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  1. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I've an old 'Shetack' spanner which I've never used for years, also got a 1/2 & 3/4 Monument 'hook' jaw spanner which is badly worn and slips. According to Monument you can't get replacement 'hooks'. I've also got a Rothenberger telescopic version which I've found useless except being spring loaded so you don't need 2 separate claws - the head is far too chunky in my opinion, especially for basin taps!

    Does anyone recommend the Today's Tools - Professional 1/2"- 3/4" Tap Back Nut and 15-22mm Tap Connector Set type, looks a great bit of kit but quite pricey?
  2. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    The claw's at the top of the photo you can buy just need a 1/4 drive socket set
  3. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Thanks for that JTS, I've already got a 1/4 drive socket set! :)

    Do you know where I can buy the 2 claws?
  4. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Have to say, we have tried nearly all.

    However, all we ever recommend or use now is a 3/8 or 1/2" ratchet, an extension bar, a universal coupling to match and THIN WALL deep sockets.

    No one socket fits all, so you end up with approx 6 diff socket sizes - 3 for 1/2" & 3 for 3/4". Make sure skts are 12 sided not 6.

    Honestly ALWAYS been able to sort using that. Our view is spend wisely, spend once so make sure the ratchet is a reasonable quality and easy to change direction one handed and easily lubricated.
  5. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Plumber Top Contributor!!

    That's v helpful Dave, I have decent 1/2" drive socket set - where do you reckon best place to buy THIN WALL DEEP sockets is?
  6. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    All sorts to be honest. I get mine from a monthly car mart we have nr Wetherby here. Because you're not looking for real strength, as you would need for working say on vehicles, cheaper sometimes equals thinner. Remember they don't have to be 'impact' types (you'd pay for strength you just don't need).
    Google's your friend Jim just look at the images to see, even Halfords :eek:
  7. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I use either the normal springy type claw or the armeg jawdroppers
  8. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Got mine from eBay, but use deep sockets you can pick up a cheep set most tool shops/markets even EBay
  9. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Cheers Dave - are you Dave Foster? If yes we've spoken before.
    Rgds Jim
  10. Tim S

    Tim S New Member

    I use the Todays tools kit which works on most taps (but not all!) so still resort to the crows foot at times. A word of warning...the 1/4" ratchet in the kit is cheap & nasty and I quickly replaced it with a better quality one
  11. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Dave Newton - TapMedic
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