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How do you get a closed-end wrench over the brake line, it needs an opening to go over the brake line. Most old flare nuts are already somewhat rounded from 50 years of use and my faler nut "C" wrenches tend to slip. That is why the vice grip option was suggested.

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How do you get a closed-end wrench over the brake line, it needs an opening to go over the brake line. Most old flare nuts are already somewhat rounded from 50 years of use and my faler nut "C" wrenches tend to slip. That is why the vice grip option was suggested.
The wrench opens to allow placing it on a line nut and to ratchet around the fitting. These are quite strong - I have used a pipe over the the wrench handle to loosen stuck fittings.
Searching for this type wrench turns up answers to just about any question.


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Facom or Armstrong are two companies that make this type of flare nut wrench.
they do look good!

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Facom or Armstrong are two companies that make this type of flare nut wrench.
they do look good!
Mac also made them. Also Imperial, Wright, Strider and others. I would buy one of this type rather than the clunky styles already shown.
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Thanks. I did not see where it opened. B

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IMO, the best foolproof way to strip a fastener is to try to break it loose with a 12-point wrench. Use a 6-point to break it loose first THEN use a 12-point if you're on piece work or flatrate.

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Indeed. Flare wrenches are typically 6 point but with the 6th side open.

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IMO, the best foolproof way to strip a fastener is to try to break it loose with a 12-point wrench. Use a 6-point to break it loose first THEN use a 12-point if you're on piece work or flatrate.
If you haven't used one of these wrenches then you're just voicing an opinion.
I have used these wrenches and they work far better than any other wrench, including a 6 point flare nut wrench.
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So that's it?
Can you relate your experience with the flare nut wrench I referred to please?

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So that's it?
Can you relate your experience with flare nut wrench I referred to please?
It's a butcher tool somewhat to vice grips.

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It's a butcher tool somewhat to vice grips.
I don't understand your reply. Are you stating you have no experience?
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Bought a set of these when I did my Bonaldi's way back in the day.
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