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Old 05-29-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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What is this part/thingie?

Hi Gang. This isn't bike related, but figured I'd throw this out to this gang as there are folks here from all walks of life/occupations. This is along the lines of "for sh*ts and giggles."

I found this thinga-ma-jiggy laying on the road outside of my office. I picked it up and it's sat on my desk for two years. No one seems to know what the he*l it is- I sure don't. It's 2.25" long and 0.5" in diameter. Of significance: 1.) inside the hole at the "top" there's a bore there that runs deep, and lining that is a beefy spring- if I stick a nail in there I can depress the spring, so it's not threads. 2.) the part w/ the hole in the end, and it's lower "shaft" are independent of the "base"- i.e. it spins loosely inside that larger piece (w/out the hole) and has about 2mm of play. The two pieces will not separate though and can't feel any spring tension. It's kind of beefy/weighty. I suspect (based on nothing) that it has to do w/ construction equipment, or perhaps a weird fastener of some type.

I'm a man of little means, so I'm afraid there's no prize for the winner except for the huge satisfaction that comes with knowing you've put my mind at ease and I can quit staring at this thing. :) Here it is:





Thanks gang!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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Fuck you very much for completely sucking in my OCD to try to figure out what that is as well. I'll have to spend the next hours at work thinking about that until my ADHD kicks in...........YOGA PANTS GOING BY MY CUBE!

Maybe a franjit nut for a muffler bearing?
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
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Ha! At least now I no longer suffer alone. :)

If it helps the inscription/stamping that is barely visible says, I think (as it's fairly beat), "Brooks U.P." I googled around that a year or so ago to no avail.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Brooks Utility Products . It's a lock.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:29 AM   #5
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Magnetic shit masher from a sewage treatment plant. Spring loaded to increase oscillations exponentially, really works the feces into a froth.

Is that actually ON your desk???

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Old 05-29-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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Brooks Utility Products . It's a lock.
+1

I've seen them used to lockout gas service valves. Not sure what other purposed they have.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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Plunger from a solenoid valve. Or a muffler bearing. Not sure which.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:37 AM   #8
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Brooks Utility Products . It's a lock.
Bingo!

http://www.brooksutility.com/products/59
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:32 PM   #9
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Navin- I gotta admit you had me a little freaked. :)

Huge thanks guys...I'm impressed with the speed at which this useless little mystery was solved- should have thought to post here long ago!
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:59 PM   #10
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Yep,it's a lock. I see em every few weeks or so.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:06 PM   #11
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Yep,it's a lock. I see em every few weeks or so.
You should try and pay your bills more often.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:32 PM   #12
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Looks like a tool used to install the grapple grommet on a Mk 5 Turbo Encabulator.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:47 PM   #13
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You should try and pay your bills more often.
They use em as lockout devices at a few plants I go to. Not LOTO, but to shut off gas and secure it. The LOTO tag is normally attached to it somewhere or locks the key on the whole device.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:47 PM   #14
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So how do they work, and what exactly do they lock?
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:00 AM   #15
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Looks like a two part grommet installer or some sheet metal dimple die. I know it's not, as described correctly above, but might have life as something else.
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