Been There

This shit happens to me all the time at work.  Since my narrow little ass only weighs 150 lbs. soaking wet one must get creative sometimes.

Ben Dere


If It’s real bad you may need an extra Bubba or two.

If it still refuses to budge you get out the Smoke Wrench and order a new fitting.

I’ll never forget the time me and a buddy were trying to break loose a two inch nut with a breaker bar and that fucker wouldn’t budge. We were underneath the main floor with steel grating and big I Beams overhead.. I went and got a strap and a Come Along, we wrapped the strap around the breaker bar, hooked the Come Along up to the beam and winched that fucker loose.

I don’t like to lose.


20 thoughts on “Been There

  1. Not allowed to heat that at all. That is for extreme pressure (some have ratings in excess of 12000psi).
    Should have a small block of plywood between the y and the concrete, a correct wrench or specialty socket would also make life easier. Using a shitty little pipe wrench as well as no extra leverage is another safety report waiting to happen.
    One shop I was at had a table made from 36″x72″x3″ thick with solid 3″ legs… and yes, there were still plenty of gorillas able to move it around.


  2. I once shattered a six inch open end crowfoot removing a crossfeed fuel line from the leading edge of a super connie. years ago as a youth, you could have called me a gorilla and got away with it. having a lot of strength and understanding how to use it effectively, knowing how the use a tool, knowing the aircrafts systems, gaining access to the broken junk buried inside all the other unbroken junk and getting it out without screwing up everything else in the process, a lot of people know all that. knowing that short of disassembling the wing, you actually had to break that tool to release that b-nut on that big assed damn fuel line was secret knowledge; many tried and failed.

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    • Okay, I’ll bite: Just how big was that crossfeed line? I was around A-6’s ,P-3’s and Whales and saw some pretty good sized fuel plumbing


      • four inch fuel line inside the leading edge, buried under controls cables, hydraulics and wiring bewixt No.2 and No.1 engine on a L-1049H(EC-121T). as I recall, the OAT at Keflavik was -40Deg F -ish and a mite bit breezy and bit dark outside. we all looked like OD green michelin tire guys. fixing avgas leaks in the cold was a lot of fun. AF fittings not noted for taking big temperature swings to nicely. nineteen forties technology.
        Nato was buying fuel from a broker in iceland who was buying it from a distributor in europe who was sourcing 115/145 avgas from the Russians which we were burning to watch the Russians in the GIUK gap. fun and profit for all!

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        • Thanks for the info; all that is a little before my time. The only Connie I’ve seen up-close and personal is the one that lives at Kansas City Downtown Airport. I got to look it over real good, because (at the time) I was dating the daughter of the Flight Engineer that flew it out of the boneyard in the desert to KC for restoration.


          • kermit weeks has a starliner sitting at his field in FL. the L1649 was the pinnacle of connies. it’s pretty trashed and gutted. not sad about that. they had some interesting systems in them you could learn from to see what the progression was like in aviation technology just as the jets came in. The DC-7C is another bit of kit worth seeing.


  3. Looked like me when I was a late teen trying to break lugs on a semi. The six foot black iron cheater pipe worked most of the time…………


  4. My dad broke his ankle using a cheater bar on the nuts of a the right side of a rear wheel on a 1950 Dodge Stock truck. The threads go the other direction, Little did I know either. The wrench broke, and when he fell back, he broke his ankle. I was home making dinner, and he hobbled in late and said he needed to go to the hospital. He came back hours later, with cast on his leg.
    I would have given him a ride, but No.
    Now I’m just like him. Stubborn asshole.


  5. I learned that if you use a length of staging pipe, three shipyard mechanics can break a 48″ steel pipe wrench.
    I also learned that sometimes you can put a slugging wrench on the fastener, and then use a hydraulic jack with the base placed against another fastener to tighten or loosen really big fasteners.


  6. Where the 24 is attached isnt even round….its square….lol. His back and shoulders will be telling him he should have used a cheater bar in about 30 years. Once she starts to move its game on and your lookin good too!


  7. PB blaster is your friend. THEN apply Gorilla Force. Use a cheater if necessary, heat it if you can. I’m old now, so Mr. Cheater and Mr. PB *are* my very good friends.

    Today I have to take my lower control arms off my ’89 Taurus SHO, BOTH lower ball joints are shot. Geez, I just replaced them in ’95! Cheap pieces of crap. Lester the Schwabbie wanted to charge me $89 apiece for the parts, $160 for the labor, and $110 for the alignment (which is what I went in for). Ordered some MOOG lower control arms for $35 apiece and will do the work (minus alignment) myself. Living on a fixed income doesn’t give me much choice. And I wish I had a lift!! I’d also like a heated garage…


  8. Looks like a 3 or 4 inch fig. 200. I spent 15 years shipping out all types and sizes of unions, tees, hose loops, butterfly valves from Kemper Valve and fittings. The other side of that tee just needs a BFH.


  9. Shit bro… ain’t never had an issue until you have to bust track on an M1A1… fucking I was 6’5 260 pounds and even WITH a “cheater” it usually took me and two other burly motherfuckers to break track… the ‘yearly sneaker change’ was DREADED in the Armor side of the house… we usually used a breaker bar, and then for the ‘cheater’ we’d use camo-net poles… mainly b/c you could link them up to two-three 3 foot lengths and that’d give us the leverage to break the nuts on the track connectors… Good times Good times…


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