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light fixture tool ? #75865 03/13/07 06:32 PM
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Anyone know of a tool that fits over the knobs that usually holds light fixtures to the hanging bracket, so you don't have to use your sidecutters to tighten it up. This usually messes the paint up on the knob. I've tried a 5/16 nut driver before but it don't work too good. Thanks for the help. Steve...

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Re: light fixture tool ? #75866 03/13/07 09:27 PM
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I always just use my fingers. If you push in on the canopy while getting the nut as tight as you can with your fingers it will be pretty tight when you let up on the canopy. If not, you might have to shorten the screws.

The thing that ticks me off is the threads are not the same as SAE threads. If you cut the outer end of the screws off you will never get the cap nut to go back on, and you can't re thread it with your Kliens. So you have to cut the back side after it is threaded thru the strap.

Re: light fixture tool ? #75867 03/13/07 11:21 PM
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Several wraps of electrical tape on the jaws of channellocks/sidecutters/needlenose/lockring pliers is my secret. Also good for bending chain links without damaging the finish

Re: light fixture tool ? #75868 03/14/07 12:16 AM
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I second the tape method.

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Make sure you use the marking tape and not 3M 33+. The 33+ will leave a black goo.

Re: light fixture tool ? #75870 03/14/07 10:01 PM
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I suppose if you were handy you could put some soft jaws on a pair of slip joint pliers. They do sell soft jaw pliers but they are spendy.


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Re: light fixture tool ? #75871 03/14/07 10:23 PM
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Mig welder? laugh

Re: light fixture tool ? #75872 03/14/07 11:28 PM
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Ditto all of the above - However I have on a few occassions ommitted the little balls for 8/32 stainless hex head cap screws. I needed 2 for something a few years ago, and have been driving the other 98 of them around from job to job - so I unload them at every opprotunity. From a distance they look kind of decoritive.


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