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Old 11-04-2017, 07:15   #1
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Best way to open and remove thimble

The steel thimbles are narrowed around the swivel. Any idea how to open them up so they can be removed? Thanks
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Re: Best way to open and remove thimble

I've always just used a big screwdriver. They're not that stiff.
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The steel thimbles are narrowed around the swivel. Any idea how to open them up so they can be removed? Thanks
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Try using same technique as is used to properly open an eyebolt.

Twist the legs of the thimble apart sideways rather than trying to pry the thimble open. Use a bench vice and vice grips or an adjustable wrench for big thimbles. If it is small one a couple of wrenches will usually do.

Twist the legs back together to close it. Will not distort the eye shape and allows you to maintain a tight fit where the ends meet.

Prying open then bashing closed with a hammer might get the job done but doing the job the right way requires less effort an produces better results.
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