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Old 05 Apr 2010, 06:26 pm
DemoDisk
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Default Almost lost a socket


I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.

I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
hardware store.

Thanks,
Jm


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Old 05 Apr 2010, 06:41 pm
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Default Re: Almost lost a socket

DemoDisk wrote:
> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
> the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
>
> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
> and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
> ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
> hardware store.
>
> Thanks,
> Jm


It is a bit of a specialty item, but I have had good luck with what is
basically a strong magnet attached to a metal collapsible antenna. It
would be easy to make one but they are not expensive.

With the dust boot contacting the socket to brush it off, the magnet
might not work, so it might have required the 3-prong grabber like you used.

The magnet tool is really good for small metal pieces that you can not
see since you do not always have to make direct contact with whatever
you are fishing for, and the thin metal rod allows you to reach places
that you could never otherwise reach with your fingers.
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Old 05 Apr 2010, 06:58 pm
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Default Re: Almost lost a socket

On 04/05/2010 04:26 PM, DemoDisk wrote:
> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
> the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
>
> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
> and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
> ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
> hardware store.
>
> Thanks,
> Jm
>
>


you need a locking extension bar - like this:
<http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SP100A1798S146420019P?keyword=lockin g+extension>

there are cheaper versions, but this is the general type you want. try
before you buy - i've had to return one for not holding sockets well
enough, but its replacement locks solid.

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Old 05 Apr 2010, 07:19 pm
Joe Sixpack
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Default Re: Almost lost a socket

DemoDisk wrote:

> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
> the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
>
> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
> and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
> ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
> hardware store.
>
> Thanks,
> Jm


I've got one of these
http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=271

screwed to the end of a dowel. It will pull trucks out of the mud...
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Old 05 Apr 2010, 08:12 pm
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"DemoDisk" <packrat@nospam.com> wrote in news:nLOdneYks-
C67CfWnZ2dnUVZ_gSdnZ2d@yournetplus.com:

>
> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
> the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
>
> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
> and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
> ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
> hardware store.
>



Piece of coat-hanger wire.

Bend a sharp 90-degree into one end, and cut that end off at about 1/8"
long. Hook the end inside and under the square hole in the socket and pull
up.

If you can't get the end to hook under securely, bend it a bit more than
90-deg, and tap it flat(ish) with a hammer.


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Old 05 Apr 2010, 08:26 pm
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jim beam <me@privacy.net> wrote in
news:9aWdndhrQY6o5CfWnZ2dnUVZ_oqdnZ2d@speakeasy.ne t:

> On 04/05/2010 04:26 PM, DemoDisk wrote:
>> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
>> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it
>> pulls the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw
>> it.
>>
>> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong
>> grabbers, and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if
>> it's some ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item
>> from a hardware store.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Jm
>>
>>

>
> you need a locking extension bar - like this:
> <http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...20019P?keyword
> =locking+extension>
>
> there are cheaper versions, but this is the general type you want.
> try before you buy - i've had to return one for not holding sockets
> well enough, but its replacement locks solid.
>




Turns out "DemoDisk" does not know how (or care) to properly cross-post. He
posted this identical question to rec.autos.tech, and has responded to the
single reply he got there.


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Old 05 Apr 2010, 11:01 pm
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"Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
news:Xns9D51DA007BBFCtegger@208.90.168.18...
> jim beam <me@privacy.net> wrote in
> news:9aWdndhrQY6o5CfWnZ2dnUVZ_oqdnZ2d@speakeasy.ne t:
>
> > On 04/05/2010 04:26 PM, DemoDisk wrote:
> >> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep

spark
> >> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it
> >> pulls the socket right off the extension bar when you try to

withdraw
> >> it.
> >>
> >> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong
> >> grabbers, and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if
> >> it's some ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty

item
> >> from a hardware store.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Jm
> >>
> >>

> >
> > you need a locking extension bar - like this:
> >

<http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...20019P?keyword
> > =locking+extension>
> >
> > there are cheaper versions, but this is the general type you want.
> > try before you buy - i've had to return one for not holding sockets
> > well enough, but its replacement locks solid.
> >

>
>
>
> Turns out "DemoDisk" does not know how (or care) to properly

cross-post. He
> posted this identical question to rec.autos.tech, and has responded to

the
> single reply he got there.
>
>
> --
> Tegger


DemoDisk properly DIDN'T crosspost because he's seen so many damn flames
directed at people who do crosspost. And he'll go to the trouble of
thanking whoever bothers to reply. Even you.

Beyond that, I guess I don't care. I break all the rules. I'm a rebel.


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Old 15 Apr 2010, 11:58 am
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Thus spake "DemoDisk" <packrat@nospam.com> :

>
>"Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
>news:Xns9D51DA007BBFCtegger@208.90.168.18...
>> jim beam <me@privacy.net> wrote in
>> news:9aWdndhrQY6o5CfWnZ2dnUVZ_oqdnZ2d@speakeasy.ne t:
>>
>> > On 04/05/2010 04:26 PM, DemoDisk wrote:
>> >> I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep

>spark
>> >> plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it
>> >> pulls the socket right off the extension bar when you try to

>withdraw
>> >> it.
>> >>
>> >> I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong
>> >> grabbers, and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if
>> >> it's some ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty

>item
>> >> from a hardware store.
>> >>
>> >> Thanks,
>> >> Jm
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> > you need a locking extension bar - like this:
>> >

><http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...20019P?keyword
>> > =locking+extension>
>> >
>> > there are cheaper versions, but this is the general type you want.
>> > try before you buy - i've had to return one for not holding sockets
>> > well enough, but its replacement locks solid.
>> >

>>
>>
>>
>> Turns out "DemoDisk" does not know how (or care) to properly

>cross-post. He
>> posted this identical question to rec.autos.tech, and has responded to

>the
>> single reply he got there.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Tegger

>
>DemoDisk properly DIDN'T crosspost because he's seen so many damn flames
>directed at people who do crosspost. And he'll go to the trouble of
>thanking whoever bothers to reply. Even you.
>
>Beyond that, I guess I don't care. I break all the rules. I'm a rebel.
>


Rebels sometimes get executed. Or kf'ed
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