I have an adjustable wrench that is stuck on a bolt I was tightening. normally there's a thumb piece where you can adjust the length of the wrench, however, when i tightened it in order to tighten the bolt It got stuck and now I cannot get it out, and I don't want to force it out (because that will strip the threads on the bolt).

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    Wiggle it back and forth while you try to loosen the adjusting screw to see if that works it loose enough. Otherwise if it's against a flat surface, wiggle it while using a screwdriver to pry it off the bolt head... or use a hammer to lightly tap it to slide it off the fastener.
    – Johnny
    Dec 9 '16 at 19:48
  • Im sort of on the gentle aggressive side so +1 on the lightly tap with hammer :) Dec 9 '16 at 19:55
  • @Johnny Thank you, but the hammer trick did not work because the hammer cannot reach the tip of the wrench (because it is hidden behind a gear (I'm fixing a bike))
    – yuritsuki
    Dec 9 '16 at 20:01
  • If you have a can of Dustoff (or similar) you could turn it upside down and squirt it on the bolt. This may cause it to contract enough to wiggle the wrench loose. You would probably need to spray the bolt for a few seconds, but when the difluoromethane (or is it ...ethane?) evaporates, it's very cold. Avoid getting this on your hands.
    – BillDOe
    Dec 9 '16 at 21:16
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    Can you post a picture? If it's the classic type with the thumb wheel, can you get a the tip of a long screwdriver firmly against the notches on that wheel? You need to be on the side where sipnning it towards the bolt will loosen it. Once you have it in place, tap the end with a hammer to spin the cylinder. You probably don't need to move it much.
    – JimmyJames
    Dec 9 '16 at 21:18

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