4 ways you can remove an Allen bolt without an Allen key

4 ways you can remove an Allen bolt without an Allen key

So you're in the middle of a project and you realise you don't have an Allen key to remove that stubborn bolt. Don't worry, here are some creative ways to tackle this problem without breaking a sweat. Disclaimer if you use something that's not designed for its intended purpose then both the tool and workpiece (and sometimes the user) could become damaged, so consider using a suitable key set first. 

Use a Torx Screwdriver

Believe it or not, a Torx screwdriver can sometimes fit into an Allen bolt. The shape of the Torx head might just be the right fit to turn the bolt and get it out. Give it a try!

Grab a Flathead Screwdriver

If you don't have a Torx screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver can also come to the rescue. Place the flathead screwdriver into one of the corners of the Allen bolt and try to turn it. It might just catch and do the trick.

Use a Small Adjustable Wrench

If you have a small adjustable wrench handy, you can try using that to grip the sides of the Allen bolt and turn it. It might take a bit of finesse, but it's worth a shot if you're in a pinch.

Try a Pair of Pliers

Grab a pair of pliers and see if you can grip the head of the Allen bolt firmly. Slowly turn the pliers to see if you can loosen the bolt. This method might require a bit more patience, but it can work in a pinch.

Next time you find yourself without an Allen key, don't panic. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can still tackle that bolt and get back to your project in no time. Remember, where there's a will, there's a way! But if you prefer not to be caught short or run the risk of damage, or injury, then consider investing in a proper Hex Key or Torx Key Set

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