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Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby drspiff » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:11 pm

While taking the Fast-Hitch loose from Blue Boy, I came across a need for a really long wrench to get additional leverage. I know that nobody around here would use a cheater bar or pipe because that would void the warranty and probably violate OSHA policy. But I still needed a really loooong wrench. My solution is the Slide On Lever, or SOL for short. The problem with a pipe is that they don't fit a wrench well and all the additional play makes control difficult. So here it is... The SOL

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Perhaps a picture of the SOL with a wrench might help.

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And here is the SOL in use.

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Yeah, the chrome piece to the right is the cheater bar for the cheater bar, er... SOL. The SOL is made out of a 18" piece of 1/2" gas pipe with piece of 3/4" rod welded on for the lug. The keeper is 3/32" strip bent to shape and welded on the end. This is not a tool I will use every day, but when I need a really long wrench, I'll know where to find it. BTW the paint is OSHA Safety Orange. Nothin' like staying with the spirit of OSHA.

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby awander » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:40 pm

Rick:

I hope the wrenches you use are at least Craftsman(so when they break you can get new ones!) :)

No kidding, I like the spirit of this-I bet most of us have done similar things.

Reminds me of a story that one of my Harley mechanics told me a few years ago-he was working on his first transmission, and couldn't get the sprocket nut off. He went to longer and longer pipes on the wrenches-until he had a 6 foot long piece of schedule 40 pipe slipped overthe wrench, and while he held things in place his wife jumped off the kitchen table onto the end of the pipe. Took about 6 jumps, until the 1+" diameter shaft finally snapped off. That's when they realized it was a left-handed thread! :)

Be safe! and good luck with Blue-Boy/
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby ricky racer » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:51 pm

I think I see a patent in the making!!!!!!! :{_}:
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby drspiff » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:56 pm

awander wrote:Rick:

I hope the wrenches you use are at least Craftsman(so when they break you can get new ones!) :)

No kidding, I like the spirit of this-I bet most of us have done similar things.

Reminds me of a story that one of my Harley mechanics told me a few years ago-he was working on his first transmission, and couldn't get the sprocket nut off. He went to longer and longer pipes on the wrenches-until he had a 6 foot long piece of schedule 40 pipe slipped overthe wrench, and while he held things in place his wife jumped off the kitchen table onto the end of the pipe. Took about 6 jumps, until the 1+" diameter shaft finally snapped off. That's when they realized it was a left-handed thread! :)

Be safe! and good luck with Blue-Boy/


I believe that is what we call experience... and a very funny story! Thanks for sharing your mechanic's story.

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Cecil » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:04 pm

I can see Billy Mays now. "YES ALL YOU NEED IS THIS ONE TOOL AND YOU WILL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF YOUR TOOLBOX. NO MORE LOOKING FOR A LONGER PIECE OF PIPE. NO MORE BUSTED NUCKLES. NEVER BE THROWN FROM THE GARAGE AGAIN FOR FOUL LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF THE KIDS. ALL THIS FOR ONLY 19.95. BUT WAIT. IF YOU ORDER IN THE NEXT 1/2 SECOND WE WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER ABSOLUTLY FREE."

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Jerry M » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:33 pm

LOL , very good Cecil. You sure you don't write his commercials ? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:42 pm

Cecil wrote:I can see Billy Mays now. "YES ALL YOU NEED IS THIS ONE TOOL AND YOU WILL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF YOUR TOOLBOX. NO MORE LOOKING FOR A LONGER PIECE OF PIPE. NO MORE BUSTED NUCKLES. NEVER BE THROWN FROM THE GARAGE AGAIN FOR FOUL LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF THE KIDS. ALL THIS FOR ONLY 19.95. BUT WAIT. IF YOU ORDER IN THE NEXT 1/2 SECOND WE WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER ABSOLUTLY FREE."


Cecil, you forgot, "JIUST PAY ADDITIONAL SHIPPING AND HANDLING" (12 bucks) Ed
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:43 pm

Cecil wrote:I can see Billy Mays now. "YES ALL YOU NEED IS THIS ONE TOOL AND YOU WILL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF YOUR TOOLBOX. NO MORE LOOKING FOR A LONGER PIECE OF PIPE. NO MORE BUSTED NUCKLES. NEVER BE THROWN FROM THE GARAGE AGAIN FOR FOUL LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF THE KIDS. ALL THIS FOR ONLY 19.95. BUT WAIT. IF YOU ORDER IN THE NEXT 1/2 SECOND WE WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER ABSOLUTLY FREE."


Cecil, you forgot, "JUST PAY ADDITIONAL SHIPPING AND HANDLING" (12 bucks) Ed
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Gary Boutwell » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:47 pm

Very Ingenious invention!

I have a copy in my file. Better get that patent before next week!

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Lurker Carl » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:51 pm

That's a terrific idea! It's good to see you back here, Rick, and showing us some of your inventions for making life easier!
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby 64/67lo-boy » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:22 pm

HeyRick

The bolt your wrench is on in the picture is the most stubornest one I have found yet on my cub. 3 foot breaker bar with six point impact socket with another 3 foot pipe on that and it broke loose.

Is that a cheeter bar on the end of that custom tool you have there?

Give me a leaver and I can move the world.

Looks like it works well. With custom tools like that, kind of makes me wish you were my neighbor. Lots of luck with the blue cub. (blue cub? is it an implement to some thing bigger?)
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:43 pm

Rick I like that extension but did you make one to put the nut/bolt back on or are you going to add the stud and U shape on the other side also. I think I will go to the shop in the morning and make one. My pipes are always to big or too small.

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:49 pm

Mike,

It appears to me that all you have to do is turn the extension over and use it on the other side of the wrench. If that is not right, I'm sure someone will correct me.

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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby VinceD » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:01 pm

Rick, that's a great solution to simple problem. :D :D
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Re: Have you ever needed a really long wrench?

Postby dgrapes59 » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:29 pm

Slick idea :big afro: You had better add the need to chock the wheels to keep the Cub from turning with it! :D
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