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#1 posted 12-19-2018 02:54 AM

I wish I had an instant fix on cutting the stuck bolts out, but this is probably one of those situations where the best scenario is to suck it up and move on. If the bolt and nut are truly stuck (and I believe that they are), then you have few options. I cannot imagine the amount of time, materials, finesse, etc. that it would take to cut through a stainless steel nut deep down in a hole with a Dremel tool, or any other tool for that matter, without damaging the stretcher. About all I can imagine is driving some wedges (some sort of metal perhaps?) into the hole to trap the nut and then trying brute force to remove the bolt. It sounds like you have already tried things like that.

New stretchers, some new hardware and you are good to go!

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