<VV> More on Easy Outs

Smitty vairologist at cox.net
Mon Sep 18 17:48:24 EDT 2017

"the limits of Easy Outs"

Yeah, the limits of a flawed concept.  The idea that you can take something
smaller in diameter that the original twisted off bolt, wedge it in the
middle of said broken bolt thus putting expansion pressure on the broken
bolt, then expect it to withstand the torque required to remove the broken

As I already stated, it may work on a new bolt.  That is the limit of an
EZ-out.  The previously suggested use of one to remove a twisted off
manifold stud is imprudent and outside of the recognized limits of the
Smitty Says.  Jim I have no interest in trying a pissing contest with you 
but your blanket statement that they have no value is dead wrong.  This is 
based on 30 years as an aircraft mechanic, where I have saved more aircraft 
parts than I would ever be able to carry in a sack through the use of Easy 
Outs.  When it is Easy out time, finesse is the watchword.  If a guy drills 
a hole in a broken stud and shoves an Easy Out into it, and then twists 
until he breaks it off, then he deserves what he gets.  You ignore the fact 
that many times a stud breaks because of the tensile load applied by "Mr. 
Wrench" has simply pulled it in two.  That's an easy one for an Easy Out and 
I know of no superior product to use in it's place.  Many times the 
application of a flat punch with a heavy hammer on the end of the stud can 
crack the oxidation products holding the bolt.  Get the Easy Out to finish 
the job.  Those are only two applications where the intelligent mechanic can 
use an Easy Out , and there are many more. 

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