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  1. Quick and Easy Backer for Punching Gaskets, etc.

    I scored a couple rolls of gasket material at a 2nd Hand Store a couple years back, at it serves me well.

    When I pulled my Case 444 out of hibernation last week, I discovered there wasn't a gasket between the carburetor and the air cleaner plate.

    I pulled out a gasket punch and a pair of curved scissor that are just the Cat's Meow for cutting large holes, curves, etc. and went to work.

    While trying to once again decide what to use for a backer, the thought occurred to use the face of a dead blow hammer.

    Yes, you'll get little circular cuts in your hammer, but all of my hammers are well used, so a few more cuts won't matter.

    I grabbed my 1 1/2 lb hammer and put it in a vise. I placed the gasket material on the face of the hammer, and used my round punch and a small hammer to cut out the screw mounting holes....

    Worked like a charm!! I got nice, cleanly cut holes, and the hammer doesn't appear any the worse for the wear.

    Hope this helps,


    • May 09, 2015 11:47 PM
    • by Utah Smitty