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Old 05-03-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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Ok, so I didn't invent this idea, but figured I'd put it up here b/c I looked around quite a bit before I found this as the only resolution to getting the elbowed shanks out of my crowded tower (2 taps).

If you're tower looks something like this (not mine, mine was worse with elbows on the shanks and closer together yet):


Then you need to make this:




Feel free to use a cheaper wrench - ACE was the closest place for me to run and not waste $5-10 on gas - so I sprung for an $11 wrench to dremel away at. I would say a 12 pt. wrench is required, but you could try with a 6pt. - I don't know what results you will get though.

I started by taking out 2 "teeth" with my dremel and a metal cutoff wheel. Amazing how easy it cut through this expensive wrench - LOL. That wasn't enough to get it in between my faucet shanks, so I took out 2 more teeth to get what you see. Went in perfectly on both shank nuts and I had them off in seconds.

Would work with 1 1/16" wrench just the same of course, if thats what size yours are...

Hope this helps someone save some headache. I bought a custom spanner wrench/tool from beveragefactory, tried needlenose, tried other adjustable wrenches. This is the only thing that worked for me.


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Old 05-03-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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That's a good way to do it. If the tool doesn't work right, modify it. I have a box full of specialty wrenches that I've modified for specific purposes. Unfortunately, I can't always remember what I modified a particular wrench for.


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Old 05-03-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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Going to the tool store on the way home today. I have this EXACT problem and have been wondering what to do...

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:03 PM   #4
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That's a good way to do it. If the tool doesn't work right, modify it. I have a box full of specialty wrenches that I've modified for specific purposes. Unfortunately, I can't always remember what I modified a particular wrench for.
LOL - I plan to keep this one with my beer equipment... then I'll never forget what its for!
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:05 PM   #5
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Going to the tool store on the way home today. I have this EXACT problem and have been wondering what to do...

++ and a toast to you.
Not a problem man - I looked around long and hard before I found the solution and tried multiple things that didn't work. I was sure the beverage factory tool would work, so I sprung the $10 + shipping and it was a waste...

This was cheaper and works wayyyyy better.

Also, I don't even think I found the solution for it on this site initially either, so I'm glad me creating a new post (on something that wasn't exactly my idea) could help at least someone!
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:30 AM   #6
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LOL - I plan to keep this one with my beer equipment... then I'll never forget what its for!
Use that dremel to engrave its use on the handle! Cheers!

 
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:48 PM   #7
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Now modify the other end to be a faucet wrench

 
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:56 PM   #8
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Saw one of these on www.micromatic.com, figured I could make one as well, unfortunately, my shank nuts are 1-1/16" and I could only source a wrench from Sears in that size (still cheaper than buying a shank nut removal tool).





Works perfectly in here:


My dremel said F-U to that wrench!
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:42 PM   #9
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Is 1 inch pretty standard or is 1 and 1/16th more standard for shanks?

 
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:08 AM   #10
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There are some shanks that are 1 1/16. I built the same wrench after seeing one at micromatic's website. Another cheap place to find individual odd wrenches is pawn shops.



 
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