Make a Wing Bolt From a Plastic Bottle




Introduction: Make a Wing Bolt From a Plastic Bottle

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

More than once I needed a wing bolt, but I did not have one.

In this Instructable, I show you a trick how you can make a wing bolt from a bolt and a plastic bottle.

Step 1:

I cut off the bottle neck

Step 2:

I put the bolt in the vice and heated up the bottleneck with a heat-gun.

If you don't have a heat-gun, you can use an oven or a candle.

Step 3:

I used my hands and pliers to shape the wings.

Step 4:

Then I cut off the excess plastic

Step 5:

That's it! Our wing bolt is ready.

You might assume that the plastic will break, but actually it's very strong.

I could no break it with my hands.

Apart from making the wing nut, you can use this method to undo nuts and bolts in emergency situations.



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    37 Discussions

    Great idea. But I doubt that in an "emergency situation" I would have a heat gun or a rotary tool handy ;o)

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    A lighter should suffice and the rotary tool would only be needed for aesthetics, unless you are in a really tight situation, in which case this might not work anyways.
    Good points, but if in a true emergency, work with the tools you have available to get the job done.

    SHOULD or is there one or the other type of plastic bottle that is better plastic to use? I mean it seems to me that milk bottles are of a more pliable plastic but maybe not as long lasting, ie more susceptible to sunlight degeneration? Love the concept, needed a wing nut a couple of days ago and drove 3 miles to get one.

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    I don't think milk bottle plastic will work very well as it's very soft.
    In this Instructable I used a bottle from a sparkling water..... it's just like a like a coca-cola bottle.
    It works very well because it's very hard.
    I tried to use a cap from a juice carton, but it was too soft.

    I sort of thought as much, but sometimes my thinking is all wrong. I am finding half gallon milk bottles with the bottom part cut off at a slant great pet food scoops, easily replaced and I keep the caps on cause sometimes I can use also with cap removed as a funnel. Oh! made a wing nut out of a Pepsi bottle and I love it. Did it just so I would remember the exercise when I need it next time.

    "Did it just so I would remember the exercise when I need it next time."
    That is a great idea! I often read things like this but forget about it when the time comes, a practice run to cement it to memory would certainly help.

    Excellent instructable. This will definitely come in handy as I always try to reuse before I recycle and plastic bottles are a prime candidate.

    Excellent idea, this helped me in a pinch when I lost one for some prefab fruniture!

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    My exact need about a week ago that presented a trip to the hardware store when that was not convenient for one item.

    Thanks for leaving the comment.
    I do it all the time. Making journeys to the store and spending 1h of my time only to buy small item that I did not have in stock.
    That teaches me to stock up on things I might use, but you you never know what you'll need :)


    Nice idea!

    You could put a fender washer under the head and hold it there with a nut. Then when you formed the wings they wouldn't need to be trimmed below the bolt head.

    Thanks, Carl.