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Part two in Jonathan’s series on his legendary One-Case Toolkit.Don’t even think about using pliers on that nut. Aside from a socket, a wrench is the only proper way to fasten or remove a nut of bolt without damaging it. But what wrenches should you carry? How big should you go? What about ratcheting wrenches and box wrenches? We’ll also discuss torque “wrenches,” and why you should have and use one regularly. RESOURCES FROM THE WORKSHOP: OVERVIEW: THE CONTENTS OF THE ONE-CASE TOOL KIT From the workshop chat, some of the products and tips mentioned by viewers:Knipex pliers wrench solves most of the stated issues with adjustable size.The original style beam torque wrenches weren't (aren't) ratcheting. That's probably where the name got set.With a beam torque wrentch , one can measure the torque as one removes the fastener, in case the torque specifications are not available. I use it to measure torque while removing head bolts on a engine with a blown head gasket to pinpoint which head bolts are less tight and /or which cylinder could have issues.I learned today to get a torque adaptor in order to save space. Thank you. Axle nuts may go up to 250 ft. lbs.Okay, on a R1200GS the Rear wheel drive to swinging arm, M12 x 1.5 is 100 Nm (74 ft-lbs)In aircraft accident investigation the torque to remove fasteners is routinely measuredEngine crankshaft pulleys will approach 250 ft-lbs also.I believe break away torque when loosening a nut is typically higher than the original tightening torque. So I’d be careful trying to determine appropriate torque that way.Tech engineer here, a good factory torque spec will assume a level of cleanliness and thread treatment. more friction in the threads mean you need more torque to achieve a given tension. most anti seize will lower friction and thus torque required compared to dry. but if manual says to anti seize and torque to x, hopefully the engineer already accounted for it and you don’t need to adjust.http://www.torque-rod.com/My experience with the torque rod is they are not very accurate. I was tested them on a machine in my lab, I would not trust them.For fasteners without factory specs available, there are tables of standard torques that have different values for different thread lubrication conditions. Bossard has a good fastener handbook PDF you can find online for metric ones.I love my Knipex pliers, very durable and user friendly. Always get More tools.I've seen some tables where based on fastener size there are (typical) applicable torque specifications. There's a DIN standard, if my memory's not wrong.‘Load indicating washer’ are the ones that squirt at right torque. Hardish to find in metric sizes in small QTYs in US Support Free Content! Buy Jonathan a Pint
Don’t even think about using pliers on that nut. Aside from a socket, a wrench is the only proper way to fasten or remove a nut of bolt without damaging it. But what wrenches should you carry? How big should you go? What about ratcheting wrenches and box wrenches? We’ll also discuss torque “wrenches,” and why you should have and use one regularly.An interactive Q & A session will be included.When: Nov. 1Length: 1 hour Start time: 1 pm Arizona (Phoenix) / GMT - 7 (Having trouble figuring out time zones?Use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html) Format: online via Zoom (you will receive a log-in link) Cost: free Access: To protect your privacy and security online and for us to find out how many students will be attending, registration is required. Please use this link HERE.
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After you are all set up and get inside there is surprisingly more headroom and space then the outside leads to believe. I was quite shocked how roomy it felt despite it only being approximately six foot by six foot. The nice thing with the walls that bow outward is that it makes it even more roomy. There are two personal item bags that clip onto the interior poles to store any phones, tablets, books or keys. There is also a loop at the peak of the roof so that you can hang a small lantern. There are also four port holes that when unzipped create more then enough airflow and ventilation. There are also two additional vents built in on opposite sides that are intended to aid with ventilation that differ from the port holes. The vents have an additional layer of mesh with a Velcro boarder that is intended to hold a small filter, to keep dust down from the inside. Very creative solution while continuing to provide ventilation. Additionally, there is a small three inch opening with a cinch closing that is there to allow for any cable to pass through if needed. Lastly, there is a nice safety feature that helps in getting out of the tent, the door is labeled boldly with “EXIT”. This brought about many funny conversations but as the inside of the tent can look the same, and it is nice that the door had a label in the event of needing to egress rather quickly. The door also have nicely labeled screen and door tags to make it even easier when closing up. Our first night in the tent, we were amazed with how much warmer it was on the inside then when we were out by the fire. The insulated walls had proven worth it at first glance. The rigidity of the tent would also be tested that night as there was a slight breeze that eventually turned into a howling wind. We were near a structure that only seemed to intensify the wind. All around us, I could hear the fabric of other tents whipping in the wind while we remained untouched. I do not think the tent even moved once from the wind. With the tent being insulated and it being in the thirties that night we quickly learned that the vents at the top may need some help to vent some of the excess moisture that builds up from exhaling which can create condensation on the inside. For the rest of the trip we opened the port holes up as we went to bed which helped to nearly eliminate any additional moisture. Then in the morning we would close the vent and it warmed up nicely to get up and get dressed and on with the morning. Tear down and packing away for the next leg of the trip was just as simple as the setup. Once everything was removed form the inside, I would open the vents to help it pack down and not trap air inside. Then from the inside I pulled the roof down before exiting, and walked around pushing all the sides in. Once the stakes were removed I would grab one corner and bring it upright and gather the rest fo the corners. I then took a included strap and buckled it to hold it together, the second included strap went around the widest part of the bundle to help smush it down for easy storage. It then went into the bag and was zipped shut. Yes it was larger then a backpacking tent, but there was no rolling and pole wrangling for it to fit in the tiny bag. It even closed down to fit in the bag with little to no effort. I would imagine if the removable floor was off the tent, it would fold more compact and the floor would still fit in the bag, as this is how it was shipped to me. Pros:Overly easy setup and tear downEven though I was not able to stand up, the head room was impressive for a tent with this foot printStands up to the wind wellDoes well in warm or cold weatherCons:More on the expensive side. However, I feel worth the cost.On the small side for more than two adults and a kid or two.Can condensate on the inside during cold weather if the vents are not openedAfter sleeping in this for four nights I am certainly looking forward to getting out and using it more. I have always been in search of a tent that I felt met my needs. I think this one has certainly met them all so far. If I was King for a day and could get word back to the head of ShiftPod I would make a slightly larger version. Sure they have the full size one that is six sided and approximately one hundred square feet but I feel as though a five sided in-between version with one more side then the mini with four sides would work out well. It would give a little more head room and more then enough room for two adults, a few kids and all the gear needed. This would make it easier for the longer trips where you are based out of one spot longer and spread out once base camp is setup.Overall I would highly recommend this for anyone that is looking for not only a tent for camping but a simple, easy to deploy and tear down, insulated, sturdy shelter that will keep them out of the elements for all of their adventures to come. If you need something bigger then check out our first impression of the SHIFTPOD 2: