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    Home made handee tool

    This is made almost entirely from an old uPVC window hinge and a piece of all thread.
    Took about 1 hour to make, its not pretty but it works, cost me nothing and its only going to get chucked into my toolbox.

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    That's great, the first of many I am sure.

    I will even make one eventually, it certainly seems handy!!

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    saw this the other day and said that has to go to the bottom of my todo list, then today I needed it for hold a nut to mount under my luggage rack that is close to the body on my buggy. would have saved cramped fingers. although a long nose vice grip plier would have worked but it was late and I was not thinking to good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed ke6bnl View Post
    saw this the other day and said that has to go to the bottom of my todo list, then today I needed it for hold a nut to mount under my luggage rack that is close to the body on my buggy. would have saved cramped fingers. although a long nose vice grip plier would have worked but it was late and I was not thinking to good.
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    Pretty clever Marv, I like it
    As always Happy Machining
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    Thanks olderdan! We've added your Handee Tool to our Miscellaneous category,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossbotics View Post
    Pretty clever Marv, I like it
    If you don't have carpet tape on hand, wind duct tape onto the stick with the sticky side outward. Keeping carpet tape around is a good idea though; I've machined small parts by attaching them to a faceplate with the stuff.

    If carpet tape is too aggressive in the nut-holding scenario simply stick a magnet on the tape and hold the nut with the magnet.

    Wooden paint stirrers, often given away at paint stores, can substitute for the yardstick if one only needs a shorter reach.
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    Great idea! Thanks for the share. I've used a piece of flat metal with a hobby magnet or a piece of wood with double sided tape.

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    Using yard sticks , paint stirs and soda straws with sticky tape is a great quick fix solution to a seldom encountered problem, that often times hardly warrants buying or making a more permanent tool.
    Not exactly the same thing but back when I was modifying D10 caterpillar blades I had to make several cuts as far as 5 ft deep inside of the blade to do this I clamped the torch handle to a broom handle then screwed an eyelet into the wood and tied a small cable to the cut lever then through the eyelet back to where I could pull on the cable to depress the lever worked great and I didn't have to spend over $1000.00 for a specialized demolition torch like those used by scrapers at the metal recycling places.
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    Since folks seem to have liked my yardstick/carpet tape third hand, here's another hint along the same lines to add to your arsenal...

    I always keep a pair of wooden chopsticks in my tool bag(s). While long forceps, e.g.,

    https://www.amazon.com/Dissekt-Rite-...ywords=forceps

    are handy as a shirt pocket, chopsticks have certain advantages over them...

    Cheap, often free if you eat lots of Asian food
    Don't conduct heat or electricity and can't be magnetized
    Can be shaped into job-specific shapes with a sharp knife
    Pieces can be sliced off to shim wood screws in an overly large hole

    If you're not confident wielding chopsticks, get a couple of chopstick helpers...

    https://www.amazon.com/Inteliventor-...27s+chopsticks

    which will allow you to make your chopsticks work like conventional forceps.
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