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Old 30th June 2014, 00:15   #736
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I have the flexible shaft in one of my sets. It is quite stiff and might manage to bypass a small obstruction, but would never do a tight right angle.

In fact, I never used it, and forgot it was there until I was looking for ideas for drsingh's problem.
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Old 1st July 2014, 19:13   #737
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What do I need to work with screws like this in a restricted space?

A ratchet with a Philips bit? Are these available separately or can I do without a ratchet?
I have finally bought a tool for the job. I'm going to have to cut it off to make it more useful, but its a permanent and solid addition to my tool set.



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Behold the tap wrench!

I'm going to cut off one arm and get a shorter Philips bit instead of the two in one.

Thanks for all the inputs ☺
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Old 2nd July 2014, 00:40   #738
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The idea is good, but I think that you are going to spend a lot longer with a hacksaw cutting that arm off than you might think! Oh well, you only have to do that once.
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Old 5th July 2014, 18:13   #739
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Finally bought this, from

http://www.machpowertools.com/bosch-...ame=bosch%2032

It was ordered online, and arrived in 3 days flat, Aramex! Free shipping. There was an offer ongoing, and I got it for 749. I see now, that it's sold out!

As mentioned elsewhere, I have quite a few handles, so it was just the set of bits that I wanted: (...or needed!)

The topside:
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The bottom side:
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Its Chinese, but fairly compact, with a belt-clip:

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Inside, are 32 attachments of sorts, not chrome or nickel plated, but:

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The extender is something I like:
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The bit wont go in till you unlock and lock: you can retract the tip

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Locked and in place, and its magnetic!

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I used it today, much better than other ebay type trash, but not quite "the one" I had hoped it would be. The finish and general appearance is very Euro style! The T20 Torx head already seems a bit "flaky" after I tightened a few screws. I mean, the dull "soft iron" finish has worn off at 2 or 3 spots, and I can see shiny iron beneath...lets see if it rusts. There is a warranty, anyway! Torque ratings have not been mentioned anywhere.
OK'ish buy....only time will tell, if it's worth the price!

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Hi, guys need help in purchasing an 2-3 ton Ratchet Arbour press, any information on where to buy in Bangalore or Chennai will be of great help.

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... 2-3 ton Ratchet Arbour press, any information on where to buy in Bangalore ...
SJP Road, or the lanes between SJP Road and SP Lane, starting near the mosque in City Market. There is also one shop on NR Road but I am not recollecting the name - it is about 100m before the overpass starts, on the left.
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Old 12th July 2014, 21:25   #742
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I want to clean the engine air filter and the cabin air filter myself. Unfortunately the household vacuum cleaner I have does not have a blower. And I see that in vacuum mode, it can't effectively suck the dust from the filters at all. I have a 12V compressor that's designed to inflate the tyres. I have been trying to use it to blow and clean the filters. However, it does not work until actually connected to the tyre valve. Looks like I have to somehow push the pin manually to make it blow. Is there an easy way? Should I remove a tyre valve and press it against the blower pin to work on the filters?

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Old 12th July 2014, 22:08   #743
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You should not be pressure-cleaning an air filter: buy a new one!

My funny experience with a Maruti Swift air filter: I very carefully removed everything, leaves, dust, fluff, etc, that I possible could, using paint brush, vacuum cleaner, etc. I spent some time getting it as "clean" as I possibly could.

Luckily, I discovered my error: the "fluff" I removed wasn't dirt: it was part of the filter.



I got a new one.

Unless it is designed for re-use (if you fitted some performance, third party thing it might be) the best you can do is knock the dust off and lightly clean the engine air filter.

It's a cheap component, and your engine benefits from a clear, free supply of clean air. Do not compromise on this one!
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Yes, blowing with very high pressure nozzle can rupture the filter, if that's what you mean. But light cleaning is possible. I have seen VW service guys doing it during the first 6 monthly checkup. As the service life of the air filter is 15000km or 1 year, I am thinking I can clean it every once in a while.

This 12V compressor I have can not generate very high air pressure. It's quite weak actually, so it should be safe to clean the filter with it. BTW, I checked again, it blows even if it's not tied to the tyre valve. Not sure why it did not work the last time I tried that (may be I overlooked). Tomorrow, I will try cleaning the filter and update on how it goes.
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Normally with paper element air filter, you just tap it on a flat hard surface and any loose dirt comes off. Beyond that cleaning is not recommended as vigorous brushing/air blowing will damage the filter element and in process create openings big enough for larger particle enter the engine. So it is best to change dirty filters as they are not very expensive.
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I have a leaky tap. Most probably a washer change is required. What tools do I need to fix this? To remove the pipe and fix it back- Just spanner? Any glue used?

In case my attempt fails, how can i ensure i block the water getting drained out till i find a plumber?
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I have a leaky tap. Most probably a washer change is required. What tools do I need to fix this? To remove the pipe and fix it back- Just spanner? Any glue used?

In case my attempt fails, how can i ensure i block the water getting drained out till i find a plumber?
The best tool is a "Pipe Wrench", either 6" or 12".
Different taps require different methods.
1. If it is a single lever mixer type tap, you can do nothing and have to change the whole assembly.

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2. If it is a "Quarter Turn" tap,

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it will have a ceramic cartridge, and you have to replace the cartridge or the whole tap. This is a specialists job.
3. If it the older type brass tap with a "T" for regulating then

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. Use the pipe wrench to open up the top part of the body - it has a hex shape for the wrench/spanner.
. Once the top is unscrewed, lift it off.
. The washer with its carrier will be there in the cavity.
. Lift it, and unscrew the retaining screw. Then pries the washer away.
. Replace the washer and screw in the screw.
. Screw the top back.
NOTE.
- If possible close the water to this connection, normally that means accessing the tank and identifying the relevant pipe and its control valve.
- Unscrew the tap lever fully before dismantling.

4. If it is the newer type
. Pry the top cover with a small screw driver.
. Use a screw driver to unscrew the retaining screw
. Use a small wooden piece or a spanner to loosen the knob and push it up
. After that it is the same mechanism as the above tap, so follow the steps.

NOTE
- At times the washer will be of larger diameter than the original. Use a smaller one, or if not available shave it with a blade.
- It is wise to stop the water to the tap, else the water gushing out from it, will not only mess up the location, but you may also loose the washer carrier.

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The best tool is a "Pipe Wrench", either 6" or 12".
Different taps require different methods.
Thanks a lot Aroy. Will tryout coming weekend
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Old 15th July 2014, 15:40   #749
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The water tap in my balcony has broken. The screw end is still intact in the wall. Unless and until I unscrew this part and remove, I cannot fit another tap. What are my options? Screw end is this,
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Image above is just for illustration purposes taken from google. My tap isn't brass, but steel(cheap quality).
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If you can still get hold of it you can probably unscrew it with a larger plier. If it does not open with that you can also look at cutting it with a dremel along its length. That way it should get weak and then you can remove it with pliers by bending it. But the best method would be to unscrew it.
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