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    What is this tool used for ( it says RIDGID "71" 3/8 - 7/8 od on it ) and no I don't know what it's for .
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    Last edited by leakfree; 02-08-2009, 08:46 PM.
    Steve in the trade since 73 doing new residential/Commercial work

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    Re: What is this tool used for ?

    Circumcision?

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    • #3
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      Over the years I've shown this tool to hundreds of plumbers , young and old and nobody knows what the h##l it is. I found it in a tool crib in an old plumbing shop 25 years ago , maybe it's not plumbing related ?
      Last edited by leakfree; 02-08-2009, 09:16 PM.
      Steve in the trade since 73 doing new residential/Commercial work

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        Re: What is this tool used for ?

        It's been awhile since I did a lead joint....but I'm pretty sure that it's the tool used to hold the rope in place around the pipe.

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        • #5
          Re: What is this tool used for ?

          I don't remember ever using or seeing one of those used when pouring a lead joint.

          Whatever it is Rick probably has three of them though.
          "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
          John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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            I just figured may it was an older version of the spring clamp.

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            • #7
              Re: What is this tool used for ?

              I bet these guys will know...

              www.wrenchingnews.com

              This site is a trove of wrench information and great plumber tool porn

              Okie

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                Re: What is this tool used for ?

                ?????????????

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                • #9
                  Re: What is this tool used for ?

                  Its an ancient ninja weapon.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What is this tool used for ?

                    not sure, but 3/8-7/8'' od sounds like a tool for copper

                    i think an oldtimer like smorris can do the research at work tomorrow

                    rick.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is this tool used for ?

                      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                      not sure, but 3/8-7/8'' od sounds like a tool for copper

                      i think an oldtimer like smorris can do the research at work tomorrow

                      rick.
                      That was my thought too Rick (that smorris would know). Are you telling me you don't have even ONE of these???
                      "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                      John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                        Re: What is this tool used for ?

                        Never saw one of those before. Josh, you are right down the hall from J. Ask him, he'd certainly know.
                        Steve
                        www.MorrisGarage.com

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                          Originally posted by smorris View Post
                          Never saw one of those before. Josh, you are right down the hall from J. Ask him, he'd certainly know.
                          I'm not feeling too bad now, this thing even has you wondering.
                          "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                          John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                            Re: What is this tool used for ?

                            I inverted and zoomed in on this.
                            Looks like the letters JIC after RIDGID logo (with the interlocked D & G).

                            I wonder what the date was when they first started using that logo?
                            That would help date it at least as to the oldest it could be.

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                            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                            • #15
                              Re: What is this tool used for ?

                              Is there a patent number on it? If so you can try a simple patent search. Mike

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