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Re: [TowerTalk] Two tools to tighten PL-259 connector shells

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Two tools to tighten PL-259 connector shells
From: "Ward Silver" <>
Reply-to: Ward Silver <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 13:26:19 -0600
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Point of order...these tools are actually "Spark plug BOOT pliers" and they are 
used to remove the rubber-like cap from around the plug.  They aren't strong 
enough to be spark plug wrenches that actually seat or extract the spark plug.  

So, no, if you've tightened the PL-259 with Real Pliers (tm) you won't be able 
to get it off with these.  The reason you use these in the first place is that 
you don't have enough clearance to get Real Pliers (tm) on the PL-259 to 
tighten OR loosen it.  The heavy-duty boot pliers have enough oomph to get the 
job done in tight quarters.

Note - there are light-duty versions of boot pliers that are not hefty enough.  
They are made of lighter-gauge sheet metal and can't grip the PL-259 firmly 
enough while applying torque.

73, Ward N0AX

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