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Old 03-12-2003, 01:03 PM
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Vise-grips would be my first attempt. They even make ones with 'v-shaped' jaws that are particularly good for this purpose. The needle-nose ones are good for tight access.

Sometimes you can drive a tight-fitting 12 point socket on a stripped head and get some bite. Sears and others sell a set of sockets that have essentially left handed 'threads' inside just for this purpose, though I have not tried them yet.

You can also use a Dremel or a file to grind 2 sides flat on the head to receive a wrench, or a slot in the middle to receive a flat-headed screwdriver.

Larger bolts can sometimes be removed with a chisel (use chisel to 'dig' a slot on the side of the head, then change angle to force rotation)

Best of luck.
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