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Old December 23rd, 2015, 07:17 PM
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Here's a new 3/16 two hand tool i built,works great. This is a tubing unspooler built with a bike wheel and a piece of all thread. The spacer for 3/16 is a 1gal paint can,I use a 3gal bucket for a spacer when using 5/16.
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Here's a new 3/16 two hand tool i built,works great. This is a tubing unspooler built with a bike wheel and a piece of all thread. The spacer for 3/16 is a 1gal paint can,I use a 3gal bucket for a spacer when using 5/16.
Looks good, does Matt know he now has a unicycle to ride to school?
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Actually the tire is flat. It was not meant for the speed in which I install my tubing.
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Looks like Dennis H has been an inspiration to many in this group.

Here is my version of his two handed tool, plus a mainline saddle drill I whipped up last week. They are all 304 SS which I had around, only out of pocket for the Harbor Freight "vice grips", the coupling nuts and the drill bit.

Now the only things I need to get done are putting up the laterals, building a releaser, setting up the vacuum system and oh yes building the RO.

Hope I am not being too aggressive with my plans for this year...

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Looks like Dennis H has been an inspiration to many in this group.

Here is my version of his two handed tool, plus a mainline saddle drill I whipped up last week. They are all 304 SS which I had around, only out of pocket for the Harbor Freight "vice grips", the coupling nuts and the drill bit.

Now the only things I need to get done are putting up the laterals, building a releaser, setting up the vacuum system and oh yes building the RO.

Hope I am not being too aggressive with my plans for this year...

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welcome to SBI and nice looking stuff ! How are you going to hold the saddle drill on the mainline while drilling ?
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So, I was going to use a vice grip like you always see, but I am stingy and didn't want to devote a real vice grip to the project, which is all I had left.

I was playing around and tried gripping the tool on the mainline with 2nd and third fingers straddling the nut/drill. It seems to work just fine. If I get tired of that I'll probably just put it in position and use a releasable cable tie on either side. Not quite as quick as a vice grip, but still pretty easy.

Since I am only doing probably 50-75 taps on the mainline this year, I don't need to save every second of effort. Plus, my favorite time is in the woods. I'll probably get out this weekend to do laterals, and we'll see how it goes. Don't have a spooler, so I will need to improvise on that score.

I'll post pics of the RO and Releaser projects as I get more into them.

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So, I was going to use a vice grip like you always see, but I am stingy and didn't want to devote a real vice grip to the project, which is all I had left.

I was playing around and tried gripping the tool on the mainline with 2nd and third fingers straddling the nut/drill. It seems to work just fine. If I get tired of that I'll probably just put it in position and use a releasable cable tie on either side. Not quite as quick as a vice grip, but still pretty easy.

Since I am only doing probably 50-75 taps on the mainline this year, I don't need to save every second of effort. Plus, my favorite time is in the woods. I'll probably get out this weekend to do laterals, and we'll see how it goes. Don't have a spooler, so I will need to improvise on that score.

I'll post pics of the RO and Releaser projects as I get more into them.

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Sounds like that should work.

Start a thread for your RO and releaser build once you get started. We would love to see the progress of your projects.
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Appreciate the kind words and ideas. I am new to this biz, and still learning a lot.

Re the work, I guess you might say I cheated. Did the welding with TIG, so nothing much to clean up - just a little brushing. I did grind the welds off the handles of the 2hand tool though to make the handles look like a single piece. Love to work with SS.

We'll see how it goes this weekend, then I will know what I like and dislike about the tools, and can make adjustments. I am thinking that the HF vice grips may be the weakest link, but we'll see. I like the use of the square tube as the mounting point for the grips, there is no major fabrication if I want to replace. Gonna get everything tweaked before painting anything.

Happy new year to all

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One thing I did when I made mine was to change out the flat stock on the handles for pipe. The pipe is easier on the hands.
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