Today, I needed to be able to tap a 10-32
hole in a spot that my normal tap handle could not reach. This is what I
did to get through the job.
|| Next, I took a square, 1/8" easy-out and drove it
into the tube, taking care to match the corners of the easy-out with the
embossed corners the screwdriver left. After a couple of whacks, the
easy-out was stuck in place, so I took the tube out of the vice, laid the
end and easy-out down flat on the anvil, and hit the side of the tube once
on each of the flats of the easy-out. This squares up the tube and allows
the easy-out to become free. I then put the tube back in the vice, drove
the easy-out home again, then loosened it again as before. After about
three of these actions, I had a neat square end on the tube that fit the
end of my tap just perfect.
I then bent the other
end of the tube into a
90 degree angle for use as a handle and I was done. Tubing is cheap easy
to work. Stainless is great, copper may not be as good because it is
softer, steel should work as good as stainless.