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    Socket Head Cap Screw Eye training

    When I look at the top of a Socket Head Cap Screw I always pick the WRONG driver. I've thought about various tools that could solve my problem and ended up with one that I hope to someday throw away.

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    http://rick.sparber.org/SHCSET.pdf

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    It might help your mental association process to paint your sample bolts and their corresponding wrench with bright colors. After a while it will be "oh, that's a 1/4-20 screw, they're yellow so get the yellow wrench". In fact, didn't some of the older T-handle sets come with different colored handles?

    I make this suggestion because the colored socket sets sold by HF have helped me with your exact problem when it comes to socket selection. I now know that the bolts on the rolling table are purple and the ones on the hold-downs are burgundy.

    The T-handle wrenches that have a hex driver sticking out the side of the handle simplify the situation for non-captive screws. Simply press the screw head on the exposed bits until you get a fit, then pull that wrench.
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    Marv,

    A very odd thing about me is my one learning disability: I do not retain colors. I have owned cars for over 5 years and can't tell you what color they are. I've lived in the same house for 10 years and can only tell you it is a light color. So color coding would be a problem for me. I can recognize colors, just can't remember them.

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    Rick and Marv,

    All great ideas and especially useful when dealing with both imperial and metric Socket Head Cap Screws. This also gives me an idea for creating a pipe thread checker. When dealing with pipe threads it takes me three trips to the local big box store. First time I select the wrong threads because I couldn't bring a sample, second time I find the correct threads and the third time I return the parts I didn't need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
    ...This also gives me an idea for creating a pipe thread checker....
    You're going to need a really big board for your checker.

    Code:
    PIPE THREADING DATA
    
    S=NOMINAL PIPE SIZE (in)
    T=THREADS PER INCH
    D=DIAMETER (in)
    TD=TAP DRILL
    
    S		T		D		TD
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AMERICAN STANDARD TAPER PIPE
    1/16		27		0.3125		D
    1/8		27		0.405		R
    1/4		18		0.540		7/16
    3/8		18		0.675		37/64
    1/2		14		0.840		23/32
    3/4		14		1.050		59/64
    1		11.5		1.315		1-5/32
    1-1/4		11.5		1.660		1-1/2
    1-1/2		11.5		1.900		1-47/64
    2		11.5		2.375		1-7/32
    2-1/2		8		2.875		2-5/8
    3		8		3.500		3-1/4
    3-1/2		8		4.000		3-3/4
    4		8		4.500		4-1/4
    4-1/2		8		5.000		4-3/4
    5		8		5.563		5-9/32
    6		8		6.625		6-11/32
    7		8		7.625
    8		8		8.625
    9		8		9.625
    10		8		10.750
    12		8		12.750
    
    AMERICAN STANDARD STRAIGHT PIPE
    1/8		27		0.405		S
    1/4		18		0.540		29/64
    3/8		18		0.675		19/32
    1/2		14		0.840		47/64
    3/4		14		1.050		15/16
    1		11.5		1.315		1-3/16
    1-1/4		11.5		1.660		1-33/64
    1-1/2		11.5		1.900		1-3/4
    2		11.5		2.375		2-7/32
    2-1/2		8		2.875		2-21/32
    3		8		3.500		3-9/32
    3-1/2		8		4.000		3-25/32
    4		8		4.500		4-9/32
    4-1/2		8		5.000		4-25/32
    5		8		5.563		5-11/32
    6		8		6.625		6-13/32
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