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My Home Made Pick
April-15-2005

My Home Made Pick

I can't remember where I found this pick, perhaps Sears, but it used to be straight and was designed for removing engine seals! I used a blow torch and a bench vice to create my own, custom made, flax removal tool and it works remarkably well. Even a sheet rock screw can be used to remove flax but in tight spaces it's nice to have a couple of bends in your flax removal tool.

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Jim - SJU 10-Jan-2013 20:17
For those in need of fancy or more flexible picks, a Google search for a McMaster-Carr Part No. 9569K67 Flexible-Shaft Packing Seal Extractor might help. There is a selection of many other sophisticated picks available from this source.
Guest 07-Jan-2013 09:32
Check with the local dentist. They may have old stainless steel picks for free.
Christian 06-Jul-2011 00:56
They sell that pick at Radio Shack. It's a soldering tool... Great work here! Incredible pics and commentary! Outstanding!
Dave Hughes 01-Jan-2009 18:22
Buy a set of automotive/dental picks - they are cheap and the 4 different types you get in a set should handle any stuffing box.