rockmeupto125 Posted August 9, 2022 Share Posted August 9, 2022 Okay, it's time for a little story. Blue truck makes a grindy noise. Can't be positive if its the fenortinny rod bushing or the reciprocating gungulator shaft union, but both are on infinite back order so I decided to just change the brakes and rotors because they don't seem as smooth as usual and I'm almost out of brake fluid. One side is a 15 minute job if you know where in my garage the correct sockets are. I don't, so 45 minutes into an easy job, I come to a dead stop with a pair of exponentially torque resistant bolts. Progressing rapidly through 3/8ths to 1/2 inch, 16 inch breaker, 6 point wrench with hammer, 24 inch breaker, 24 inch with torque multipliers (jack handle, then 4ft fence pipe), it was decided this task needed to escalate aggressively. The 95 degree ambient temp was certainly not enough, so we were going to need more heat. Now if you've seen my garage, you'll appreciate that when I say it would take an hour to get my tanks outside, I mean it. That's another hour in the heat, so forget that. A MAPP torch would work, if I could only find mine. And there's also the consideration of heating components that I might not want to have to replace. Here's one of those bolts. The other looks quite similar. So I grab a suspiciously clean box off my shelf. It's clean because I put it there only a few days before this. I used a blade to get through the super grip tape used for boxes intended for international shipping. And oh my goodness, what is this? Maybe an oboe! Correctly played, it can make people leave their seats. Maybe it will do the same with bolts! The bubble wrap goes to the lady. As suspected, she is cheaply and easily pleased. But, no oboe. Instead, this pleasantly tinted box holds a special tool indeed...a space age item called an induction heater. Been wanting one for a while, and now that money is becoming quickly worthless, this was getting to be at an attractive price. It's a 1000 watt unit, whatever that means, and came with several heating coils in different configurations, as well as the requisite paperwork. Which was quickly man-processed. So I placed an appropriate coil in the screw fastening blocks, plug it in, and approach the insolent bolt, heeding the instructions not to dry fire the device, but to only activate it under load. I place the coil around the bolt, and fire it off. A fan comes on, and an LED. After 30 seconds of therapy, the bolt looks like this. I again approach the bolt...... And after a second 30 second therapy session, the bolt now looks like this. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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