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Bob Engelhardt
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:57 pm    Post subject: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

"Easy"? - I'd be happy with "easier". I need to take some brake shoes
off. The fixed ends are on studs with push nuts. I used a mini pry bar
to take off the first 4 and it was a ***. I have 4 more to do and I'm
hoping for an easier way. The studs are 1/2". Oh, I didn't mention
that I don't have power!

Thanks,
Bob
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Jeff Wisnia
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

Bob Engelhardt wrote:

Quote:
"Easy"? - I'd be happy with "easier". I need to take some brake shoes
off. The fixed ends are on studs with push nuts. I used a mini pry bar
to take off the first 4 and it was a ***. I have 4 more to do and I'm
hoping for an easier way. The studs are 1/2". Oh, I didn't mention
that I don't have power!

Thanks,
Bob

There's lots of different shapes lumped under the name of "push nuts"
and I've never found an "easier" way to remove them if I have to reuse them.

If you're going to replace them with new hardware then a battery powered
drill with a small stone chucked in it should let you cut through the
right spot on the fastener to induce it to release it's grip.

Jeff

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"What do you expect from a pig but a grunt?"
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DoN. Nichols
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:43 am    Post subject: Re: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

According to Bob Engelhardt <bobengelhardt@comcast.net>:
Quote:
"Easy"? - I'd be happy with "easier". I need to take some brake shoes
off. The fixed ends are on studs with push nuts. I used a mini pry bar
to take off the first 4 and it was a ***. I have 4 more to do and I'm
hoping for an easier way. The studs are 1/2". Oh, I didn't mention
that I don't have power!

Well ... it depends on the style of push nut. If it is the kind
which is a curved flat spring with a center hole and two sides cut to
make tabs which engage the stud, one tool for the purpose is a spring
just large enough to slip over the stud, and with the normally
compressed end coil ground off, so you wind up with an end which is a
continuation of the normal spring's spiral -- but with a sharp end.
(Think of just grinding the end of the spring back flat until you reach
an open turn.)

Slip this over the stud, and turn it clockwise, and the sharp
end should work its way under at least one tab, and hopefully both, and
pry them up far enough to release the grip.

Good Luck,
DoN.
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Carl Boyd
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:44 am    Post subject: Re: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

The top hat shaped ones are just a pain in the neck and I have never found
agood way. The ones that are mre or less flat are generally pretty brittle
and will crack off with a twist from a pair pliers if you can get access to
them. Of course this assumes that you don't want to reuse them, and you
should definitely get new ones for brakes.

Carl

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Bob Engelhardt wrote:

"Easy"? - I'd be happy with "easier". I need to take some brake shoes
off. The fixed ends are on studs with push nuts. I used a mini pry bar
to take off the first 4 and it was a ***. I have 4 more to do and I'm
hoping for an easier way. The studs are 1/2". Oh, I didn't mention
that I don't have power!

Thanks,
Bob

There's lots of different shapes lumped under the name of "push nuts"
and I've never found an "easier" way to remove them if I have to reuse
them.

If you're going to replace them with new hardware then a battery powered
drill with a small stone chucked in it should let you cut through the
right spot on the fastener to induce it to release it's grip.

Jeff

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Jeffry Wisnia
(W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"What do you expect from a pig but a grunt?"
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Bob Engelhardt
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

DoN. Nichols wrote:
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... a spring
just large enough to slip over the stud, ... turn it clockwise, and the sharp
end should work its way under ... to release the grip.

That's a clever idea! My push nuts don't have gaps between the teeth,
but the idea is definitely going into the file. Bob
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Bob Engelhardt
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Kinda' OT - Easy way to remove push nuts? Reply with quote

Jeff Wisnia wrote:
....
Quote:
If you're going to replace them with new hardware then a battery powered
drill with a small stone ...

That was on my list to try! But I had a 6" (x 1/16) stone to try to get
the SFM up (the drill was 1100 rpm). It worked, slowly, at my bench.
On the way to the site, the stone broke. Sigh. Bob
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