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John Bohannon


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New York, USA
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 12:18 pm     Reply with quote

Hey guys

do you know of something you can buy from a hardware store that will work for this? in a pinch and misplaced mine and now trying to figure out a quick fix. this might already be somewhere on the forum but couldn't find it ! thanks!
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 1:32 pm     Reply with quote

Assuming you need one for tuning the nylon pedal tuners, should be able to find a 3/16" socket style nut driver with a handle at most hardware stores. Excel used to have a nice little one, but don't find anything now in a search.

Edit: The old brain is slow these days. It was Xcelite like the one in this photo from www.testequipmentdepot.com ...just for future reference.




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James Collett


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San Dimas, CA
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 1:35 pm     Reply with quote

What Jerry said. I find I prefer the screwdriver-type nut driver to the knurled tuning wrench.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 2:05 pm     Reply with quote

5mm metric will also do in a pinch. little loose, but workable.
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John Brock


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Xenia, Ohio
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 2:39 pm     Tuning wrench Reply with quote

Hers what works for me

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John Bohannon


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Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 2:41 pm     Reply with quote

thx guys. super helpful!
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 12:01 am     Reply with quote

John,Where in New Yawk are you,I have one that I can give you.
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Roger Crawford


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McDonough, GA USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 6:18 am     Reply with quote

Here's another option. Take a Stubby screwdriver, remove the blade, drill out the opening to allow a tight fit for the socket to be inserted. Small enough to fit in tool pouch but large enough handle to get a really good grip on.

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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 7:39 am     Reply with quote

Don't recall the size offhand, but I think I found the exact same screwdriver-style socket driver at Menards as was shipped with my Encore.
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Jamie Howze


From:
Boise, ID
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Sorry bad URL in this one.

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Jamie Howze


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Boise, ID
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 7:43 am     Reply with quote

I use a Sears Craftsman tool like this:
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-finger-grip-socket-adapter-3-pk/p-00943401000P
In combination with a 1/4" drive deep well socket that fits my tuning nuts (3/16" on my steels). The drive is very grippy and I like that the rounded chrome tip on the socket makes it easy to slip on to a tuning nut on a closely packed changer finger.
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Charley Bond


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Inola, OK, USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 4:31 pm     Sears tool Reply with quote

I have a tool like Jaime has, works great
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Jack Stoner


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Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 2:05 am     Reply with quote

Harbor Freight should have what is needed. I've seen similar to the linked Sears tools there, at a lot less price. Good enough for a tuning tool.
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Michael Yahl


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Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 6:52 am     Reply with quote

Or you could buy several of these for close to the same price or less than you'll pay at the hardware store + tax + time + fuel + modifications.

http://psgparts.com/Wrench-Tuning-Pedal-Steel-Single-3-16-Hex-TL-SI-187HEX.htm



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Jerry Van Hoose


Post Posted 14 Sep 2017 5:30 pm     Reply with quote

I realize this isn't an alternative however, it only took a couple of days to get mine from Michael.


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Pete Burak


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Portland, OR USA
Post Posted 15 Sep 2017 10:05 am     Reply with quote

This is an "Extended" 3/16th socket with a wrap of anti-skid tape (like for wooden steps), from local Ace Hardware.
(not sure why the pic is ro'tater'd)

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John Brabant


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Calais, VT, USA
Post Posted 16 Sep 2017 6:57 am     Reply with quote

Mike Yahl's are high quality, relatively inexpensive and quite frankly, works of art. Support a steel player who personally custom manufactures tools, parts and pieces just for our community rather than a multi-national who imports from China. And he is a good guy.
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Pete Burak


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Post Posted 16 Sep 2017 7:53 am     Reply with quote

I saw Mike Yahl's stuff at Pheonix Jan '17, and it is very very nice work, and he has alot of nice parts! Very cool.
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Gibson Hartwell


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Missoula, Montana, USA
Post Posted 19 Sep 2017 5:31 am     Reply with quote

I picked up a combo tuner from Michael last year in Phoenix. It has an Allen head on one side and a socket for nylon tuners on the other. His stuff is high quality.
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