How to Unstick Rusted Nuts and Bolts

Never be frustrated by a rusted nut and bolt again with this foolproof removal method.

You will need

  • A wire brush
  • A hammer
  • WD-40
  • A wrench
  • Safety goggles
  • A nut-splitter
  • A small blowtorch

Step 1 Brush off Loosen as much rust as possible off the nut with a wire brush.

Step 2 Tap Tap the sides of the nut with a hammer to help the rust separate and fall off.

Step 3 Apply heat Apply heat to the side of the nut for about a minute.

Step 4 Spray lubricant When the bolt is cool enough to touch, spray WD-40 on and around the nut and bolt.

Step 5 Tap Tap the end of the bolt with a hammer to loosen the threads and allow the oil to penetrate.

Step 6 Loosen Wait another minute or so for the oil to work, and then use your wrench to loosen.

Step 7 Split it If all else fails, buy a nut splitter and crack that sucker in half. Always wear safety goggles when using a splitter.