Socket set troubles

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Socket set troubles

Postby smithcorp » Tue May 30, 2017 2:04 pm

Hi all - I have a sea kayak that needs the front grab handles replaced. The handle is held on by bolts with lock nuts, with the lock nuts inside the boat. I can't reach the nuts from the hatch, so I got a long extension piece that looks like this: Image

Into the end of this I can fit an angled adapter like this:

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that theoretically allows me to fit a socket that will get me onto the nut. However, I'm stuffed if I can find the male socket piece that will let me attach a socket onto the end of the adapter - I need a male to male socket that lets the end of my contraption look like this.

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Re: Socket set troubles

Postby ysu » Tue May 30, 2017 2:51 pm

I fail to see where the problem is.
Why do you need a male end at the top?

Normally with these sort of setups you put the socket onto the male end of #1 extension rod.
Then connect the #2 angled adapter male to the #1 extension female.
Then the #3 plugs into the remaining female end and bob's your uncle.
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Re: Socket set troubles

Postby smithcorp » Wed May 31, 2017 7:54 am

The area I need to work in is narrow and shallow (I wasn't clear in my explanation). I need the length to reach the nut, but then I need the socket to be at 90 degrees to the wrench. I've added a sketch.
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Re: Socket set troubles

Postby ysu » Wed May 31, 2017 8:56 am

Ah, I see.
I reckon all you need is a piece of pipe, simply, to put on the handle of the wrench to extend it. We've used that solution often. If it's exactly at 90 degrees at the end it's the ratcheting socket handle (#3) what you need there, it's perfect.
Otherwise use the angle attach (#2) at the end. That'll be a pretty tough one since the nuts are on the upper side - maybe having the kayak upside down on something - to prevent the socket slipping off - and coming in from below would make it easier in that case.

There are special tools like this below, but I don't think you really need that, only a pipe to extend the handle.

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Re: Socket set troubles

Postby smithcorp » Wed May 31, 2017 3:41 pm

Cheers ysu

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Re: Socket set troubles

Postby wobblysauce » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:02 pm

Unsure why you need to extention and swivel though, looking at that drawing.


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