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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 07:59 PM

I've been re wiring my tractor & needed a couple of clamps. It's been raining hard all day. I had my ipod playing bluegrass, plenty of coffee, & things were going great so I didn't want to leave the garage. This is what I came up with.


I cut a piece of plumbers strap 3 3/8" long & a piece of 1/2" diameter heat shrink tubing 1 3/4" long. Most of this strap is cut the same but you may have to make a few adjustments in the length. I also drilled out the 4th large hole a 1/4" with a step drill. This will meet up with the top hole for the bolt. Make a 90 degree bend between the top large hole & the small hole as indicated.



Slide the tubing as shown.



Hold the top bend area against a 1/2" rod or what ever you have then wrap tightly around the rod. If all goes well the two 1/4" holes should line up. Once this is done shrink the tubing. I rounded off the corners to give it a professional look  :D



The first clamp I used I needed it where an engine shroud bolt was very hard to put in earlier because of lining up the sheet metal. I didn't want to back it all the way out so I clipped off the area between the holes so I could just slide it into place. Hope this comes in handy for someone & thanks for looking.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 08:03 PM

Well aren't you the ingenious one today  :thumbs:

Looks great.


I used the shrink wrap on a battery hold down clamp to insulate it, I love that stuff.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 08:05 PM

Great idea...use what you have handy!!

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 08:17 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 09:15 PM

Great work, Jim. 


See what good listening to bluegrass does for you, all you rock fans? 


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 09:29 PM


You the man. Nice work.
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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:58 PM

Nothing works like a "P" clamp!

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 04:27 AM

great idea, wonder if there should be a section for DIY ideas, tools and tricks

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Sorry, I'ld be over to ACE not 1/2 mile away and good selection and back. More time for something else then. These little things take to much time for the effort anymore. AND, I wouldn't have had all that parts around to do it anyway and STILL need to go to Ace to get that and all at a cost way more than just buying the thing finished.  By the way......Those are neatly made!  And, I listen to Jazz and Blues or NPR in my shop. Just my waste of bandwidth for today, seeya!

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 08:56 PM

Nice work, Jim! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted January 05, 2015 - 11:01 AM

That really is a great idea Jim! That is using your knogen for something besides a hat rack. Not only if you need one in a pinch but if you need a custom size. 



great idea, wonder if there should be a section for DIY ideas, tools and tricks


That is a pretty good idea. :thumbs:

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Posted January 07, 2015 - 12:55 AM

Great idea,thanks for the tip.I got a shoe box of them adell clamps but I never got the right size,thanks again.