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    Thin wall sockets ?

    Hi, I have been looking all over the net for a thin wall socket
    I need a 3/8 socket with an max OD of 13.3mm so it could fit in the 13.4mm hole.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wave View Post
    Hi, I have been looking all over the net for a thin wall socket
    I need a 3/8 socket with an max OD of 13.3mm so it could fit in the 13.4mm hole.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Two thoughts...

    Buy a cheap socket and...

    turn it down on the lathe if you have one
    or
    grind it freehand with bench or angle grinder.
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    Thanks but I need a bunch of them I am looking for something off the shelf.
    Maybe something like what you get with your car to remove the wheel? Its like a bent pipe...

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    Wave,
    Can you define what a bunch is? 10, 100, 1000?
    The problem is that socket manufacturers and resellers don't list the outside diameter of the socket, so it's anybody's guess one what the actual outside is until you measure it.
    The sheet metal style ones you're thinking of are typically for very large nuts, commonly for water heater element removal. Just google water heater element socket.
    How much torque are you applying to the fastener?
    Do you have any opportunity to change to an Allen socket head fastener? That would easily fit down in that hole, and Allen driver tools are readily available. Here's an example of that type of fastener:
    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/05520077

    Depending on your quantity needed, if it was less than 100, I'd take Marv's suggestion, and turn an existing socket down on the lathe. A machine shop could knock those out in short order. If you needed less than 10, and don't have a lathe, then the angle grinder method would work just fine.

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    Maybe I don't understand what you are looking for, but my Craftsman, short, 1/4 drive, 3/8 six point, number 43497 measures 13.2mm outside.

    Page 3 of this catalog http://www.btindustrial.com/downloads/section_3.pdf

    I have no affiliation with them, I just found it online.

    It is possible the newer ones are different. Mine about 50 years old. I have had this set since I was about 18. (I am pretty sure it has paid for itself)

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    What you are looking for is a tube spanner. Most stores that sell hand tools should carry them

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    3/8 socket wth 13.4mm od.

    Quote Originally Posted by wave View Post
    Hi, I have been looking all over the net for a thin wall socket
    I need a 3/8 socket with an max OD of 13.3mm so it could fit in the 13.4mm hole.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks
    If drive size is not a problem a lot of 1/4 drive deep well sockets come very close. again turning may be necessary, around 13.89mm for craftsman
    Good luck ( can the hole be made larger ??????)

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    just so i understand,, do you need a bunch of sockets, as in you are tooling up a bunch of workers, or you have a bunch of bolt/screws to take out,, more info would help,, how deep is the hole,, how deep does the socket need to be??? remember more info is more likely to be rewarded with more workable solutions,, buck

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    ive had 2 arrests/strokes but im still pretty good at finding stuff and the closest i could get was the craftsman 1/4 drive 3/8 with an OD of 13.3 MM tjhere may be others but that was the only one i could find, armstrong had one at 13.98 mm,, buck

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    Or, grind down (by hand) a "quality" impact socket (usually black in color) until it fits. Keep it cool with water while using your bare hands as a heat gauge. Very strong and you will still be able to use it for other applications. Deep well or shorty, I do not think lack of strength will be a factor.

    It seems funny to me that you mix american standard and metric.

    Vic
    Last edited by Vic Lane; 06-12-2017 at 06:21 PM.

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