From: JayC on 20 Nov 2009 13:14
I needed a 9mm open-end wrench to hold the motor shaft during a recent
Kirby teardown - I own(ed) only one, which was suspiciously absent.
Odd, since no machine on the planet (with the exception of the Kirby
shaft) is made using 9mm fasteners. After failing with pliers and
vice grips, my project was on hold until I replaced the missing
wrench. I went on a search, and quickly found that 9mm wrenches
aren't included with wrench sets, as a general rule. It falls with
just similarly elusive 15mm and 18mm sizes, I guess. Anyway, after
looking at a dozen different places unsuccessfully, I ended up at
Sears, where I could get a single 9mm Craftsman wrench for $6.
However, I also found an inexpensive 10 wrench set that actually
included 9mm for only $9, which is what I bought.
The set was made by Evolv, which is evidently a newish line carried by
Sears. The wrenches are polished chrome with a smooth finish and
somewhat feminine lines - very pretty tools. I wonder if anyone has
experience with this brand of tools - good or bad?
From: Tiago on 20 Nov 2009 13:51
On Nov 20, 3:14 pm, JayC <j...(a)sysmatrix.net> wrote:
> It falls with
> just similarly elusive 15mm and 18mm sizes, I guess.
Can't remember which, but I'm sure I own an engine with a 9mm nut
somewhere. Or was I owned? Can't really remember, but regarding 15mm,
all my pedal bycicles had 15mm axle nuts and on my current XR250
Tornado dirt bike the magneto bolt is a 18mm... Really odd is the 11mm
bolts that hold the e-starter motor on all Hondas I messed with.
good luck with your new tools! sometimes buying tools relax the mind
and bring happiness! I just built a chicken house. Too bad I've got no
spare weekend - this or the next week - to go to the public market and
get myself three or four baby chickens, the first guests... No
wrenches were needed in the building of the chicken house. Can't wait
for the first chicken barbecue! Any hints on how to slaughter them not
being beheading the poor thing????
-> my bike has a thick layer of dust, non-working charging system,
dirt carburetor and an owner who is not so happy about spending hours
on it again...
From: john on 20 Nov 2009 14:31
how about filling a 8mm
i have a set of whitworth wrenches left
over from my silly days when i thought
lucas "prince of darkness" would help
me see when the brakes faded on the
kirby? isn't that the indestructible vacuum cleaner?
why on earth would you need to work on
one of those?
Come!" I looked and there before me was
a pale horse! Its rider was named Death,
and Hades was following close behind him.
<he rode a BSA, cause hades was the only
guy that could keep one running>
"JayC" <jwc(a)sysmatrix.net> wrote in message
>I needed a 9mm open-end wrench to hold the motor shaft during a recent
> Kirby teardown - I own(ed) only one, which was suspiciously absent.
> Odd, since no machine on the planet (with the exception of the Kirby
> shaft) is made using 9mm fasteners. After failing with pliers and
> vice grips, my project was on hold until I replaced the missing
> wrench. I went on a search, and quickly found that 9mm wrenches
> aren't included with wrench sets, as a general rule. It falls with
> just similarly elusive 15mm and 18mm sizes, I guess. Anyway, after
> looking at a dozen different places unsuccessfully, I ended up at
> Sears, where I could get a single 9mm Craftsman wrench for $6.
> However, I also found an inexpensive 10 wrench set that actually
> included 9mm for only $9, which is what I bought.
> The set was made by Evolv, which is evidently a newish line carried by
> Sears. The wrenches are polished chrome with a smooth finish and
> somewhat feminine lines - very pretty tools. I wonder if anyone has
> experience with this brand of tools - good or bad?
From: JayC on 20 Nov 2009 15:18
> kirby? isn't that the indestructible vacuum cleaner?
> why on earth would you need to work on
> one of those?
Yes, it is the indestructible vacuum - I have 3 of them. I had to
replace the impeller fan on one of the G4s 'cause my daughter sucked
up a quarter or something and broke it. $15 and 15 minutes later,
it's good for another 10 years (provided you have a 9mm open-end
wrench). I bought the first one legit ~15 years ago for an obnoxious
amount of dough, but got the other two from Ebay for about 1/10th of
current retail - they always need a little bit of servicing, but I'm a
Kirby mechanic (self-proclaimed).
From: john on 23 Nov 2009 09:39
"The Real Bev" <
> Craftsman tools aren't really very pretty. I like Thorson ratchets, but I
> haven't seen one like that for a long time. The dumb modern design requires two
> hands to adjust. Proto makes really beautiful pliers that don't pinch your
> finger if you grab them the wrong way.
I've become less selective in my
tool choices, not I just grab what's
in reach (it's harder to get up off
concrete floor than I remember)
usually I bring the "tool Blanket"
the pouch with metrics & SAE
from 8mm to 1-1/2".. than and
a BFH & crescent usually do the
trick. I have a set of autogrip
groovelock pliers that have been
useful for light duty use, because they
don't require two hands to adjust
the clamping size, they are spring loaded
to fully open like a channel lock then as
you grip them they close the gap, then shift
the jaw a bit so the cam is in the groove so you
can clamp hard on them. nice for those
hard to reach spots where you plan on replacing the
fastener with a new one any how..
>>> Rowdy Mouse Racing, I like to keep things easy, that's why I stay on the
>> dude where did you purchase the boob
>> shaped wrenches or was that wrench
>> shaped wenches, nevermind I'm sure
>> bev can set me straight on this.
>> she has the "gift" of clear typing..
> You're just impressed because I have a working 'shift' key. I don't think a
> wrench-shaped wench would be exactly what you had in mind, although I can see
> possibilities for wench-shaped wrenches providing you like wenches with really
> short legs and a hole in the head where a brain normally resides.
Holy batbrains batman she's missing her cranium cavity.
>> excuse me, i need to go shopping
> My 1988 Caddy uses both SAE and metric nuts/bolts/screws. Miserably annoying,
> but at least they only use ONE type of metric fastener (what was the thing with
> Japan using two slightly different metric sizes a couple of decades back?) and
> no Whitworth.
Whitworth had superior thread profile/angle to prevent galling & stripping
I would have liked Whitworth to be the standard but wars happen and
USA had to ship a bunch of stuff quickly and they used what they had
and the British abandoned Whitworth to have interchangeable parts...
I think the metric variety pack had something to do with china/japan
you know why women can't measure,
<holding fingers just apart this much>
because they were told this is 10 inches
> Cheers, Bev
> Segal's Law: A man with one watch knows the time.
> A man with two is never sure.