Well, you can't call programmers weak!

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Well, you can't call programmers weak!

Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:39 AM

Went and helped no2pencil out with fixing his truck. He couldn't get this one bolt off so he pushed until it started to move but then realized it wasn't the bolt that was moving:


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So I went out and bought some new tools:


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If we bend this one then we're joining the WWF!

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Re: Well, you can't call programmers weak!

Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:13 AM

Piece of advice? If you can find a length of steel plumbing pipe that the wrench handle will fit into, put the pipe over the wrench and use the extended length of the pipe for more leverage. The pipe should keep you from bending the wrench handle...although I've only ever been concerned with trying to get additional leverage and not BENDING THE FREAKING DROP FORGED STEEL WRENCH HANDLE.

Geez ya'll...
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:24 AM

Heh, did the "tire iron sucks" test last week with a flat ( well, when it goes at 80mph it's more of a lonely rim. )

Did a stupid and jacked the thing up before trying to get the lugs off. Put it back down on the rim so I could use the weight of the car. Nice black iron thought about bending, but the damn car moved first.

I really don't know why I bother. I've yet to have a tire where you didn't need hydraulics to get the bloody things off.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:54 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 16 April 2013 - 09:24 AM, said:

Did a stupid and jacked the thing up before trying to get the lugs off.

My brother, who is generally a handier man than myself, did that his first time changing his tire and I just about fell over laughing. What did he think was going to happen?
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

Well if you have enough length on the iron just position it towards the front of the car against the pavement and slowly drive forward. If this doesn't work, next time tell the guy who puts the tire on to properly torque it. Btw the tire needs weight to keep from spinning. Break the lugs loose before jacking up.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:06 AM

I love watching those guys in the shop just hammering away at my lugnuts with their air wrenches. i can hear those lugnuts screaming. Those wheels are NEVER coming off.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:21 AM

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For Pete's sake people - what are you doing? Welding on your lug nuts? Try and keep them a bit on the clean side, remove rust from the threads when you find it (old tooth brush works well), and add a small bit of lubricant to help with removal later.

Now I am not saying you go all hog wild and lube up your nuts beyond belief... that would be silly. I mean who wants to furiously chase down their tire, across traffic, while avoiding being repeatedly rammed by strangers on either side? A little dab will do ya.

What I am saying is - take care of your nuts and they will last you a long time. A bit of maintenance now and then goes a long way to stopping the once a year tearful tugging and painful pulling as you try and get off that tire.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:39 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 16 April 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

What I am saying is - take care of your nuts and they will last you a long time. A bit of maintenance now and then goes a long way to stopping the once a year tearful tugging and painful pulling as you try and get off that tire.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:12 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 16 April 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

Welding on your lug nuts? Try and keep them a bit on the clean side


You insensitive clod! We can't all have nice shiny nuts like you. My nuts have hundreds of thousands of miles on them. I never have to touch my own nuts. I pay someone else to. ;)

Seriously, regular maintenance means I rarely mess with the tires. I put 400 miles a week on the car It's usually having an oil change long before tires are an issue. And then, I usually get them second hand (i.e. whatever crashed recently )
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:16 AM

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View Postmodi123_1, on 16 April 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

Now I am not saying you go all hog wild and lube up your nuts beyond belief...


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Re: Well, you can't call programmers weak!

Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 16 April 2013 - 04:12 PM, said:

I never have to touch my own nuts. I pay someone else to. ;)


Why pay? You need to find better friends!
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:30 AM

Some jobs require professionals...
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

View PostCraig328, on 16 April 2013 - 07:13 AM, said:

Piece of advice? If you can find a length of steel plumbing pipe that the wrench handle will fit into, put the pipe over the wrench and use the extended length of the pipe for more leverage. The pipe should keep you from bending the wrench handle...although I've only ever been concerned with trying to get additional leverage and not BENDING THE FREAKING DROP FORGED STEEL WRENCH HANDLE.

Geez ya'll...


In the mechanic world we call that cheating, but we certainly all cheat. ;)
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:36 PM

View Posttrevster344, on 16 April 2013 - 12:28 PM, said:

View PostCraig328, on 16 April 2013 - 07:13 AM, said:

Piece of advice? If you can find a length of steel plumbing pipe that the wrench handle will fit into, put the pipe over the wrench and use the extended length of the pipe for more leverage. The pipe should keep you from bending the wrench handle...although I've only ever been concerned with trying to get additional leverage and not BENDING THE FREAKING DROP FORGED STEEL WRENCH HANDLE.

Geez ya'll...


In the mechanic world we call that cheating, but we certainly all cheat. ;)/>

Cheating or not. I have been in those situations where you need to loosen a 1-1/4 nut that has been rusted on for 30+ years. My solution? Use a torch (Oxy/Asc or propane will work. I prefer Oxy myself) to get her nice and hot and put a 1-inch breaker bar on it and slide a 20-Foot Iron pipe over it. After a few food pushes it came loose. I was honestly surprised it didn't break the nut off of the rod. I guess that's Good-Ole American Ingenuity for you!
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:24 PM

View Posttpaskell, on 16 April 2013 - 01:36 PM, said:

View Posttrevster344, on 16 April 2013 - 12:28 PM, said:

View PostCraig328, on 16 April 2013 - 07:13 AM, said:

Piece of advice? If you can find a length of steel plumbing pipe that the wrench handle will fit into, put the pipe over the wrench and use the extended length of the pipe for more leverage. The pipe should keep you from bending the wrench handle...although I've only ever been concerned with trying to get additional leverage and not BENDING THE FREAKING DROP FORGED STEEL WRENCH HANDLE.

Geez ya'll...


In the mechanic world we call that cheating, but we certainly all cheat. ;)/>/>

Cheating or not. I have been in those situations where you need to loosen a 1-1/4 nut that has been rusted on for 30+ years. My solution? Use a torch (Oxy/Asc or propane will work. I prefer Oxy myself) to get her nice and hot and put a 1-inch breaker bar on it and slide a 20-Foot Iron pipe over it. After a few food pushes it came loose. I was honestly surprised it didn't break the nut off of the rod. I guess that's Good-Ole American Ingenuity for you!


There is actually many different liquid solutions you use on bolts like that. Rest of the time strip a socket trying to lol.
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