A quick tip for cutting a bolt.

How to cut a bolt
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I was working on a project where I needed to use bolts. The bolts I had in my supplies were about 1/2″ longer than what I needed. There is an easy way to cut a bolt. 

Is the bolt too long? Here is a quick tip.

There has been shortages of hardware and plumbing supplies due to the Covid Lockdowns. I found myself in the middle of a project and needed bolts about a half inch shorter than what I had.

I could make a run to the local hardware store, but they have gaps in their stock. I might not have been able to get the bolts I needed.

There is a simple trick for cutting bolts. Thread a nut past where you want to cut. When you remove the nut, it usually cleans the threads up neatly.

  • Secure the nut and bolt in a vise. Don’t overtighten to the point where you deform the nut.
  • Cut the bolt with a hacksaw or cutting tool. NOTE – The bolt will probably be warm or hot after cutting
  • You can bevel the end of the nut with a file but that isn’t usually necessary
  • Remove the nut. You might need wrenches or pliers. Check to make sure it threads back on easily.
  • You are ready to go.
  • Note: If you are using galvanized bolts, bare metal will be exposed. That could lead to corrosion or rust although rust at the end should not cause significant problems.

Summary

This can save a lot of aggravation when you need a shorter bolt and don’t want to run to the store or wait for an online order to be delivered.

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