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Harbor Freight tools thread.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Markcal, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Apr 27, 2020 at 11:31 AM
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    Choco_Taco

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    Actually, I’m trying to restore a Rubberset 400 shaving brush, which is a thin aluminum that I don't want to damage. The top and bottom unscrew, and I’m replacing the knot with a silvertip badger. But right now I can’t get the d#$n thing unscrewed!

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  2. Apr 27, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    I used a set of craftsman strap wrenches before that worked well. They came in two different sizes so you might be able to use both to twist in opposite directions?

    Have you tried using a couple of the rubber jar lid openers that you find in your kitchen? Maybe find one of those and double or triple the thickness up and use a pair of visegrips or pliers at as soft a grip as you can?

    Edit: Maybe use a blow dryer or heating gun to heat up the outside to expand it a bit to see if it will twist off that way?
     
  3. Apr 27, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    A strap wrench would probably be too big and if not it might crush it. The threads are probably corroded. What I would try:
    Clamp the handle in a set of rubber padded vise jaws and then a small sheet of rubber on the top portion and loosen by hand. As dumb as it sounds, I have a round piece of rubber for opening jars and it's amazing the difference it makes.
    If that doesn't work, I'd cut the bristles off and try a heat gun on the top portion and try to loosen wearing leather gloves.
    And lastly soak it in penetrant and try loosening again since you're changing the brush.

    Edit: ha, same ideas as above!
     
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  4. Apr 27, 2020 at 1:03 PM
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    ^^^^^this^^^^^^ Was going to suggest the same thing.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2020 at 5:37 PM
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    Thanks guys. Yes, I’ve cut the bristles off, and drilled/punched out the rubber inset (hence the name Rubberset), and soaked the inside with WD-40, and tried the kitchen rubber grip, but still won’t budge. I don’t have a heat gun, but this might be the perfect opportunity to hit HF this week, rather than use the wife hair dryer.
     
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  6. Apr 27, 2020 at 5:56 PM
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    Try the hair dryer. No harm, no foul to the hair dryer. I mean it’s not like you are using the turkey blaster to remove brake fluid from the master cylinder. Not that I have ever done that before. :anonymous: o_O
     
  7. Apr 27, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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    :eek: I hope you bought a new one before you basted anything.
     
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    Mmmmmmm. DOT 4
     
  9. Apr 27, 2020 at 7:13 PM
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    Full disclosure, I was divorced at the time and living on my own. I mean it wasn’t like I was going to baste a turkey anytime soon. :notsure:
     
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  10. Apr 28, 2020 at 8:29 AM
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    I GOT IT!! Soaked with WD-40 for the night, grabbed the two rubber lid openers we have, and twisted hard a few times! I know this isn’t HF related, just really happy!
    :bananadance:
     
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  11. Apr 29, 2020 at 7:57 PM
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    I keep one in my garage for just this purpose :thumbsup:
     
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    I second the Lisle 63600 for oil filters, been using it for probably at least 15 years, always removed any all filters without issue. Hopefully they’re still made in the U.S.A
     
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    So you guys that are using this welder, are you running it on a dedicated 30amp circuit?
     
  14. Apr 30, 2020 at 7:15 PM
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    I'm not sure what the breaker is on that circuit, just whatever outlet was open in my garage. I didn't have anything else that would be putting much load on it though. I was using a 15ft extension cord without issue all day. If I did my math right, I welded 36 feet. I would take breaks for myself but not due to the welder.
     
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    I was so tempted the other day when I was in the store to buy heat shrink. It was almost an expensive day but I walked out with my $1.50 heat shrink and free light.
     
  16. Apr 30, 2020 at 7:20 PM
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    Damn, idk if I ever walk out of there without buying more than I planned.
     
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  17. Apr 30, 2020 at 7:30 PM
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    Most 110v machines are fine on a 20 amp circuit but will most likely trip a standard 15 amp wall outlet circuit
     
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    I’ve always ran all my 110V welders on a dedicated 30A and my 220V on a dedicated 50A.
     
  19. May 1, 2020 at 2:45 AM
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    This is an argument that can go on for days.

    240 volt MIG machines run safely on a 30 amp breaker as long as the correct wire is feeding the plug from the breaker.

    The welder manufacturers confuse things by putting those 50 amp plugs on their machines. There is no wires bigger than 10 AWG in these welders.

    Manufacturers assume that most shops will change the cord and plug, so they just go generic and put on a ridiculous 50 amp plug and cord.
     
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    Latest buys. Found gear wrench ratchet wrenches on eBay for around 4-8$ each so picked up a 8/10/12/14/15/17 for less than 25$. Harbor freight socket tray and wrench organizers

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