My Father Taught Me This! Passing It On To The Next Generation

  • Published: 18 April 2018
  • My Dad who is also a mechanic showed me this hack many years ago, I have shared it with lots of people who I worked with and I am pleased to pass it on to many more.

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    If you have a jammed bolt nut or fastner at won't turn in or is refusing to start, with damaged thread etc.. this is an ideal hack / tip that my old grandad passed on to my father and now on to me.
    I really hope you find this video helps you out
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  • Gerard Burke
    Gerard Burke   1 years back

    ***UPDATE**** I decided to make a follow up video on this Should answer some of the questions that were raised, I include 3 demos of this in action with close up shots.

    As there was some safety concerns & confusing comments raised, I felt I should clear a few things up.
    1) This is a tip for certain circumstances only, I never have and never would use it on a component which would cause any safety concern to any customer.
    2) The demo was done on a support bracket only, items like this or similar will not cause any safety concern.
    3) I did this free of charge and on a time restraint, I noticed it when I was replacing another item, the customer needed the vehicle back that evening and I decided rather than leave it like it was, I would do this and secure it up fully.
    4) The bolt was not the issue, the part that the bolt threads into is a secured piece, someone had previously damaged it, leaving the bracket loose and the bolt just tightened a turn or so.
    5) The bolt can be removed and will not break, it will go in and out as usual and has helped clean up the damaged threads.
    6) Used in the right application I personally believe this is a great tip and can save you a lot of time & trouble.

    Lastly to all the people who have watched the video, Thanks very much and I am delighted with the feedback I have received on it.

    • Larry Moody
      Larry Moody  4 months back

      Toni barxton

    • TheGearhead222
      TheGearhead222  6 months back

      Aye, loov yer accent , mate! Where ye be frum?;)-John in Texas;)

    • Glenn Glorious
      Glenn Glorious  6 months back

      @Slim Johnson "If the average night's sleep is eight hours (ie one third of a day), one sleeps for one third of one's life. If you live, say, 75 years, that's 25 years asleep, or 9,125 days."
      I was trying to figure out whether or not you are an idiot or just ignorant. Then I realized you were both. My Mother did in fact grow up in bed.

    • Glenn Glorious
      Glenn Glorious  6 months back

      I've seen more people whining about having to post these 6 tips than people who allegedly voiced safety concerns that weren't covered by the video. Grow up.

    • michael
      michael  7 months back

      Nick Michaels - re-tapping aluminum or even steel for that matter will alot of times leave you with loose threads. its not well known but standard automotive taps are a certain size. if you look through a machinists catalog you will find that the same size taps are available in different clearance sizes, and thats the problem when you just go and use a tap. you don't know the tap size the manufacturer originally utilized to make the original threads. a very good case in point is that some shop manuals will clearly indicate that certain critical threads should NOT be chased with a tap during rebuild procedures. i can't remember where i saw it last but i want to say it was head bolts. the reason, like i said is that they are tapped undersize for a tighter fit with the bolt. besides, this uploader essentially just turned a regular bolt into a perfectly suitable tap. most noncritical aluminum threads are made from the factory with a self tapping bolt anyhow. i bet this one was too. shit. the water pump on my mercedes sprinter comes with unthreaded holes to attach all the other stuff that bolts to it to. its scary as f*ck threading those self tapping bolts into an aluminum housing but the fit is nice once its done. i tapped one the right way for shits and giggles and the fit was loose.

  • Dean Griffee
    Dean Griffee  8 hours back

    Nice, I am not a grandpa but learned it somewhere in my youth and never thought about it that it wasn't normal.

    • Coach Chris
      Coach Chris  2 days back

      Awesome thanks

      • Matteo L
        Matteo L  3 days back

        Used this trick on my wheel bolt!

