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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 08:18 AM
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Being old enough to qualify using the term "in the old days"...............

We just kept pulling taps out of the trays until we found the diameter and thread pitch that matched the bolt. You would know when you hit the right pitch when the threads of the bolt married perfectly to the threads on the tap.

My tap and die set seldom gets used unless the bolt hole is really bugged up. For the purpose of just cleaning out old thread locker, I've found that acetone squirted into the hole and then chased in and out with a clean bolt works well with less risk of making the situation worse.
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That’s a cost effective alternative to an experienced hand. Put a new tap in an inexperienced hand and they’re likely to cut new threads and do more damage than anything else. Just sayin’
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Well let's just hope he has a experienced hand. But if the threads are not bad and just dirty then it shouldn't be difficult if he just takes his time and go slow.


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[QUOTE=wevsspot;4608845]Being old enough to qualify using the term "in the old days"...............

We just kept pulling taps out of the trays until we found the diameter and thread pitch that matched the bolt. You would know when you hit the right pitch when the threads of the bolt married perfectly to the threads on the tap.

Exactly, but also being old enough I'd thought i'd do it smarter really I don't think any of the threads are messed up, it's just about cleaning up/out so when reinstalling, everything goes in nice and is properly torqued. It never hurts to have a quality set of taps if you ever had to chase something, but thats a whole nutter discussion.

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Exactly, but also being old enough I'd thought i'd do it smarter really I don't think any of the threads are messed up, it's just about cleaning up/out so when reinstalling, everything goes in nice and is properly torqued. It never hurts to have a quality set of taps if you ever had to chase something......
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pfffft…...Thread Pitch Gauge, come'on guys
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Here's a tip I learned a long time ago when I was first starting out building machines.
Don't fall in love with your taps. Unless you buy carbide, the cheap taps don't last. They weaken quickly, and you don't want a broken tap in a shitty spot.
Use a good lubricant. WD40 is not a good lubricant. Tap Magic is.
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Thread gauge sometimes helps if your dealing with something that has both metric and SAE threads, or you can do like most of us and lay the tap threads into the bolt threads and when they match up your right. Watch because some metric bolts and SAE are close matches but are not exact. Use a lubricant for cutting threads will work better than WD-40 or something like that unless you happen to be dealing with SS then you might be surprised what just using water will do. If you are only chasing or cleaning threads if it takes much effort to turn the tap, stop, something is wrong. And just a tip...If you drop your tap on the concrete floor and it bounces around a few times do yourself a favor and when you pick it up walk straight to the trash can with it. Learned that one the hard way
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