How to Bust a Nut

December 7, 2023
David Sunnyside

When you get stuck on a tough nut, it can be very frustrating. There are several things you can try. First, make sure that the socket or wrench is seated on the nut or bolt head (not on the threads). It also helps to use a 6-point socket or wrench instead of a 12-point one, which applies more force to the thickest part of the nut. It's also a good idea to spray a liberal amount of penetrating oil on the nut and bolt, wait for about 5-10 minutes, then try turning again.

If that doesn't work, use a pair of pliers to grip the nut and hit it on the flats of the heads with a hammer (not on the corners). This can knock loose some of the rust and help break it free. A wire brush and some elbow grease will help you remove as much rust as possible from the bolt threads, too.

Finally, if you can't get the nut to turn with all these tricks, try using an impact wrench. This delivers a strong combination of rotation and shock that sometimes breaks stubborn nuts free. If all else fails, you might have to cut off the nut with a hacksaw or reciprocating saw, but that's usually the last resort. Busting a nut can be very satisfying. It increases feelings of arousal and sexual satisfaction and can lead to orgasmic release. It can also lead to deeper connections between two people, both in the bedroom and out.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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