Thursday, September 4, 2014

How to Remove Aging Patio Cover - Part 3 of 6 - Removed Wood Beams Hexagonal Bolts

Claw Hammer
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Adjustable Crescent Wrench 8-inch
Gloves with rubber fingers
Hammer Claw
Metal punch 
Pipe wrench
Socket wrench 1/2-inch pry bar
Trash cans
Local recycle yard

A good friend hired my services to remove his aging patio cover in his backyard and he wanted to install a new garage kit.

This post shows ten steps on how to remove 10-inch bolts from the wooden beams. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the tools needed to remove six 10-inch bolts. Pipe wrench and crescent wrench will be needed to pry the rusted nuts from the bolts. These bolts have been securing the patio cover to the metal pipes for over thirty years.
Fig.1 Crescent and  
pipe wrench
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the bolt drilled through the 4 by 8 wood beam.
Fig.2 Bolts that need 
to be removed

Step 3: Fig.3 shows the crescent wrench being used on the left in combination with a 1/2 inch socket wrench pry bar. Noticed the handyman wore gloves to protect his hands from wood splinters and rust metal chards from metal posts.

Fig.3 First bolt 
to be removed
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the crescent wrench in vertical position removing the nut from the bolt.
Fig.4 Pipe wrench
on bolt
Step 5: Fig.5 shows a crescent wrench in the horizontal position removing the nut.
Fig.5 Crescent 
wrench on nut

Step 6: Fig.6 shows the nut has been removed and fig.7 shows a claw hammer hitting the metal punch against the end of the bolt to push it out of the wood beam.
Fig.6 Nut is gone
Fig.7 Metal punch hammered 
bolt out of the slot
Step 7: Fig.8 shows the bolt being pushed out by the screwdriver and now can be removed.
Fig.8 bolt coming out
Step 8: Fig.9 shows the wood beam being released from the metal framework. Fig.10 shows the wood beam is removed from its base.
Fig.9 bolt removed 
and beam pulled out
Fig.10 Wood beam removed
Step 9: Fig.11 shows the removed wood beam now laying on cement patio.
Fig.11 Wood beam 
ready to be cut

Step 10: Fig.12 shows the wood support removed ready for disposal. All the metal bolts, washers and nuts were sold at a local recycle shop.
Fig.12 wood beam 
ready for disposal

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