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.