- Neat trick and useful tip on how to keep
from dropping fasteners from a socket wrench.
OK Iíll show you a little trick that I
- Very often, you know, you put a nut into a
socket and you come into a little recess like this and you put it in there
and it falls off. And you lose it inside the door panel and it either takes
you forever to find it or you never find it and it leaves a rusty spot or a
one of the great things you can do is just take an ordinary shop towel, put
it over the head of the nut or bolt and just pass it in there like that and
then just tear off the corner so youíre not dealing with the whole rag.
And, voila, the tension holds it in place for you, no problem. And you can
go into tight spaces and not worry about dropping it. And then when you pull
out you just have to either hope that the rag comes with you or reach in and
fish out the rag, which should be no problem.
- One of the problems that faces you is the
notion of having this bolt in your socket, having a hard time finding the
hole and accidentally dropping it into the door panel. So to prevent that, a
great little trick of the trade Iíve learned is to just wrap the head of
the bolt in a piece of shop-towel, put it into your socket and then tear the
shop towel free and so just using a little corner of it. And as you can see
it holds it nice and firm and straight and you wonít drop it when you try
and pass it in to a tight space, you wind it up like that and when you pull
it out either this stays behind and you can just reach in and pull it off
with mechanical fingers or your own fingers. Or maybe itíll stay attached
to the socket wrench or maybe itíll drop out and youíll just have to
fish that out. But itís a lot more fun than fishing out a lost bolt.
- OK Iíve got my nut loaded in there and
itís safely in place with a bit of shop towel. Iíll just find my stud.
Get it started. OK Iím fairly certain thatís started now so Iím going
to pull this off so I can get the shopĖtowel out of there easily then I
can put this back on.
- OK I got the rag out and now Iíll go in
and finish torquing it.
- This is the kind of trick that youíre only
going to learn by working in the field for years, or right here at
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