WRENCHES!!!!

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DianneB
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WRENCHES!!!!

Post by DianneB » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:44 pm

I have a very broad collection of spanners under 1/2", both imperial and metric - probably 40 different wrenches in all kinds of oddball sizes - but whenever I am working on my locomotive (1960s vintage) I never seem to have the right size for this nut or that union or whatever-other-thing I am trying to tighten or loosen! :x In pipe unions, I have about 3 different hex sizes all for 1/4" tube and not a single wrench that fit the body of the union!

Where can I get a set of spanners from 0 to 3/8" in 128th intervals???? :evil:

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by James Powell » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:02 pm

I don't know where you'd get Open Ended wrenches like that- but a FAFA (adjustable...) works OK usually. It's not uncommon to find brass fittings from the UK in BA sizes, but for 1/4" tube I'd be expecting to find 3/8 hex or 7/16th... (mostly 7/16th, myself, because that's what Swage uses on B400 fittings...) Anyway, enjoy the "fun" of the hobby ( ? ) :)

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by Rick » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:51 pm

If you have extra wrenches why don't you modify( open up) some of the ones that are a bit to small to fit what you need?
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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by timmy wheeler » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:21 pm

Check out Keith Appleton on You Tube.....he has been using some wrenches made by Blackgates Engineering in the UK. I think they are laser cut stainless steel, and they are deigned specifically to work on model engineer size nuts and fittings. I seem to remember they are made both Metric and Imperial.
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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by NP317 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:30 pm

I have a mini adjustable wrench, designed as a key-chain ditty.
But it works!! 'Looks good on the loco cab, too.

https://www.amazon.com/2-5-Inch-Adjusta ... ench&psc=1

There are several different ones available.
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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by John Hasler » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:44 pm

NP317 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:30 pm
I have a mini adjustable wrench, designed as a key-chain ditty.
But it works!! 'Looks good on the loco cab, too.

https://www.amazon.com/2-5-Inch-Adjusta ... ench&psc=1

There are several different ones available.
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I have a similar wrench that was sold for installing and removing studs in horse shoes. The name of a long-defunct horse shoe manufacturer is cast into the handle.

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by Greg_Lewis » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:51 pm

John Hasler wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:44 pm

...

I have a similar wrench that was sold for installing and removing studs in horse shoes. The name of a long-defunct horse shoe manufacturer is cast into the handle.
Isn't there one out there that says "Vise Grips" on the handle? :wink: :lol:
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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by 10KPete » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:34 pm

John Hasler wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:44 pm
NP317 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:30 pm
I have a mini adjustable wrench, designed as a key-chain ditty.
But it works!! 'Looks good on the loco cab, too.

https://www.amazon.com/2-5-Inch-Adjusta ... ench&psc=1

There are several different ones available.
~RN
I have a similar wrench that was sold for installing and removing studs in horse shoes. The name of a long-defunct horse shoe manufacturer is cast into the handle.
Diamond Caulk Horseshoe Company??? Could be.....

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by John Hasler » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:27 am

10KPete wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:34 pm
John Hasler wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:44 pm
NP317 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:30 pm
I have a mini adjustable wrench, designed as a key-chain ditty.
But it works!! 'Looks good on the loco cab, too.

https://www.amazon.com/2-5-Inch-Adjusta ... ench&psc=1

There are several different ones available.
~RN
I have a similar wrench that was sold for installing and removing studs in horse shoes. The name of a long-defunct horse shoe manufacturer is cast into the handle.
Diamond Caulk Horseshoe Company??? Could be.....

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Diamond Calk Horse Shoe Co Duluth Minn U. S. A.

It's 4 in, though, so not as tiny as those being discussed above.

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by cbrew » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:30 am

https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-9-4231 ... wrench+set
https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-Standa ... wrench+set

I also have a mini channel lock that really works out nice when assembling piping. but i can not remember where i pick it up.
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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by DianneB » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:44 am

Rick wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:51 pm
If you have extra wrenches why don't you modify( open up) some of the ones that are a bit to small to fit what you need?
I have made a lot of wrenches, some to fit odd sized nuts/fittings and others with strangely shaped handles or heads for "hard to get at" fittings. I am beginning to think it would be worth making a grinding fixture so I can cut any size jaw square and parallel easily!

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Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Post by Chris Hollands » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:23 pm

You can get what are called ignition wrenches / spanners from various companies - Proto , Snap on and Im sure many other suppliers .

The sizing is by 32 and 64 ths from memory , they have one end straight and the other end is 45 degrees pretty handy .

This is just one of many sets you can get from Proto , various sizes etc .

Seeing you live in Canada look at Canadian Tire or Princess auto for cheaper versions .
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