On 2/9/2014 10:20 AM, Swingman wrote:
> On 2/9/2014 8:55 AM, Jeff Thies wrote:
>> I needed a 16mm to remove a faucet a day ago. Every metric set I have
>> jumps from 15 to 17...
> Damned faucet manufacturers seem to delight in making attachment 'non
> standard', particularly when dealing with "cartridges" and their
> replacement installation.
> I'm still waiting on Kohler to deliver parts for two, 12 year old
> faucets, on the same vanity, which failed within days of each other.
> Synchronized obsolescence.
I'm afraid this goes way back and wasn't invented in Asia.
Back in the early Seventies I managed to shear off the threaded portion
of a microphone stand (in a particularly foolish way) and decided to see
if I could avoid buying a new one.
There was a tool & die place just up the block from my parents' house. I
showed it to the guy, who - although there'd probably have been no
profit in it - said he could rethread it quickly for just a few bucks.
I said that would be great. He took out a gauge of some kind and tried
to match it up with the mating threads. Nope, too coarse. He grabbed the
next one. Nope. Too fine. With a puzzled look he explained that 27
threads per inch was what was needed, apparently unique to the mike
stand trade. And still the case, I believe.