: Probably a case of the wrong tools. I think you would need a tools which is called "Durchschläger" in German (can't find an English translation). It is a punching tool with a flat tip. But you are quite well off. I know a roller skater who ruining his threads by forcefully putting metric nuts on them.
Well, I know theres this one tool that extracts them, given they arent fixed that is, but I think that costs around $200-$400! So its a touch over budget lol.
: You seem to be quite full of ideas and resources. Maybe you could write up your experience some day for inclusion in the how-to pages.
Sure will do! The more info thats out there, the better!! :-D
: The wheels will help. But nothing can replace exercise and technique ...
I really agree on this one! Thats why I'm trying to go short bits practically daily.
The artistic skaters I know, play HUGE importance on equipment, really expensive stuff too. Some of them even practice in $100 dresses lol. For outdoors, a well fitting boot and appropriate wheels seem to be the most important because those can really mess you up. Least its not $800 plates. :-O