Originally posted by Mike McCain:
Great job trying to share ideas of what to do when the heavy stuff fails or does not apply. I remember a number of years back I worked with a team that had an old 32 tool with the 2 cycle head and we had to get inventive in the field lots of times when the head failed us.
I personally respond as a vol. in my pov many times but it's because I carry a complete set of mechanics and electrical hand tools due to the nature of my work. Many times we have used various things out of my box. I've found many situations disassembly using standard combo wrenches, socket sets, and even air ratchets from my box. I also carry several non standard bars ie the flat nailbars etc that carpenters use that have came in handy making purchase points look see openings etc.
An inexpensive air chisel set has come in handy on many jobs. My air chisel tip of choice for preconnect is the one that has a sheet metal curl making center. I have not lately but on older cars a large bolt cutter was a quicker alternative on some jobs also.
Everyone needs to be familiar with alternative methods not just for tool failure but also because sometimes other methods are far superior.