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Old 11-23-2021, 08:08 AM
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Default 1/4" Diameter Flat Sets for Squeezers

Once in a while the smallest diameter squeezer sets - 3/8" is still too large for the job. I took a set of the 3/8 and turned them down to 1/4" diameter, then polished them. You hardly ever need them, but when you do ...

3/8" on the bottom, 1/4" on the top


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Old 11-23-2021, 09:26 AM
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The narrower sets are handy in tight spots. I use one similar to the link below from ATS as a poor man's longeron yoke set.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE1727
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Old 11-23-2021, 09:34 AM
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Use them all the time for platenuts. I mostly use the one that came with the brake rivet set kit from Avery, but also have a couple others including a longer one I made. The old Southbend gets used more than I would have thought.
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Old 11-23-2021, 12:14 PM
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I have modified a couple AN-3 bolts to make custom sets for my squeezer.
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Old 11-23-2021, 01:09 PM
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Anyone know what the little retaining rings are called? I've made a couple of sets but without the retaining ring they like to fall out of the squeezer.
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Old 11-23-2021, 02:54 PM
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Anyone know what the little retaining rings are called? I've made a couple of sets but without the retaining ring they like to fall out of the squeezer.
Not sure of the name for the rings, but you could use a tiny O-ring in the groove, or just a bit of gorilla tape on the side to hold it in place.
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Old 11-27-2021, 03:41 PM
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Are the different sizes needed if your squeezer does not adjust or is there another reason?
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Old 11-27-2021, 04:09 PM
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Default Why So Many Lengths?

The primary reason I have so many lengths is that I already had an extra full set of 3/8" dia. - so I just did them all.

But even with an adjustable squeezer mandrel, there are times when different lengths are needed.

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Old 11-27-2021, 04:53 PM
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Default Different lengths

Different lengths may be needed e.g. when squeezing adjacent to a 5/8" flange, so as to be able to clear the flange with the yoke. A stack of 3/16" washers can also be used under the set to make it "taller".
Another way to make a set narrower (if you don't have a lathe to turn it down) is to grind a flat face on one side,
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