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.

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

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