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I have to clean out some threads that are down in a hinge pocket. The length of my tap (3/8 24) plus the length of my tap handle aren't long enough to reach all the way through the threads. It will make about two threads then the T handle hits. I can't get a wrench or anything on the tap that will work. I need a longer tap, longer tap handle, or if i could find a socket that will fit on the end of the tap. All the taps I have found are the same length as the one i have, same thing with the T handles i have found. Anyone ever heard of a tap socket? I am open for suggestions. Thanks

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tap sockets available here http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/lis70500.html
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I have to clean out some threads that are down in a hinge pocket. The length of my tap (3/8 24) plus the length of my tap handle aren't long enough to reach all the way through the threads. It will make about two threads then the T handle hits. I can't get a wrench or anything on the tap that will work. I need a longer tap, longer tap handle, or if i could find a socket that will fit on the end of the tap. All the taps I have found are the same length as the one i have, same thing with the T handles i have found. Anyone ever heard of a tap socket? I am open for suggestions. Thanks
Sears has them sockets square for pipe plugs that i use and a little duct tape ,or pin magnet to retreve tap .
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I have seen sockets that are an '8 point' in some of the ying yang (cheapo) socket and ratchet sets.
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i just rememberd , some taps are the same as 1/4 " and 3/8 " drives .
use a socket and a long bolt double nutted on thread end and then use a socket and ratchet .
a little duct tape to hold the tap and socket to bolt head .

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Two more ideas. Oftentimes a 12 point socket will work, take your tap and try it in your different std or metric sockets. If all else fails, longer taps are available, they are called pulley taps and are used for tapping set screw holes in pulleys. Good luck, Jim.
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weld ext.

I bought a box of tools at an Estate sale. there were a few taps that had steel rod extensions welded to them. I would only use them to clean out existing holes not to tap new ones. they were probably heat treated after welding. controlled slow cool down.
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Thanks to all that replied. All the replies inspired me to look around in my tool boxes again. I found a Stanley kit that has a lot of screw driver bits in it along with a ratcheting screwdriver. Anyway it also had a bit called a bit holder. The bit holder along with some duct tape, I was able to get the threads cleaned out. Thanks again to all for the help...
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I have to clean out some threads that are down in a hinge pocket. The length of my tap (3/8 24) plus the length of my tap handle aren't long enough to reach all the way through the threads. It will make about two threads then the T handle hits. I can't get a wrench or anything on the tap that will work. I need a longer tap, longer tap handle, or if i could find a socket that will fit on the end of the tap. All the taps I have found are the same length as the one i have, same thing with the T handles i have found. Anyone ever heard of a tap socket? I am open for suggestions. Thanks
Do you have a vise?
I've found that the least expensive (and fastest) way to fix this is by squeezing a nut onto the square end of the tap.
Depending on the tap size, you'll use either a 3/8, 5/16, or 1/4, inch nut.
Then you can use a socket and ratchet, as well as a box end wrench, or open end, or t-handle, or speed handle.
The tap is tool steel and much harder than the mild steel nut, just squeeze the two together in the vise, and there ya go!

edit: I've also used a brass hammer (in the absense of a vise) to drive the tap into the nut.
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