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Offline Thorning

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Nut Drivers for repair work
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:13:00 AM »
Over the last couple of years I have worn out a couple of nut drivers that I use for washer and dryer repairs. I use these to take the small hex head  screws out and replace them that are common on Maytag, Whirlpool, etc. The ones I have worn out most frequently are the 5/16 and 1/4" sizes . The ends of these can be ground off slightly to provide a non worn engagement area for the hex of the screws and it works for an additional  couple of months. The material is not a hardened steel so it wears out more quickly than I like. This week my local Menards store had a really good sale on tools so I bought some items that hopefully will  last longer . Specifically I purchased a Masterforce spinner handle  which is item number 10815 which accepts 1/4" drive sockets . I also bought the 1/4" drive sockets for the 1/4" and the 5/16" size hex screws. Hopefully these will last longer but when they do wear out I can replace the socket separately and get much more use out of this item. I should have done this a long time ago.

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016, 09:54:40 AM »
I don't use nutdrivers often.  I use my DeWalt impact drill.  When I do use nutdrivers, I use my Hilmor 1/4 and 5/16 all in one.
https://www.trutechtools.com/1839054

And I carry a gearwrench mini rachet kit and a racheting thumb drive in my pocket with. 1/4 inch socket for those tight spots or times when a magnetic bit or nutdrivers won't fit.
« Last Edit: December 24, 2016, 09:56:03 AM by BryanS »

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2016, 10:06:44 AM »
Sounds like a good idea. Some of the rusted fasteners are very difficult in addition to being in bad locations where a nut driver is not adequate.

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2016, 10:19:50 AM »
I mainly work on refrigeration but I'm learning on other appliances nutdrivers do have their place in tight spots.  I also have adapters for sockets to if I need them on my drill.  My coworker uses nothing but hand tools.  I don't see how he does it.  Some of these panels have so many screws lol.  Plus I can use one hand with my drill and magnetic bits to put screws in hard to reach or tight spots.

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2016, 10:33:02 AM »
I work on washers and dryers and have not tackled any fridges . Is a freon recovery unit necessary and mandatory by law if a repair involves replacing the compressor ? Also there is a local company here in central Illinois that sells a non freon refridgerant that is much cheaper  but I believe it is flammable. Any experience with that product ?

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2016, 10:38:36 AM »
You are required to recover any refrigerant.  Most refrigerators have 134a.  Some of them are using butane as a refrigerant, but those you don't really repair because it's flammable.

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2016, 10:39:28 AM »
You need at least 608 type 1 license to work with refrigerant.

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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2016, 10:20:39 PM »
I use my Milwaukee 12 volt driver with adjustable clutch and keep 1/4, 5/16, and Philips bits in my back pocket. I have never worn out the nut drivers but the Philips bits get replaced fairly often. I buy decent quality magnetic bits.
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Re: Nut Drivers for repair work
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2016, 10:35:43 PM »
I use one of these for basic repairs and installs of door handles reversing of doors and electric range cord installs.Best part made in the USA.https://smile.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-11-Screwdriver-Driver/dp/B0015SBILG/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1482640407&sr=1-1&keywords=klein+11in1

 

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