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Ball driver Allen wrench ball broke off in bolt head

If you ever break off the ball end of a ball driver allen wrench:

1. With a scribe, dental tool, or small punch try to free ball so it is loose in the bolt head.
2. Try a magnet. If this doesn't work........
3. With compressed air, shoot air directly at ball with air nozzle.

The air gets behind ball and it pops right out if the ball is free enough.



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