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Technical TOOLS, sheetmetal clamps for holding patch panels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by manyolcars, Mar 9, 2004.

  1. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,394

    manyolcars

    The rich guys can 1-800 with their credit cards. They are $8.00 each. The rest of us can make 20 of these in about 30 minutes. I use 3/4 EMT, 5/16 bolt, cut off head, hacksaw a slot to braze a piece of banding material, add a washer and a nut. I always finger tighten. The banding material leaves just the right gap to weld. Put a hole in the banding and use a headless nail
     

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  2. momentumfoto
    Joined: Jan 9, 2004
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    Sorry about this but WTF is it? I am a lil slow I guess. hehe
     
  3. Smokin Joe
    Joined: Mar 19, 2002
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    It's a goddamit for adjusting the thingamajig on yer whatchyacallit.
    1/4 turn on the nut gives you 1 RCH. Got that?

    Dang FNGs [​IMG]
     
  4. Hot Rod To Hell
    Joined: Aug 19, 2003
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    I was wondering the same thing, but I was just waiting for a second post to tell how to use it or somethin'!! [​IMG]
     

  5. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    COOL!

    I bet you could make them spring loaded too.

    Paul
     
  6. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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    I'm thinking it is a clamp to hold two pieces of sheet metal together for welding...hey I need to make some of those.

    It would probably be a little easier to grasp if you showed it in use.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Neal
     
  7. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
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    It's a homemade version of a commercial clamp that holds and spaces sheetmetal for welding. See your Eastwood catalog.
     
  8. laverda
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  9. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
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    EXCELLENT. That will save Hambers thousands of dollars in birth control. [​IMG]

    Necessity is the mother of invention!

    THANK YOU.

    -r
     
  10. [ QUOTE ]
    It's a goddamit for adjusting the thingamajig on yer whatchyacallit.
    1/4 turn on the nut gives you 1 RCH. Got that?

    Dang FNGs [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Yeah but how do ya git yer spring action adjusted wit a 1/4 turn? Me thinks you need a 35 weight, fine threaded angle hammer.
     
  11. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
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    manyolcars

    [ QUOTE ]
    I'm thinking it is a clamp to hold two pieces of sheet metal together for welding...hey I need to make some of those.

    It would probably be a little easier to grasp if you showed it in use.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Neal

    [/ QUOTE ] a gold star for Neal. I'm sorry it wasnt clear. These clamps are great for holding patch panels. At $8 each 20 of'em could cost you $160 plus shipping. I'd prefer to spend the money on things I cant make. I looked at Lokars shifters and made 2 of them already. Heres a pic of the clamps in use, top and bottom. No springs are needed, I dont even use a wrench to tighten them.
     

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  12. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
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    manyolcars

    the bottom
     

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  13. Hot Rod To Hell
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    Wow! That makes a lot more sense now!!! [​IMG]
     
  14. 34Fordtk
    Joined: May 30, 2002
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    Pretty slick idea there Manyolcars,now do the shifter tech and you will be even higher in the running.
     
  15. happy hoppy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2001
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    I see ! , ( said the blind rat )

    Iam makin' me some !

    thanks!
     
  16. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    yes, please do the shifter tech also.

    this one is fantastic, it gets my vote for now.


    jerry
     
  17. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
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    Thanks for the tip. I'll go and get the stuff to make them tomorrow. I'm gunna do some panels repairs on my coupe in the next month or so.
     
  18. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    That one gets my tech award vote!
     
  19. 67Imp.Wagon
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    I think I'm gonna have to make some of those.
     
  20. k-member
    Joined: May 25, 2002
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    Great tech! The lucky star casting is way cool too, but I can go out to the "Garahe" and make some now! So much crap laying around,I would'nt even have to leave,it's like a FREEBIE! Thanks,this one get my vote. It's so simple, but so effective. Good One.
     
  21. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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    I have seen them in books and stuff but that's a great idea!! Thanks for the back side picture.Helps a ton! I make springs for a living so that parts easy and the rest I'll put togeather today! Thanks for the tech....
     
  22. Very good tech tip. Best I've seen this week. The Right tool for the job always helps the outcome.
    Gets my vote too.
     
  23. river1
    Joined: May 12, 2001
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    great tip!!!


    FWIW you can get the eastwood (4 for $25) at harbor freight for 8 for $4.99.

    later jim
     
  24. rusty210
    Joined: Feb 21, 2004
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    Does anyone know the part # or what they're called at Harbor Freight? I've looked there and never had any luck.
     
  25. fitzee
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
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    Well!!!I know what I`m making tonite.Very cool.thanks

    fitzee
     
  26. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
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    Cool, now that you finally explained it. Great idea, I'm gonna make me some.
     
  27. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
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    looks like using a wingnut would make it just that much easier to use...
     
  28. Rocknrod
    Joined: Jan 2, 2003
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    SO... If your welding a blind hole... how do ya retrieve your nail? [​IMG]
     
  29. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    [ QUOTE ]
    SO... If your welding a blind hole... how do ya retrieve your nail? [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Very few holes are completely blind so where ever there is a small opening (rain drain?) you could use a long enough piece of wire, welding rod, whatever, sticking out that hole instead of the nail and pull it out through that hole.
     
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  30. Feex
    Joined: Jan 20, 2020
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    Feex

    One of the problems with butt welding with any of those clamps is blow-through, wire pushing through the gap, inconsistent welds across the seam and uneven heating.
    The Highland Tool Copper E-Clamp utilizes an integral copper backer to support the weld and give more consistent welds. Check out highlandtool.org
     

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