Looking for something that may not exist, but I sure would like to find one.
I need a nut-grabber. This would allow me to get nuts way up inside
something to get 'em started for bolt backup. It would have to give me just
a little flexibility on placing the nut so the bolt can grab it.
If anyone knows where a neat device such as this is---please point me toward
Here's one. They come in multiple sizes
Here's a flexible one:
Hope this gets you started.
Here's what I've used for that purpose to handle small nuts in
"unreachable" locations since G-d was a little boy.
Lay the nut on something solid, take an appropriate length of wire
solder and place the last 1/4" or so of it over the hole in the nut.
Then whack the solder with a hammer.
The solder will deform down into the threaded hole in the nut and grab
it pretty firmly. You can bend the wire solder to whatever shape you
need to get the nut to reach the end of the bolt and face it at the
Once you get the first couple of screw threads started into the nut you
can yank on the solder and it'll pull off.
Works for me....But I also have one and treasure of those long flexible
grabbers to pick up stuff which "falls in the cracks."
If you're just trying to get a nut started on a vertical bolt or stud
and can't get it started because of the depth of the socket I can help
Put a second nut in the socket to move the intended nut that much
closer to the bolt or stud. Once you have it started remove the
unneeded nut from the socket and tighten to desired torque.
and use deep sockets.put some candlewax on the nut to keep it from falling
Perhaps you could also use one of those pickup tools that have 3 spring-
loaded fingers at the end of a cable;a "parts-grabber".
Valuable in some situations is a magnet. There are all types of small &
large diameter telescoping and flexible magnets available everywhere from
Ace Hardware to Harbor Freight.
Haven't seen the infamous brass magnet yet but it must be out there. Heck,
Ace even shows a Roach Magnet, Mosquito Magnet and, get this, an Odor Air
Magnet. Surely they must have one that sticks to brass.
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