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rock_fencer


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Does any body have an idea where i can find a hex bit in the appropriate bolts sizes (7/32 and 5/16).
Lowes, Homedepot, and Napa autoparts doesnt have it.

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T


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Ask for a Torx bit. That will work just fine.

Or get one through ebay, or your local hardware store, or just buy the allen wrench, and hacksaw it into the bits you want.


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yeah my boss said that hacksawing didnt pan out for him. Thanks for the tip on the torx wrench ill look into it. The goal is to strip down holds with a drill and not by hand!


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I used a hacksaw and got nowhere. A dremel with cutoff wheel did the trick...Fast.


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what do you mean by saying your boss said the hack saw didn't pan out?

he tried it and it didn't work or he doesn't like the idea?

i ran the climbing wall at my college for 3 years, and what we did was buy the cheap hexes at the local hardware store and had the facilities dept. cut the bends off for us with a....bandsaw? did i make this up? maybe--- anyways, they used one of their "motorized cutting thingamagiggies", or MCT's for you in the knowWink

worked great, though it DID take a little work and time. don't know if this helps you or not- not sure of your access to "MCT's"....


rock_fencer


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the hack saw didnt cut through said allen wrench. The machine shop here isnt cheap so i was trying to find a way to not have to cut through hardened steel.

we might just go with the facilitie guys doing it for us.

cheers for all the help
T


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you'll need a diamond blade to cut them.
and you can get one for a grinder or a skil saw
just make sure you clamp it down well


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Oct 5, 2008, 10:45 AM
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You need neither a diamond blade or any other fancy equipment for this task. They are easily made with basic and common hand tools. E-mail or PM me your address and I'll send you one of each for free. I cannot believe all the posts to resolve a very basic and simple problem.
I do not see how someone claiming to be a grad student with his climbing abilities has a level of problem solving skills like this.
Bob


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ouch bob.

i have a lack of tools besides a screwdriver and a hammer to hang pictures with, so if you can tell me how to cut through steel with those id be happy to know?

thanks for the other ideas as well.


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yodadave


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Hey Bob why don't you enlighten us as to your preferred "basic and common" method as opposed to simply saying bah humbug to our "fancy" techniques.
Oh and just so you know, in this modern age in which we live you can get a grinder and a diamond blade for around $40 at a hardware store. So it's not really all that "Fancy" Tongue


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 Simply put just a score with a simple hacksaw blade,(use the pliers to support the hex so your hands don't get hurt) and a simple one dollar hacksaw blade will cut the hex just fine. You need only go halfway or so through and then just snap off the excess. Use pliers or smack with a hammer will do. Tools are no longer as hard as you think, this should break so easily it will be hard to believe that they do any work at all. To dress the sharp end just drag it in the concrete outside your front door or use a file. Even a little sandpaper will do a bang up job.
Can be done for less than $5.00, including buying a whole set of L allens. The offer still stands for just sending you free bits.

Bob


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You Should be able to buy both sizes in regular and impact strength at Lowes. I do frequently. Look for a socket set and buy the drill adapter.


kmsmoguls


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Sears has 5/16 and 7/32 sockets. You just need to get an adapter so you can attache it to your drill. I use this set up for my impact driver and it work great.

Erik


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i wound up taking a 4in. grinder to a set of allen wrenches. worked like a charm!
thanks for the help


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We use a couple of cordless impact wrenches with hex to 3/8" drive adapters, and an allen socket in the appropriate size. It was easier to find, as well as the impact wrenches are a lot easier on the wrists.

For the impacts, we just use a B&D $100 special. Works well enough for stripping holds, and you aren't worried about dropping it.


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