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RSS By: Dan Anderson, Farm Journal

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

In The Shop: Another Use For Vise-Grips

Feb 24, 2012

 In this month's Farm Journal Magazine I authored a story that looks at the way we use WD-40, duct tape, zip ties and Vise-Grips to fix just about anything that needs to be fixed on farms. Mike McGuire from down in Munday, Texas, emailed me a great tip on modifying a pair of Vise-Grips to help remove seals. He says to:

"Remove the adjusting screw from the Vice-Grips and replace it with a long bolt or all-thread with a nut and washer of the same size with a piece of cold rolled steel shaft with a hole drilled through it for a slide hammer.  To remove a seal, drill a small hole in the seal, thread a self-tapping screw into the seal, leaving enough sticking out to attach the Vice-Grips.  The slide hammer will make quick work of removing the seal."

Great idea! I've used a self-tapping screw and Vise-Grips to pry out seals, but I really like the idea of creating a Vise-Grip slide hammer. That's a tool that would be handy for more than removing seals. 

Thanks, Mike!

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