PVC valve wrench

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Project by PaBull posted 03-23-2017 02:11 AM 1666 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this is high class engineering, but I was working on the pool, and I could not get this valve closed. And I was afraid that I would break the thing and have to replace it. So here you have it.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 02:45 AM

Cool beans! If ole arthur keeps getting worse in the hands I’m going need a couple of those.

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 03:06 AM

Thanks Old wood, those are some wise words

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 03:18 AM

Sweet idea. I had one of those on my main line feed for air compressor to the inside of the shop. Went to turn and like you it did not move. Got my pliers out and turned it, then it blew out completely. That was fun!!! New valve is metal. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 03:31 AM

I am just delaying the problem…

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 05:10 AM

I like your wrench.

I use similar (pvc pipe though) for the table and chuck key on my drill-press. The same wrench was made by me to fit both. I also use it to tighten the wing nuts that I use for jigs. I have another for the blade clamps on the scroll saw. they are very handy when your hands hurt.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 10:37 AM

Amen on hurting hands. My left hand is becoming more useful as time goes on. I like your idea to make something to provide an assist for your gradual (or not so gradual) shortcomings. Small things like slowing the drills down before the screw bottoms out to reduce the torque your hand gets from the drill. Maybe a forum would be useful for those who have not thought about making assistance tools. All contribute, readers could get useful ideas. Anyway, thanks for sharing PaBull. I’m sure someone will benefit.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 03-23-2017 02:52 PM

The hurting hands was a small part of the problem for me. I am 59 and I still have the strength, but the valve would not budge. And if I would use a wrench of some sort to force it, the tabs of the valve would break off, and I did not want to add to my project and replace the valve.
But I can see this working well for people that are looking the strength.
Take care.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 03-23-2017 07:00 PM

It’s a very nice shop made tool. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-23-2017 10:44 PM

Smiles, yes some of us need a helping hand.
Clever thinking.
Good to see your ‘face’ buddy.
Hope life is sweet to you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 03-24-2017 12:40 AM

Well documented : )

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