Start with a torch, propane at least, but preferably Oxy/Acet. Warm the rod then shoot penetrating oil into the joint between the nut and the rod. A little more heat, then more oil. Do this a few times before even trying to move the nut. Don't try to turn the nut out in one go. Start by working it back and forth to break it free, while adding more oil to the joint. Eventually it should work free enough to get it out. I have used this technique on dozens of stuck bolts and engine studs.

Don't be stingy with the heat or the oil, but don't heat it above a dark red. Too hot and you will oxidize the threads too much.

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Ernie Leimkuhler

JR is right you can drill to the root of the thread then pick it out. I had a broken bolt and broken tap extraction business for 18 years and I made tools just for that job. For that size I would take old 1/4 drill bit and cut it off just at the base of the flutes, then grind about a 45 degree angle on drill, that part of the drill will still be hardend. And the bottom part of drill will not be heat treated. Now take the sharp pointed part of drill and pick the core of the threaded shaft away from the wall . Often you can grab the remaining thread with a needle nose pliers and pull it straight out. If it breaks apart in pieces then go back with the pointed drill pick and use a wire with a hook bent on the end to pull out the pieces. Wear eye glasses. The reason to use an old drill is hitting the soft end is less likely to shatter. And the 45 degree angle pushes the core out to the center so you can grab it. Keep tool sharp. Jim

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Jim Sehr

First, nice job with that ASCII Art! I have had to do that before, and it takes a while.

My solution: Do you have a cutting torch or a grinder? If so, cut or grind the old nut off of there. That will get rid of the rusty nut and the damaged threaded rod. Then, go to Tractor Supply Co and get a new nut/rod to weld in its place.

Good luck, ~Joe

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If you can get visegrips on the rod on the inside of the frame tube, you might do as JRN says except drill to slightly less than the minor diameter and then try to turn the rod from the inside of the frame tube.


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"jp2express" wrote in news:Jvsii.23920$

Thanks to everyone for your replies.

Every time I tried to weld (SMAW, 3/32 E6011) a nut onto the rod, the rod sheared off at the weld. Probably just bad welding, but my excuse is it was overhead.

If I didn't have to weld overhead I would definitely have cut off the old nut and welded on a new one.

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Dev Null

I missed the beginning of this thread but it sounds to me like an ideal application for a nut splitter (or a cold chisel, hammer, and something heavy for backup).

Don Young

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Don Young

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