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Thread Repair Kit That Solves All Damaged Threads

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For DIY projects, using the right thread repair kit can get you the right momentum. Although there are numerous tools you can use, by using a versatile kit, you can spend more time perfecting your project. Versatile kits often serve a variety of applications and can be used with your other handy tools. The right tool also has to provide you with ergonomics and efficiency.

If you also want to prolong an equipment or perform a restoration project, keeping your equipment’s nuts and bolts checked is inevitable. So, using the right tools for your nuts and bolts is worth investing in. 

Threads are some of the most important design aspects and parts of bolts and nuts. Imagine how bolts and nuts lock together–there has to be the right tension and compression between the two parts for it to lock. This lock in turn, makes your equipment safer, stronger, and more reliable. 

Damaged Thread

In time, the threads need to get repaired as well. The friction which keeps it locked also causes corrosion over time. The thread bolt might get damaged for many different reasons. Some of the reasons are the following:

  • Wrong Installation (Either too quickly, or while load is in place)
  • Adverse environmental conditions
  • Not using lubricants
  • Using wrong thread pitch
  • Rusting and corrosion
  • Pulling out the bolt incorrectly or using excessive force
  • Wear and tear
  • Materials such as aluminum welding together due to pressure
  • Dirty thread

Take note that after preventive maintenance or restoration not to perform the above-mentioned mistakes, too. This would ensure that your repair or restoration work is successful.

Thread galling is also one of the aspects to look into, which signals that your thread bolt or the internal thread should be repaired. Notably, any metal such as stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium are more prone to galling. Galling happens when two metals end up fusing together due to friction. 

So which tools and kits are your options? Below are some of the examples. 

Thread Repair Tools

We’ve written about how you can repair your threads with 5 common thread repair tools in this article. Below are the 5 tools you have as your options:

  • Thread Files
  • Taps and Dies
  • Thread Plows
  • Helicoils 
  • Rotary Thread

We’ve covered in detail the pros and cons of the above tools for you to consider. As mentioned, the most versatile tool gives you the advantage of efficiency and ergonomics. Furthermore, it has to be simple and easy to use. 

Most of the above tools are used either for outer or inner threads only, with the exception of Rotary Thread. 

On top of that, we’re a big fan of helping you solve problems the creative way, too. Check some DIY projects you can inspect and see versatile Rotary thread applications..

You may check Rotary Thread kits here to see your options. 

Thread Repair Kits

Though you may want to spare yourself the cost of buying an entire kit, some repair jobs may need a kit. 

One of the most common thread repair kits you might find online is the Helicoil. We discussed it in this article, but it’s also worth taking a closer look. 

Dinged Thread

After buying the set, you would find in the kit all the tools you need to install the Helicoil–the tap, drill bit, Heli-Coil thread insert, and the thread insertion tool which serves as your wrench. The tools are appropriate only for a specific size of the bolt. With many different bolt sizes to repair, you would need a separate kit for each one.

For starters, this kind of process is a straightforward step by step which works for inner thread or female thread only. 

Steps to follow:

  1. Look for the appropriate Heli-Coil size for the bolt before purchasing
  2. Use the drill bit to adjust the size of the hole
  3. Use the tap to create and smoothen the ridges
  4. Insert the thread insert using the wrench

Some of the restoration projects that you want to perform might benefit from the use of Helicoil thread repair kit. However, note that this process is also a bit technical. It might seem easy at first, but it actually takes skill. Steps three and four are easy to make a mistake on, so watch out and make sure to be precise. Rework might not be possible because once you’re done with tapping, you can’t undo the threads.

In comparison, using the Rotary thread is simpler. There are two reasons for this.

  1. If you need to fix the bolt thread as well, you got that covered using Rotary thread.
  2. The cost is lesser. You can use your Rotary thread together with your power tool and for different sizes, saving you money. 

As emphasized, versatility is key in helping you with your projects–and it costs you less too. 

Repairing Thread Bolts

Repairing thread bolts can be as easy as three steps using the Rotary Thread Repair set. Make sure to have a good, working Dremel and some tapping fluid. Any non-flammable mineral spirit will also work. 

Steps to follow:

  1. Using light tool pressure, start in the good thread
  2. Move into damaged thread
  3. Repeat as needed

These steps can be applied for repairing internal threads of nuts or holes, as well. The more versatile the thread repair kit, the more you can do with less steps. 

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