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    How to install a nutsert without using the tooling

    A nutsert works on the same principal as a pop rivet.



    The base of the nutsert under the panel your putting it in expands under pressure and locks it to the object.

    Nutserts are great to use because they have a thread inside to bolt things to without needing to get underneath the object and try to hold a nut on, etc.

    Perfect for fixing things to vehicle such as snorkels, etc because you don't have to remove the trim inside the A pillar or try to get in underneath the engine bay, etc.

    This isn't the funnest job in the world and can take some time but if your doing half a dozen nutserts then this method works without buying special tooling.

    Based on a 10mm nutsert.

    1. Drill your 10mm hole into the object to nutsert to.
    2. Using a 10mm bolt, screw a nut on the thread of the bolt followed by a washer hand screw the bolt through the middle of the nutsert threads until it comes out the other side.
    3. Put the nutert with the bolt screwed in, into the hole.
    4. Using vise grips or a spanner hold the top of the bolt head.
    5. Using a spanner start to tighten the nut (clockwise direction) This pulls the nutsert up and expands the nutsert which will hug underneath the panel and lock it in......When it gets extremely hard to rotate the nut then thats it.
    See below for rough diagram...
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    These thing leave a nice finish & I could go spastic with a box of them.....lolol

    Thanks AB bloody good post.

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    Forgot to mention...

    On the outside of the nutsert there are grooves which are suppose to bite into the metal and to stop it from spinning.

    Sometimes the nutsert can spin when you are trying to do the nut up on the bolt which makes me angry...lol

    If this happens then you need to stop it from spinning whilst you do the nut up so try doing the following.

    1. Hold the bolt on an angle to try and force it to lock in to the side of the panel
    2. Take the nustert and bolt out....Hold the bottom edge of the nutsert with visegrips and do a few rotations to expand the nutsert a little bit and try again...This will make the nutsert a wee bit bigger and should bite in better....You may have to hammer the nutsert back into the hole again too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AB View Post
    Forgot to mention...

    On the outside of the nutsert there are grooves which are suppose to bite into the metal and to stop it from spinning.

    Sometimes the nutsert can spin when you are trying to do the nut up on the bolt which makes me angry...lol

    If this happens then you need to stop it from spinning whilst you do the nut up so try doing the following.

    1. Hold the bolt on an angle to try and force it to lock in to the side of the panel
    2. Take the nustert and bolt out....Hold the bottom edge of the nutsert with visegrips and do a few rotations to expand the nutsert a little bit and try again...This will make the nutsert a wee bit bigger and should bite in better....You may have to hammer the nutsert back into the hole again too.
    You might also try using 2 washers with a dab of grease in between them to give it a slip point.......... Don't know if it would work but worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patch697 View Post
    You might also try using 2 washers with a dab of grease in between them to give it a slip point.......... Don't know if it would work but worth a try.
    Yes mate that would work on ensuring the bolt can pull up but I was referring to the actual nutsert spinning inside the substrate you are trying to lock it in to.

    They sometimes spin whilst your are trying to force the bolt up when spinning the nut so you may have to reef the bolt to one side or take it out and expand it a bit and ram it back in to the hole and start again.

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    Wow...what a neat little beauty.
    Thanks for sharing mate
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    and are these nutserts at the local hardware or bunnings ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roofy View Post
    and are these nutserts at the local hardware or bunnings ?
    No Bunnings will not supply them...I highly doubht it anyway.

    I would be going to a proper nuts and bolts company, maybe Mitre 10 but doubht it also.

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    Don't forget to get velcro, foam or some kind of padding between the car and the bracket too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AB View Post
    Don't forget to get velcro, foam or some kind of padding between the car and the bracket too.
    thanks mate will do

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