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#1 Alberta Bolens OFFLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2020 - 10:08 PM

This weekend while working on my 425 I had to start a nut in a place I can't get my pudgy little fingers. After struggling trying to get the nut to stay in the box end wrench while I tried to start the bolt. The light bulb came on. I used a piece of plastic wrapped over the nut to keep it tight in the box end. Of course don't cover side of the nut you want the bolt to go into. It keeps nut in place, once bolt is started you can still get wrench off.

I've have used silicone = messy. Magnets not always strong enough amongst various other methods. The plastic worked well
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Posted June 30, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Paper also works as well as plastic in either the box end or open-end of a wrench. 


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 07:17 AM

Popular Science showed putting a piece of  masking tape over the back of the wrench to hold the nut. It has worked for me for over 53 years. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 07:36 AM

I use the masking tape or duct tape method.  Some times a piece of flat toothpick to wedge the nut to the box wrench.


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 08:11 AM

Popular Science showed putting a piece of  masking tape over the back of the wrench to hold the nut. It has worked for me for over 53 years. Good Luck, Rick

Works for me as well.


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 08:43 AM

How about supergluing the nut to the tip of your finger?


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 09:22 AM

How about supergluing the nut to the tip of your finger?

   I have used double sided tape. Don.t often have it on hand though.

  Don


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 04:01 PM

How about supergluing the nut to the tip of your finger?

Not sure I want my finger in that hole all the time.


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Posted July 01, 2020 - 09:11 PM

Oh never thought of using duct tape.

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Posted July 02, 2020 - 04:46 PM

Sometimes a piece of mechanics wire wrapped around the body of an open end wrench and then formed to go up one side of the nut and catch over the top of the hex where the wrench is open will hold the nut in place but still allow some wiggle room to start the nut onto a bolt thread as well in a situation where you can turn the bolt but not the nut because of space restrictions. 



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Posted November 14, 2020 - 08:12 PM

This is an old thread but I'll toss in another trick I had to use recently.  While replacing the metal roof panels on my garden shed I had to start a nut on a small bolt that sits right above a roof beam.  Not enough  room for fingers or pliers to start the nut at all. 

 

So, I had to get creative and was successful by putting the nut on the end of a screwdriver with a magnetic tip.  Holding the tip of the screwdriver against the end of the bolt I was able to spin the nut with just the tip of my finger until it would catch a thread .

 

Once started, I could continue spinning the nut with my finger tip until it was on solid.  To finish I had to put a small pliers on the nut, tape the pliers against the panel and go back up top and turn the bolt tight from above.

 

Ended up doing dozens of them that way.


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Posted November 18, 2020 - 07:07 PM

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Posted November 19, 2020 - 07:53 AM

I have an Ingersoll snow blower. It n't has a chute that is held in place by three clips. One of them is directly in front facing the up turned front of the shroud. Stupid idea! It was almost impossible to get a rachet with a 1/2" socket on. No, a wrench didn't fit. A socket was too short. A deep well, too long. Hmmm . . .     I ended up putting a 1/4" socket on an adapter to a 3/8 wrench. Perfect!


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