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Tight hydraulic fittings

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Welder Dave, Jun 25, 2022.

  1. willie59

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    That someone would be me. I totally understand your sentiments as being a dealer tech, that's top notch thinking. But to be clear, I'm not suggesting beating the dog snot out of a fitting, rather, well placed smacks on the steel, not dings, dents, or codswallop. Steel is malleable, any blacksmith knows that and so should wrench benders. Case in point, I once had a 200 class rental excavator on a steep slope blow one of the hoses at the arm (stick) cylinder. That hose failure covered the machine with oil. On that slope with the machine covered with oil was neither a safe nor ideal situation to remove and replace that hose with wrenches, -16 JIC IIRC, I had to get the machine off of that slope to safely replace that hose. Choice of tool, a hammer. Carefully climbed the boom standing on the boom hoist cylinder while firmly gripping the pipes on top of the boom. Once in position, still firmly gripping a pipe with one hand, started smacking the JIC hose connection of the failed hose with the hammer and knocked it loose. Once I got it loose it promptly got a JIC cap fitted to the pipe fitting. Carefully clumb down from the boom, fired it up, lifted boom and walked that slimy animal to flat ground where I could safely do the hose replacement. There are times a hammer is a mechanics best friend. :cool:
     
  2. JD955SC

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    The stupid adapter or elbow always spins loose when you can’t get to it. Turns a 20 minute hose replacement into a half day or worse ordeal.
     
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  3. Welder Dave

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    I'm glad none of the adapters loosened.
     
  4. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

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    Define snipe for me.....................cause all I can come up with is when I had a couple of my grandkids trying to sack one with some sticks
     
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    I had somebody on here explain it to me once before, a pipe or other cheater on a wrench.

    When I was young, my daddy would have said "extra man", I just call it a pipe.
     
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  6. JD955SC

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    Snipe, like “cherry picker”, has a bunch of different meanings lol
     
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  7. Welder Dave

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    A used a length of aluminum pipe over the wrench for more leverage. That's what I call a snipe.
     
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  8. Welder Dave

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    Should have said I used.