We've all been there… trying to tap a hole that's just out of reach, awkwardly placed, or in a tight space. No tap extension on hand? No problem! Resident tech expert Kurt Repsher shares some tricks of the trade in our latest video. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to check out more awesome tips & tricks videos like this one!
Utilize a tap socket to hold your tap securely in place! Simply slide your tap into the components of a tap socket set until you find the socket that holds your tap securely. Depending of the amount of extra length you need, you can use this with a tap handle, or ratchet wrench. For a Tap Socket Set, we recommend #99-013-310
Since the base of a tap's shank is typically a square, a 12 point socket can hold a tap… but not very securely. Once you have determined the socket that's right for your tap, use electric tape to secure the tap within the socket and prevent it from slipping out or wobbling. For a 12 Point Socket Set, we recommend #99-500-915 or #99-200-271
Tech Team Pro tip:
Having a lot of difficulty removing a screw? There's a good chance you need some heat! Using a torch and applying heat to the screw for a few moments often loosens and softens the hold thread locker that may have been applied to the screw has on it, allowing you to more easily back a screw out of a hole and remove it! See tips on how to remove a broken screw here.
Download and print the tap drill chart pdf for a quick reference table that will help you select the right tap and drill for your application, every time! Our chart includes standard sizes, metric sizes, plug tap sizes and an 'at a glance' listing of the most popular tap drill sizes.