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    Rounded Out Cleat Bolt

    Seem I've rounded out the hex bolt on one of my ATAC cleat bolts. Anyone got any idea how to get it out again?
    They might have all the watches but ive got the time

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    Search function revealed. Rounded out hex screw
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    I won't be so ignorant as to just tell you to search

    Several options. You can use a dremel with a cutoff wheel to cut a slot in the top and use a screwdriver. Or if they're countersunk bolts, you can drill out the top of it, the head should pop off, which will allow you to remove the cleat then use pliers to remove the rest of the bolt. Use a drill bit just a touch larger than the diameter of the threaded portion of the bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    Several options. You can use a dremel with a cutoff wheel to cut a slot in the top and use a screwdriver. Or if they're countersunk bolts, you can drill out the top of it, the head should pop off, which will allow you to remove the cleat then use pliers to remove the rest of the bolt. Use a drill bit just a touch larger than the diameter of the threaded portion of the bolt.
    You left off the easiest one - try a brand new allen wrench. That'll work more often than you'd think. Then throw your old, worn allen wrench away because it's only going to round out more screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You left off the easiest one - try a brand new allen wrench. That'll work more often than you'd think. Then throw your old, worn allen wrench away because it's only going to round out more screws.

    I'm assuming that when the OP said it was rounded out, it was rounded out

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    I'm assuming that when the OP said it was rounded out, it was rounded out
    I am too.

    The new allen wrench trick won't work all the time but it's cheap and easy and it works enough of the time that it's always my first shot. Makes it less tempting to keep using the old rounded allen wrenches that are the source of the problem too.

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