[TowerTalk] Spreading HD Thimbles
Steve Sawyers n0yvy
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 04:45:59 -0500
I use two 24" smooth jawed monkey wrenches to give me enough leverage to
"twist" them open. Pipe wrenches will also work. I do it on the tail
gate of my truck rather tahn on the ground.
- when in doubt get a bigger hammer - or a longer lever ;-)
de n0yvy steve
K4RO Kirk Pickering wrote:
> What is the best method to spread the opening of the heavy duty
> 3/8" and 1/2" thimbles? I'm finding the 3/8" ones a considerable
> challenge in the field, and just doable with a vise on the bench.
> The 1/2" ones I can't even spread on the bench vise using a small vise
> and vise grips; forget about field installation. I'm talking about the
> very heavy duty thimbles here, and not the mickey mouse ones from home
> depot which can be spread with a butter knife.
> I'm attempting it with a vise-grip and a 10" crescent wrench (yes
> that's probably my problem.) I know that they must be "twisted" open,
> and can't be (easily) "pried" open. What are you using to successfully
> get a good enough grip and sufficient leverage to open and close a 1/2"
> HD thimble? Any tips much appreciated.
> -Kirk K4RO
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