Waster water release tool

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  1. GeebeeJaybee

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    Hi

    We recently had a problem with out waste water in that it wouldn't shut off. It has been partially replaced to fix the problem but now needs a tool to open and close the outlet.

    The fitter swears blind he left the tool in the MH when he fixed it but if he did it has spontaneously combusted!

    I now deperately need to get one before Friday! There is a grey square nut maybe 10 or 12 mm square that I assume a sort of box spanner fits over to turn. Apparently a lot of german models have this sort of thing. No size of socket will fit it due to it being square.

    Does anyone know where I can get one quickly as we are due to be away this weekend?

    Thanks

    Jen
     
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    adjustable spanner would do it..

    none in your tool box ?

    if not, any DIY or tool store
     
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    nut.jpg The thing is recessed in a hole only slightly bigger so you can't get a spanner round it. It is the square nut in the round hole on this photo (sounds like play school!).
     
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    Measure the exact size of the square nut and go buy a spanner from diy store, or as scotjimlad suggests, an adjustable spanner for the time being. Make sure you adjust to a firm fit.
    Edit: just seen update picture.
    Measure the size, buy a cheap spanner and bend the handle at 90 deg close to the business end of the spanner, if you get a long enough spanner, bend the other end 90 opposite way to act as a handle.
    This could be done in a decent vice by use of a hammer, wear protective goggles and a bit of heat applied to area to be bent will make it easier..
    If you have a socket set, try the 3/8" or 1/2" extention bar for size on the nut for size, it may give you another idea if it fits ok, you could just buy a cheap extention bar a get that bent at a 90 degree angle, may work better than a spanner
     
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    It doesn't look square to me, are you sure you cant get a socket on it?

    Failing that the adjustable end on would still get it, but you will need a small one to get in that hole (y)
     
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    The photo isn't great as it is so far underneath! It is definitely square though.
     
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    Bi-hex sockets fit on squares as they are 12 sided I think.
     
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    Yeah - we have tools coming out of our ears - hubby is a mad mountain biker and has more spanners and sockets than could ever conceivable be needed.

    Nowt fits this though! We could have forced a socket on but it was rounding the corners (whcih is why it maybe doesn't look sqaure).
     
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    A 12 point socket will fit a square and hexagon nut - good tool shop will stock them.
     
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    hya britool do square nut sockets ??
     
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    Thanks - worth a try.
     
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    hmm.. not so easy then.. needs that 'special key' ...

    if you were handy you could make a key using a piece of steel conduit with two notches cut in the end

    sorry can't help further
     
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    Thanks everyone.
     
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    Is this the type of thing? This is the one we have for our van which is German
    image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    No - there is nothing for that slot on ours.

    I am thinking that one of those gator grip thingies would do it but you don't seem to be able to just buy one off the shelf
     
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    Have a look at this....
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/301356959435
    Although this is listed as 8mm they may have size you require, quick call and it could be with you by Friday, Lance
     
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