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Old 05-27-2012, 06:47 PM
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Tip of the day 5-27-12

I think we have talked about this before but it is SUCH a valuable tip that just saved my Sunday I figured I post it again. I was putting a nut on the back of a little #8 machine screw that was holding the check strap bracket into the A pillar door jamb. This part was originally welded, the PO bolted it in with some funky screws. Being I didn't want to go thru the whole welding and painting I just got some better screws (stainless steel with a nylon lock nut) and be done. Well it was not designed to be putting a nut on the back of a screw, there was very little room and it was very difficult to get in there. So I did the old 3m Strip caulk (commonly called "Dum dum") Click here trick.

A little ball of the dum dum on your finger and stick the nut on there then you don't have to "Hold" it. It made this VERY difficult job easy as pie.

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NICE! I have used masking tape wrapped inside out when no dum dum was available
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Great idea. I have wrapped masking tape around my finger inside out. I like your idea better. Could get it right on the tip of your finger. Thanks for posting.

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GREAT tip, MARTINSR. This is one of those that makes me wish I would have thought of it!
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if you can get a socket & ratchet in the area, here is another tip......

tear a corner off a paper towel & push the nut into the socket with the piece of towel partially inside the socket. it will hold the nut in the socket until it is tightened.

this also works using a box end wrench.
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I've done the same thing wit a dab of silicone. a great tip, thanks for sharing, Brian.
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That "Dum dum" is good for all kinds of things. My 27 year old daughter was telling me on Saturday things she remembered about my shop. She says she would get the dum dum and make little animals and people out of it and put it in the sand from my sand blaster making them look like they were made from sand. I am thinking this next Christmas I am going to give her a box of dum dum. No kidding, along with a real present, but she sure has fond memories of that so I think I'll get her a box.

The paper in the socket is also a good one, it wouldn't have worked as well in this case because it was SOOOO hard to get it in there. It was hard enough getting the socket on the nut after it was on the screw to tighten it up. There was NO WAY it could have been tightened on the nut side, it had to be held while the screw was turned from the outside. But yes that is a good trick. I have used dum dum for that as well, but if you don't have any, or don't want to get up and go get it from the cabinet..... there's always a piece of paper lying around.

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