How to Loosen Nuts, Bolts and Screws

Torches, screw extractors, oil and other tricks to help you free stuck fasteners.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Impact driver
  • Soldering torch
  • Locking pliers
  • File
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Pipe wrench
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer
  • Wrench set
  • Cutoff tool
  • Air chisel

You'll also need a screw extractor, nut splitter and hammer impact chisel.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Penetrating oil
  • Sprayer
  • Work gloves