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Big Mouth air vent update



  • Dan_NJ
    Dan_NJ Member Posts: 247
    You're not using the channel locks backwards by any chance? Basically you need to be pushing on the back so that the force is applied to clamp down harder on whatever you're gripping.
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,479
    I agree with @KC_Jones , I have a 12" Williamson open end that does a nice job and if it's an old vent I'll put a 30" helper on the handle. I find channel locks do more damage than good on something like that.

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,332
    Hello, I like old tools. Here is a photo of a Hoe wrench patented in 1922. The jaws are narrow and fit in places others don't. Also you don't have to grab the pipe straight on. It might be a good tool for this job. I find tools like this on Ebay.

    Yours, Larry
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,231
    Sailah said:

    You want to tape/pipe dope the NPT threads on the spud only.

    Do not put any pipe dope or tape on the body threads.

    The body seals to spud because of matched tapers and does not need any extra sealing.

    @Sailah I can't thank you enough for posting these sentences.

    I've given up on trying to get my guys to stop putting stuff on the face of the unions they install.

    Drives me nuts. Every time.
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, NYC Master Plumber, Lic 1784
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  • Sailah
    Sailah Member Posts: 826
    Start docking their pay, they'll figure it out quick!
    Peter Owens