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    Default Thread chasing with a tap.

    Anyone know where to get an inexpensive tap? I have a #6 bolt hole that I need to chase with a tap to clean it up. It's in sort of a tight space. The thread is there and all, but I have to clean it out properly.

    Does anyone have a tap I can borrow, or would anyone know where individual taps are sold? Canadian Tire? Princess Auto? I almost never need them, so $80, or even $30 taps would be far too expensive. I'd also rather pay for one of those kids than pay a mechanic a half hour's worth of labor.

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    Princess and Crappy both sell them.

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    Crappy Tire definitely sells them individually, about $6-$7. and by #6 you mean an M6 with a 1.25 pitch? They'll definitely have those.

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    If it's #6 imperial it will be a 6-32 or 6-40, probably 6-32

    If it's metric:
    M6 coarse it will be a 6 X 1.00
    M6 fine it will be 6 X 0.5 or 6 X 0.75

    My chart does not list a 6 X 1.25
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    My mistake, m6 x 1. I could have sworn I have an m6 x 1.25 tap at home. I could be wrong.. oh well.

    Bring the bolt in to crappy tire and I believe they should have a chart to check against.

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    Everyone is right, Crappy Tire should have it and bring the bolt in to be sure. Unfortunately I have a small kit and I don't have that one for some strange reason.

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    If its a blind hole, make sure you use a bottoming tap, and blast the hole with air to get all the filings out. Taps are extreemly hard, but very fragile, DONT BREAK THE TAP IN THE HOLE!! or you will be paying big $$ to get it out.

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    Been there done that urghhh. drilled the tap out and retaped it lol.

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    Ive broken taps before and made a tool,( modded screwdriver), that fit down in the hole and into the filings slot. Someone go sell that idea to someone and I get a free set.

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    only snap-on sells taps that are awesome enough for edf.

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    EDF's finger is a tap.
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    ct?

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    learn how to turn a screw you twat

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    Make sure you hit that hole straight or you can write it off. Snapon sells pieces that let you hold a tap with a ratchet and that can help get into tight spots.

    Definitely use a bottoming tap if it's blind.

    Make sure you get the right tap or you might as well just end it.

    If this is aluminum forget about it and go get a helicoil kit. You will thank yourself... Wait. You will thank ME later.

    F. Should just coil it if it's fubar regardless of what it's in.

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