        • john colley
          john colley  4 days back

          My Pops showed me this same trick many years ago although with a slight difference. He used a file with one flat side the other rounded, and filed a Groove along one side of the Bolt but only about three threads down. It is important to cut the groove at a certain angle so it becomes like a tap with a cutting edge. He then used anti seizing compound on the threads. He explained that although he didn't think the bolt was weakened by cutting that groove, he felt there was a possibility that the shavings that would be cut when inserting the bolt could possibly cause the bolt to bind when trying to be removed in the future.
          I'm sure your trick works well, though it obviously weakens a bolt when you cut away some of its material.
          And we must remember that what is accepted and thought of as "up to Code" in any industry, does not always mean safe.
          My point is, I'm never short of amazed at how many things my Pops knew and taught me. And I am sure there are many people who if they listened, could learn a lot from their fathers or father figures. I believe there is much being lost in this age of information. For some reason kids think they know more than their parents or grandparents. The truth is, I think my pops forgot more information than I will ever know.
          I'm glad that I was smart enough to know to listen closely when my Pops was bestowing his wisdom on me.
          He often times said that the info was "free therefore worthless". To me (Pops's free info/advice =PRICELESS!!)
          Love and miss you Pops. R.I.P.
          And thank you for bringing back some very fond memories.

          • Heavens to Murgatroyd
            Heavens to Murgatroyd  4 days back

            I often remember what my dear old dad would say to me, often, STFU!

            • Hunter Grimes
              Hunter Grimes  7 days back

              The bolt is now weaker...but you can buy tappered bolts or just grind the tip of the bolt down to a point on a bench grinder and it will do the same thing

              • Zach Wyman
                Zach Wyman  1 weeks back

                Good luck everybody else

                • Mini Busa
                  Mini Busa  1 weeks back

                  Cheers for the tip..I like it.

                  • Srsly Brah
                    Srsly Brah  1 weeks back

                    I never had a father. So this video helped me out heaps. Thanks!

                    • Japz mechanics
                      Japz mechanics  1 weeks back

                      The best... thumbs up 👍

                      • Wilhelm Hesse
                        Wilhelm Hesse  1 weeks back

                        Grand pa was a genius!

                        • RollinRat
                          RollinRat  2 weeks back

                          Using a hacksaw is a good trick in the middle of nowhere, But You dont even need to slit all the way thru. I use a Dremel with a cut off disc and ‘ angle in’ my grooves for a sharper cutting edge like the flutes on taps.

                          • GAR mind DFKutulas
                            GAR mind DFKutulas  2 weeks back

                            Out standing

                            • Amador Bullies
                              Amador Bullies  2 weeks back

                              Check out my Bullies

                              • Lenny D.
                                Lenny D.  2 weeks back

                                This video commentary reminds me of my ex wife.

                                • badboybarber1
                                  badboybarber1  2 weeks back

                                  That’s a clever trick , thanks for the info.

                                  • Steve Phillips
                                    Steve Phillips  2 weeks back

                                    Cowboy bodger.

                                    • Billy Rutledge
                                      Billy Rutledge  2 weeks back

                                      Ah very good grasshopper

                                      • Sandy Yudhana
                                        Sandy Yudhana  2 weeks back

                                        Thank you.

                                        • A-a Ron
                                          A-a Ron  3 weeks back

                                          Yeah I wouldn’t suggest slicing a treaded bolt. Only because if it doesn’t take the tread up, it’s going to get messy. Filing the striped thread is safer....

                                          • Bryan Willib63
                                            Bryan Willib63  3 weeks back

                                            Thank you for that tip..

                                            • timothy chung
                                              timothy chung  3 weeks back

                                              You could always buy a spur and clean out the defects.

                                              • Raymond Noodels
                                                Raymond Noodels  3 weeks back

                                                Every time i get stuck..i go to my grandpas tools. Hes been gone for 10 years. My mom had someone change her tire...and they destroyed a lug nut. Even my boss at the dealership said it was a lost cause. So once i again i went to the tools he left me...and there it was..his giant 1' wrench. I hammered a socket on it and the angle was just enough...and also...this videos very helpful. Nice trick. Have to remember that.

                                                • Neil Johnson
                                                  Neil Johnson  3 weeks back

                                                  Nice tip! My dad also taught me how to repair just about anything or at least have a go. My kids are simply not interested!

                                                  • Boris Krestianinov
                                                    Boris Krestianinov  3 weeks back

                                                    Good job

                                                    • Stephen Mandracchia
                                                      Stephen Mandracchia  4 weeks back

                                                      Thank you . That is great information!!

