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Offline RAH52

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Large washer clamp
« on: October 14, 2012, 06:46:25 PM »
I've always seemed to have problems getting the large clamp back on the tub oulet on front load washers .I've tried all kinds of pliers but the clamp seems to fly off because I never seem to have enough hands to get the blasted thing on ,my frustration level hits the roof and I need to walk away for a bit . Today while at Home Depot looking at all the tools I don't need or can,t afford I had a brain wave .I purched a clamping tool mean't for woodworkers and presto it works like a charm !

Offline AJ

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 06:51:51 PM »
Awesome idea!

What size is the clamping tool?
I have seen some really small versions of that clamp.



Offline RAH52

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 07:12:17 PM »
The tool is called a 6 inch clamping tool made by Irwin .

Offline Patricio

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 10:50:00 PM »
Good idea.  I have several assorted sizes of these clamps in my tool trailer.   I dabble in woodworking every now & then.  They work great, have a ratchet type calmping system that releases quite easily when you want it to.  I've always hated them spring clamps, usually switched to a hose clamp. 
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Offline scrapiron

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2012, 11:29:37 PM »
I have another method of dealing with the large drain clamps. I slide a 9/16" deep socket over the tabs of the clamp. After the clamp is back in position, just slide the socket off.

Offline RAH52

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 05:08:10 AM »
Good idea also .Why didn't I think of that LOL

Offline ScottyMo1

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 06:32:39 AM »
ScrapIron beat me to it. I use that method on all these types of clamps. 9/16 for the big washer clamp and/or 1/2 for the smaller clamps on drain pumps and dishwasher clamps.

Offline andersenappliance

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2012, 10:15:59 PM »
Beautiful!

This board is Money!!!!

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Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 12:30:16 AM »
     Good idea with the sockets,  Scrapiron.   A wise old man (my dad who repaired appliances for 35 years) showed me that trick many years ago.  It works very well.   I actually rub a little grease in the socket,  makes it slip off easier.      I have a set of hose clamp pliers with flat ends instead of round ends that work perfect for these clamps.  I got them at an autoparts store years ago,  and unfortunatly I haven't seen them since.    I'll try to shoot a picture of them and post it later.   Rah,  I do like the idea with the clamps.   There might be more uses for these,   some of the McGyvers out there (including myself) might be able to come up with things to use them for.    Any tool is only as limited as your imagination.    That's why I throw everything but the kitchen sink into my tool boxes.   

     I always go through tool stores,  Auto parts stores,  and an industrial tool shop that is in my city.   I'm always looking for a "better tool" to use on jobs.    I know this.   It pays to have more rather than less when it comes to tools.    I have the box I carry and 3 other boxes in my truck.    I carry pullers, crowbars,  pipe wrenches,   Chisels, C clamps,  a vise etc.   If any of you have a "better tool" for a job,  let us know.     
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Offline wildimaginations

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Re: Large washer clamp
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 07:00:49 AM »
I have another method of dealing with the large drain clamps. I slide a 9/16" deep socket over the tabs of the clamp. After the clamp is back in position, just slide the socket off.

Ok, I'm trying to think this out.  You use a deep socket to hold the tabs of the clamps apart but what tool do you use to open the clamps with and then fit the socket into it without getting in the way?
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