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  1. #1
    DemoDisk
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    Default Almost lost a socket


    I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
    plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
    the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.

    I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
    and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
    ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
    hardware store.

    Thanks,
    Jm





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    Hachiroku ハチロク
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    On Mon, 05 Apr 2010 18:29:34 -0500, DemoDisk wrote:

    >
    > I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark plug
    > port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls the
    > socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
    >
    > I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
    > and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
    > ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
    > hardware store.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jm


    I just put the extension back on it, tilt it a little and pull.




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    Ray O
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    "DemoDisk" <packrat@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:e-OdnQLYgYJ87CfWnZ2dnUVZ_qKdnZ2d@yournetplus.com...
    >
    > I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark
    > plug port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls
    > the socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.
    >
    > I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
    > and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
    > ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
    > hardware store.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jm
    >

    Are you talking about the rubber ring/sponge inside the socket or a ring
    inside the spark plug well? In either case, I would imagine that the ring
    is removable. If the extension is worn, try one with a newer retaining
    ball.
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



  4. #4
    DemoDisk
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    "Ray O" wrote...
    > Are you talking about the rubber ring/sponge inside the socket or a

    ring
    > inside the spark plug well? In either case, I would imagine that the

    ring
    > is removable. If the extension is worn, try one with a newer

    retaining
    > ball.
    > --
    >
    > Ray O


    Hi, Ray;

    The valve cover has deep plug wells and it's a ring inside the well. The
    socket has no foam plug-grabber inside it.



  5. #5
    Ray O
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    "DemoDisk" <packrat@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:-badne5nFr6e5ybWnZ2dnUVZ_vydnZ2d@yournetplus.com...
    >
    > "Ray O" wrote...
    >> Are you talking about the rubber ring/sponge inside the socket or a

    > ring
    >> inside the spark plug well? In either case, I would imagine that the

    > ring
    >> is removable. If the extension is worn, try one with a newer

    > retaining
    >> ball.
    >> --
    >>
    >> Ray O

    >
    > Hi, Ray;
    >
    > The valve cover has deep plug wells and it's a ring inside the well. The
    > socket has no foam plug-grabber inside it.
    >


    OK, try a locking extension like this one:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=99882

    If the link doesn't work, go to www.harborfreight.com and look up item #
    99882-1vga

    I would imagine that Sears hardware also has something similar.
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



  6. #6
    in2dadark
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    Default Re: Almost lost a socket

    On Apr 5, 7:48 pm, Hachiroku ハチロク <Tru...@e86.GTS> wrote:
    > On Mon, 05 Apr 2010 18:29:34 -0500, DemoDisk wrote:
    >
    > > I need something strong to retrieve a wrench socket from a deep spark plug
    > > port. There's a rubber ring inside to keep out dust, and it pulls the
    > > socket right off the extension bar when you try to withdraw it.

    >
    > > I just barely managed to fish it out with one of those 3-prong grabbers,
    > > and I'd like to know what you would use. Even better if it's some
    > > ordinary thing around the house instead of a specialty item from a
    > > hardware store.

    >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Jm

    >
    > I just put the extension back on it, tilt it a little and pull.


    Some extensions don't bite the socket as well as they should. Maybe he
    should try a diff. extension..

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