Thread De­tec­tive

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The Good Stuff - Alan See­ley

How long: One month

Cost: £40

Con­tact: thomas­smith­fas­ten­

A BIT late for last Christ­mas but plenty early for next, avoid gift dis­ap­point­ment and a creep­ing sense of re­sent­ment by re­quest­ing one of these from your near­est and dear­est.

The Thread De­tec­tive will pre­vent the su­per­cil­ious ex­perts in your lo­cal fas­tener shop from ever get­ting the bet­ter of you again. What your other half’s 40 quid gets you is a num­ber of thread iden­ti­fiers hung on a wire lan­yard. Each of these iden­ti­fiers will tell you the size and pitch of a par­tic­u­lar nut or bolt, or the threads on shock mounts and en­gine studs. Armed with this knowl­edge or­der at the fas­tener fac­tor’s trade counter with con­fi­dence.

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