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Old 08-12-2015, 09:34 PM   #15
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Al & Patti; sorry to hear about your misfortune. Good luck on the rest of your trip.
How s Patti's knee doing?
It was good meeting you two at Moraine View and than seeing you again at Thomson
When is it you are due in Maine?

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:46 AM   #16
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With a torque wrench, extending it with a breaker bar will make it easier to use but the wrench will click the same way when you reach the foot lbs. you set it at.

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At the risk of having a corner torn off my Man Card......

My torque wrench came with a little instruction book, and I actually read the directions. OK, let the jokes begin now....

The instructions say that an extension will NOT throw off the torque measurements as long as it's in line with the socket and the connection on the wrench. So as long as you have a 90 degree angle between the handle and the end of the socket, you're golden. Where you get into trouble is if you use one of those "knuckle" type connectors between the wrench and the socket (the kind of fitting that lets you bend around things and reach into odd places that a straight line extension can't get into).

Oh, and it doesn't matter how long your "extension" is. As long as it stays 90 degrees to the handle.

Hope this muddies the water some.

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Old 08-13-2015, 07:47 AM   #18
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Absolutely right!

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At the risk of having a corner torn off my Man Card......

My torque wrench came with a little instruction book, and I actually read the directions. OK, let the jokes begin now....

The instructions say that an extension will NOT throw off the torque measurements as long as it's in line with the socket and the connection on the wrench. So as long as you have a 90 degree angle between the handle and the end of the socket, you're golden. Where you get into trouble is if you use one of those "knuckle" type connectors between the wrench and the socket (the kind of fitting that lets you bend around things and reach into odd places that a straight line extension can't get into).

Oh, and it doesn't matter how long your "extension" is. As long as it stays 90 degrees to the handle.

Hope this muddies the water some.

Jim
Jim has it right. Extensions that keep the socket in line with the drive part on the wrench handle do not change torque. They just enable us to use the wrench without busting our knuckles on the tire.

Extensions that have the effect of making the wrench handle longer, or shorter, are the ones that affect torque. There is a formula to calculate how much it changes, but you find that in aircraft work, not lug nuts.
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My DW comments that a "knuckle", however useful in some applications, is seldom an adequate substitute for a sturdy extension. There is also commentary on the extension of my extension, but that has be redacted...


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Old 08-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #20
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When you are senior citizen, you are allowed to read instructions without risking your man card. I find that reading them helps save time unless they were badly translated from Chinese. Then all bets are off.

I think a knuckle on my extension could be quite interesting if I could lock it straight or unlock it and try a different direction. I guess the safest thing would be to consult a surgeon.

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Arriving SEAWALL campground on August 20 for two weeks of biking and popovers. Come on up a meet the rest of the family...bring cookies.

We just landed in upper New York Coles Creek SP. we have six days to skirt north of Champlain , cross VERMONT and New Hampshire and get to SEAWALL . All suggestions for an itinerary will be appreciated



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