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Old 13-11-2020, 16:03   #61
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Agree. Even better, ONCE I saw a Demolition/Wrecking Screwdriver. It was a Big Ass Screwdriver but with a solid shank, like a chisel. I did not buy it but will if I ever see one again.

If you search "small pry bar", "spud wrench", and "alignment punch" you will find tools made for this. A spud wrench is one of my favorites, perfect for groups of match-drilled holes.
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Some very good posts here.

I found out the had way that Caterpillar uses some bolts with 12 point heads.(Typically on the starter mount bolts, but also elsewhere). Most socket sets at Lowes, Home Depot, and Harbor Freight have only 6 point sockets. I guess they are cheaper to make. I ended up hiking to a Napa store to find a 9/16 12 point socket so I could remove a starter and clean the solenoid contacts.
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https://www.wihatools.com/screwdrive...ps-5-piece-set
These things. I gave my dad a set. They are meant to be hit with a hammer. And even have a hex so you can put a wrench on them.
Not light weight. But.
And for annoying bolts my favorites are the bolts for Conflat High Vacuum Flanges.
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https://www.wihatools.com/screwdrive...ps-5-piece-set
These things. I gave my dad a set. They are meant to be hit with a hammer. And even have a hex so you can put a wrench on them.
Not light weight. But.
And for annoying bolts my favorites are the bolts for Conflat High Vacuum Flanges.
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If I bought those, they'd be at home in my shop... Too nice for my boat
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The long "grab-it" tool I use to fish things out of the bildge.

This one has a light too. https://www.homedepot.com/p/General-...0399/309489893
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More measurement tools:
  • Multimeter with clamp-on ammeter.
  • Moisture meter.
  • Ultrasonic thickness tester.
  • Gram balance for measuring epoxy etc.
  • Scale/load cell for measuring large forces.
  • Torque wrench. Don't think I saw that listed.
  • Refractometer for AF and acid.
I have more, but those are related to maintenance or repairs.


Also:
  • Cafeteria tray or similar for drips and holding small parts.
  • Many tools related to painting and sealing.
  • Punches.
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I heartily second the torque wrench, refractometer, and clamp on meter.
And I think I might break down and replace my old triple beam balance with an electronic one.
Any suggestions for brand or model?
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And sometimes you just need a big adjustable wrench. And a pipe to put on the end of the handle.
I’ve been abusing this thing since the 1980s.
Car suspension work. Propane tanks fittings pre POL.
It’s never as good as the right tool but is always better than no tool.
And no, it’s not got enough jaw width for the stuffing box nuts. Darn.
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Agree. Even better, ONCE I saw a Demolition/Wrecking Screwdriver. It was a Big Ass Screwdriver but with a solid shank, like a chisel. I did not buy it but will if I ever see one again.
My Big Ass Screwdriver, which regretably I dont have a pic of, is an old Craftsan brand. The square shank goes all the way thru the handle. Ive had since I was a kid. I just turned 60, so it is over 40 years old. Its been used and abused a lot, but is still solid.
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I heartily second the torque wrench, refractometer, and clamp on meter.
And I think I might break down and replace my old triple beam balance with an electronic one.
Any suggestions for brand or model?

I bought an HRB303 about 5 years ago, and I've used it for lot of lab work. It's not on the same level as Denver or Oaus, but it's 0.0001 gram with OK repeatability and calibration. At that level, much of accuracy comes down to a good table. ~ $350



https://www.amazon.com/HRB303-Resolu...648261&sr=8-10


But for weighing epoxy, there are tons of good gram balances for <$25. I use a cheap kitchen balance in the field for that. Faster and more accurate than a pump IMO, and you aren't limited by capacity, high or low. No wondering if that was a full pump stroke.
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