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We've all been there. I was there last Saturday. At the Pick and Pull without the right tool.

I wanted, desperately wanted to remove a caliper bracket so I could take home those nice drilled rotors but the bracket was held in place with 2 large cap screws in behind. I had the correct tool - a 27 mm allen key. Excellent name brand so I was confident that it would budge the screws but I just didn't have the oomph to move it. Especially in behind the rotor and strut.

I could have used a cheater like the one above but mine is 36 inches long. Perfect for when the vehicle is on a lift but not so much when it's in the mud. What to do, what to do.. I needed a shorter cheater. And then it hit me - I need to go to the plumbing store (or the scrap pile for so many of you luck home owners...) for a few bits and pieces.

Step 1: A Little Shopping for Bits and Pieces

I simply went and purchased

Qty 2 3/4 inch by 6 inch nipples

Qty 1 3/4 inch cap

Qty 1 3/4 inch joiner

and that's it. It cost me CAD $7.00 or so. They should be on any decent scrap heap (except the cap - they're not that common).

Step 2: The Perfect Cheater

And what we end up with is a cheater that is adjustable in length but still mighty stiff and strong.

I use the bit with the cap as the short cheater (easier on the hand).

I screw on the bit with the joiner when I need it to be longer.

You can purchase the length of nipples that you want and frankly you can purchase multiple joiners if you want to put 3 x 6 inch nipples together, though that makes it a bit clunky.

For me, it allowed me to turn the allen key to loosen the allen cap screws. I removed the caliper brackets and thus was able to grab the rotors for my car. I'm a happy and creative boy this week.

All the best,

Leopold B.

<p>When hardware is stuck, a sharp rap on the tool can often free it up. That is how impact wrenches work. If one doesn't work a few more may be in order then.</p>
<p>Brilliant, I always over engineer things and miss the simple solutions</p>
Very handy. I would add in two more accessories, a 45&deg; and a 90&deg; elbow when you can't use the longer straight cheater one with a bend might fit.
<p>I've been in that same spot looking for a little extra leverage. Nice simple solution! </p>
<p>Nothing beats using your smarts and available materials to overcome obstacles on serious projects. Good going. And let's all drink to the lever &mdash; one of the simple machines.</p>

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