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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: "Stan Labinsky Jr." <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:14:36 -0500
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Well, if you're looking for a tool to do the job, and if you have brazing 
equipment, such can be made from a 3" long piece of  3/4" i.d. pipe and a 
cheap pair of either slip joint pliers AKA gas pliers or water-pump pliers.

First, grind out some of the jaw material (on both jaws) so that the tool 
will fit around the pipe with the handles in the normal closed position.

Then braze the piece of pipe into the modified jaws of the chosen pliers and 
when cool, make two hacksaw cuts along the length of the pipe so that the 
two halves will be attached, one to each jaw of the pliers.  But, the cut 
has to be even, so both halves will be of equal size.

You may have to file the cut edges of the pipe to make sure they close 
enough to make contact with the PL's barrel, but it will work and have the 
grip needed to turn a stubborn connector.  If it slips too much, take a 
center punch and dimple the inside of the pipe where it contacts the shell 
of the connector.

I made a similar tool to loosen and snug up the Mini-UHF plugs on MaxTrac 
and Radius lo-band radios, which can be a real pain to get to if the radio 
is mounted in tight quarters.  Makes an annoying job almost easy... just 
have to be REAL careful that you are not cross threading the connector... an 
all to easy thing to do with the Mini's.

If my description is not clear I can take an image of the tool mentioned, 
just would need to know how to disseminate it through the reflector.

Stan, K2STN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ward Silver" <>
To: "Towertalk Reflector" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Two tools to tighten PL-259 connector shells

> 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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