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Homemade Adapter For Bottle Jack
David Pichler, Eau Claire, Wis.: I made an adapter for my bottle jack that lets me use a chain with the jack to straighten out bent tools or equipment. The adapter holds the chain securely on top of the jacks spindle, and consists of a small notched metal rod welded to a 1 1/2-in. long pipe that goes on over the spindle.
I jack the spindle up about 1 1/2 in. and slip the pipe over it, then attach both ends of the chain to whatever I want to straighten. It keeps the chain from slipping off the spindle, which saves a lot of frustration. The same idea would work with any size bottle jack if you sized the adapter to fit the jacks spindle.

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4