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Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44991 11/18/04 11:11 AM
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Well, I did a google search on lock-nut wrenches and came up with this doozy.

Links to pictures because they are so large.
[Linked Image from premiertool.com]
http://www.premiertool.com/283ff420.jpg

It looks like a can opener on steroids! [Linked Image]

Wonder if it's worth looking into.

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Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44992 11/18/04 07:49 PM
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"Try it before you laugh to much. "

Too late, I just got off the floor!


Mark Heller
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Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44993 11/18/04 08:19 PM
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So now Klien makes the handy dandy not available anymore pliers, specificaly for the purpose.

Really? I was almost heartbroken for a moment.

Go to http://www.kleintools.com/ and do a search for D333-8:

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Product Index > Pliers > Long-Nose Pliers > D333-8

Conduit Locknut and Reaming Pliers
Additional features:
Tightens 1/2" and 3/4" EMT or 1/2" rigid locknuts.
Fits liquid tight fittings and caps.
Reams and smoothes both inside and outside of conduit.
Knurled jaws at nose tip pull wire or fish tape.
Machined nose fits snugly into locknut wings.

Still there... thank goodness!

Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44994 11/18/04 10:17 PM
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I've got a set of those pliers. If they weren't fairly good for reaming 1/2 and 3/4 thinwall, I'd send them to you for the price of shipping.

If you use them, be careful or use fairly thick gloves. You (I) generally have to use fingertips to hold the jaws down on the locknut, and they tend to bite without warning, when they jump off the locknut.

Often. [Linked Image]

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Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44995 11/18/04 10:37 PM
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I use those yellow klein pliers all the time. It is nice for making the pipe end round again. I use it for tightening connectors. But I grab the connector side. It's also my spare reamer.

Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44996 11/19/04 07:40 AM
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C'mon, now, be honest
Which of you hasn't used a screwdriver and "electrician's hammer" (Kleins) ?

Directly from Soares:


[Linked Image]

I saw one of those little locknut wrenches at the wholesalers, but when it broke off in my hand at the counter, I opted not to buy it.

Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44997 11/19/04 10:42 AM
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I've often wondered what is the correct OSHA way to tighten a locknut by tapping it and why Klien doesnt make a locknut "tapper" so people can work safely. People could be maimed for life!!!!! [Linked Image]

BTW, my friend got his issue resolved in his favor and the AHJ was gracious in conceding to his position. Good to hear that ego's were kept in check.


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Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44998 11/19/04 10:43 AM
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Perhaps what someone needs to do is create a pair of racheting pliers specifically designed for locknuts, where the racheting mechanism would tighten the locknut.

Just a thought...


No wire bias here- I'm standing on neutral ground.
Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #44999 11/19/04 11:06 AM
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Sir Arcsalot:

Or even just a "crow's foot" attachment for existing socket wrench handles!!! [Linked Image]

Car mechanics already have things like that, so the concept exists. Just someone has to come up with a new die to make them in the shape we need.

Picture the open end of a wrench, but intstead of a handle, you have a square hole. The post from the ratchet handle fits into this and it turns like a regular wrench.

They're a breeze to use.

Re: EMT locknuts for Grounding #45000 11/19/04 12:02 PM
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Yeah, I've used "crow's feet" before and they are indeed very handy (it was the ONLY way I could get the brake flex line off my old Chevy truck!!!).

There's just GOTTA be a better way than a screwdriver and brute force!!!!


No wire bias here- I'm standing on neutral ground.
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