On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:59:09 PM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I'm actually surprised that *you* are this late to the game.
In any case, get 6 points, not 12. They grip so much better...much less
chance (none?) of rounding off the head of the bolt. They do lack a bit in
"convenience" when positioning over the bolt head, but they feel (and act)
so much more secure.
1/2" drive for brakes and suspension, 3/8" drive for just about everything
On Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:52:30 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Too bad you are in Yankland instead of here in Canada - Canadian
Tire has their Mastercraft combination set - all metric and inch -
1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 inch drive - on sale for $159 - normally about $600.
Might be worth a road trip up to Buffalo/Niagara or up to
Kingston/thousand Islands to snag yourself a set this week. The
Mastercraft tools are VERY good value.
What! Just because I've been clubbing baby seals,
lighting kittens on fire, molesting small boys,
voting tea party Republican, sniffing glue,
buying tools at Harbor Freight, inhaling helium,
setting mouse traps on my counter tops to keep
the cat off, forging documents that say I'm a
FBI agent, smuggling arms to Ambassador Chris
Stevens, mainlining Heroin, transmitting on ham
bands out of license, robbing banks at gunpoint,
writing love letters to Pope Francis, and driving
37 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, that's no reason why
I should be denied a passport!
On Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:24:34 -0400, Stormin Mormon
14mm and 9/16 are real close. 17 mm and 11/16 (17.46mm) 11mm and
7/16 are real close. (11.11mm) 19mm is very close to 3/4 inches
(0.748 inches) 13/16 is very close to 21mm (20.63mm) - so an 11/16
will fit a 17mm, but 17mm will be tight on an 11/16. A 7/16 will work
on an 11mm, but an 11mm will be tight on a 7/16" A 19mm works fine on
a 3/4" - and a 3/4 is just a tad snug on a 19mm.
On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:24:16 PM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I told you in my post, one of the first responses, that some
sizes are close enough and cited 1 1/4" being almost identical to 32mm.
How close they have to be depends on what you're doing, how desperate
you are and how lucky you feel today. I believe someone else posted
a link to a chart, no?
The only time I've totally needed 12 point, is
distributor wrench. I do agree about the six
points. When I did heating, my trainer had a
1/4 drive SAE ratchet set. I was amazed how
much he could do with that. Now days, I find
a 1/4 drive set can do a lot.
Yesterday a friend and I changed a windshield
wiper motor (10 MM) and a wiper transmission
(also needs 10 MM wrench). Both with quarter
inch drive set. Nut to remover wiper blade is
13 MM wrench. All done with quarter inch
Replacing leaf springs, half drive and power
tools are preferred.
Unless it's a foreign-made vehicle, you'll need both
(US cars are frequently a mixture of both types).
I keep a "dual" socket set in each vehicle and
"select" wrenches (e.g., I almost always use a wrench
to deal with the drain plug for the oil pan so keep
that wrench) in each vehicle.
Thankfully, we have 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" "drive" and not
6mm, 9mm, 12mm "drive" sockets! :>
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