                                                      • Francisco Suliva
                                                        Francisco Suliva  4 weeks back


                                                        • Stephen MacDonald
                                                          Stephen MacDonald  4 weeks back

                                                          I’ve never met a bolt that refused to cooperate. Lol

                                                          • Siddhesh Anaokar
                                                            Siddhesh Anaokar  4 weeks back

                                                            It's an amazing tip. Thank you.

                                                            • Pastmasterdan
                                                              Pastmasterdan  4 weeks back

                                                              I would put a nut on it so I can run it off after sawing and preserve the threads. Also, why not dap it?

                                                              • eric hansen
                                                                eric hansen  4 weeks back

                                                                Very good video

                                                                • Jerry Rodgers
                                                                  Jerry Rodgers  4 weeks back

                                                                  Very cool tip will pass it on

                                                                  • Don Wallace
                                                                    Don Wallace  4 weeks back

                                                                    Horses shite

                                                                    • Steve Coleman
                                                                      Steve Coleman  4 weeks back

                                                                      Very nice sir, thanks !

                                                                      • *IAC*
                                                                        *IAC*  1 months back

                                                                        One of those tricks to file away in the back of your mind !

                                                                        • Prashant Nagarkatti
                                                                          Prashant Nagarkatti  1 months back

                                                                          Great idea. Thank u sir. God bless.

                                                                          • graftedin3
                                                                            graftedin3  1 months back

                                                                            THANKS FOR THE GOOD TIP!

                                                                            • rick reed
                                                                              rick reed  1 months back

                                                                              That would be good if that was the only both in the world left but certainly you can get another bolt and take less time to do it also when he put the bolt in the vice it should have been in the center of the vice the way he did it basically ruins the vice and does not allow the jaws of device to line up Square in the future.

                                                                              • Haamish McGarry
                                                                                Haamish McGarry  1 months back

                                                                                1:38 ur welcome

                                                                                • Frikkie Oosthuizen
                                                                                  Frikkie Oosthuizen  1 months back

                                                                                  Good if y handy man or mechanic you should know and learn it uself if u farmer like me u should do anything u must be a dokter, mechanic, book keeper, lawyer etc..... Then you very fast learn uself these things... U can also make thread cutter by saw 4 slides on top of bolt etc...

                                                                                  • Wayne
                                                                                    Wayne  1 months back

                                                                                    Good. I figured that out when I was 20, working on my car. Thx for sharing.

                                                                                    • Alice Turner
                                                                                      Alice Turner  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Hacksaw blades stay sharp longer w/slow passes that reduces culprit:HEAT

                                                                                  • Mike K
                                                                                    Mike K  1 months back

                                                                                    Ok cool, but why not just replace the bolt with one with good threads? If the threads in hole are gummed up use a tap on a extension. Or if in a pinch grind down the length of bad bolt past the bad threads if not to many from end, grind a slight bevel to the end edge of the bolt to help it start. Also as another said, you can buy a harder grade bolt and grind a small notch into the one side of the end, then use this bolt as a self taper if threads in hole are bad. You can tell a hardened grade bolt by clock like dashes around the bolt head top surface, the more dashes, the harder the grade bolt.

                                                                                    • Indrid Cold
                                                                                      Indrid Cold  1 months back

                                                                                      I just did this with a bent alternator bracket blocking a tiny bit of a bolt hole. It worked great! Thank you very mich!

                                                                                      • Icynet coldweb
                                                                                        Icynet coldweb  1 months back

                                                                                        Don't this affect the strength of the bolt

                                                                                        • Dra Dikketrip
                                                                                          Dra Dikketrip  1 months back

                                                                                          Reminds me of my 2 vinger trick if They got tight...

                                                                                          Tighten up the bold real Quick

                                                                                          • Rod Fleming
                                                                                            Rod Fleming  1 months back

                                                                                            This works. If you have an ally head, it's no bad idea to break out the ceramic from a spark plug, cut it like that and just run it down the threads from time to time

                                                                                            • Screw Ball
                                                                                              Screw Ball  1 months back

                                                                                              That's just great ! Thank you !