I used to have a tap, most call a triple tap. The one I had was
actually 6 taps. It had a screwdriver handle and three taps on a
shank that you could flip in the handle and had 3 more.
I have not been able to find this online. Anyone know who makes
O'Neil to General Hammond:
For the record Sir, I wanted to blow it the hell up.
Those multi-taps are cool when you need to clean up the threads
on some sort of panel cover or electrical box...
They aren't really meant to do much more threading than that...
Definitely much easier to carry one reversible tool in the tool
bag when up in a bucket lift than it is to carry a tap set...
I've used mine for adding a ground screw to an old box that I don't
feel like busting out of the wall and replacing... pre-grounded stuff
era boxes don't usually have the tapped holes in the back for the
You would not want to try using it to thread metal thicker than
1/4"... Adding a 10-32 grounding screw to an electrical box is
fine and is one of the intended purposes of a multi-tap tool...
But they are useless to tap blind holes in thicker materials...
You wouldn't be able to use such a multi-tap to thread a hole
in something 1/2" because none of the sections of the tap
sizes are that large and the shaft immediately tapers up in
size after each threaded portion...
They are intended to be a convenience tool for tradesmen
working high above or below the ground to quickly repair
or re-size holes for fasteners on devices and equipment
or the enclosures which contain said gizmos that they
are servicing to commonly sized screws without having
to carry a tap and die set in their tool bag...
Yeah, that is what I used mine in the past for.
I need a tap now to clean some threads in a computer case. The holes
for the motherboard stand offs are painted and hard to get it. In the
past I have had the hold down come out when backing out the hold down
screws. I don't want that to happen again.
I should have spent 20 more on the case so I don't have to spend 20
bucks on a tap, but I have missed mine. They do come in handy
Mine has cut new threads in fresh drilled holes countless times. Even
cut the next size larger threads without a drill when working with pot
metal many many many times. It's no tap and die set, but it's not
advertised that way either.
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