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weenhillage 11th January 2020 08:12 AM

Tools for fastening nuts without scratching paint?
 
I am doing some DIY eurorack stuff and I want to get the nuts on my pots and jacks real tight. So far sockets and pliers have been a poor choice..

I have seen plastic socket drivers being used but cannot find anything like that online.

What do you guys use?

Pindrive 11th January 2020 08:18 AM

Put tape on the face before tightening. use good masking tape that will come back off w/o issue. Frog tape or similar should do the trick

Johnny T 11th January 2020 08:44 AM

The appropriate tool is a Nut Driver. I have some nice ones made by WIHA. They make metric sizes and imperial sizes. My metric ones are individual units, while my imperial ones are a single handle with multiple interchangeable metal shafts.

To avoid scratching the surface of the equipment, I temporarily put some masking tape on the nut driver's front surface. I can post a picture if you like.

Jay Rose 11th January 2020 05:58 PM

My first job - bench tech at a custom installer - I got blasted for using a square-jaw ("electrician's") pliers on a front panel. Boss told me to always use a nutdriver.

DrewE 11th January 2020 07:45 PM

Having a flat washer under the nut should help, as well as making for a somewhat mechanically sturdier mounting (which may well not be of any practical importance)

Nutdrivers are wonderful tools and not super expensive.

Paul Gold 11th January 2020 08:05 PM

If you are trying to tighten a panel nut over a toggle switch you want a hollow shaft nut driver. Same if you want to tighten a nut over a screw that extends far above the nut.

weenhillage 12th January 2020 02:37 AM

masking tape! The answer is so simple hahaha thanks everybody. I'll be sure to check out that WIHA nut driver too

Paul Gold 12th January 2020 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by weenhillage (Post 14445125)
I'll be sure to check out that WIHA nut driver too

I like Wiha tools also. The small nut drivers are Series 4. Either blade sets or fixed handle. There are larger Series 6 blade sets. There are also hollow shaft nut drivers. If you want to do for example a 3/8” panel nut with a long pot shaft you’ll want some of those.

Amsoily 12th January 2020 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Pindrive (Post 14443061)
Put tape on the face before tightening. use good masking tape that will come back off w/o issue. Frog tape or similar should do the trick


We have lots of frog tape & soft spaces like used with rack screws.

Klein makes some really cool screwdrivers but their wrench is just a plastic dipped handle, this looks cool if manufactured in the size you need:

http://www.motomfg.com/This_is_a_non...32mm%20atm.htm

Jeff Goodman 12th January 2020 09:28 PM

Put a piece of shrink tube over the end of the nut driver. Just enough to bend over the lip and apply heat. No more front panel scratches!

Amsoily 13th January 2020 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeff Goodman (Post 14446854)
Put a piece of shrink tube over the end of the nut driver. Just enough to bend over the lip and apply heat. No more front panel scratches!


Shrink tube, the scientists duct tape.

David Kulka 13th January 2020 10:05 AM

Also, for controls with long shafts that use an outside and inside nut, you may be able to use a thin wrench to tighten the inside nut.