Have you ever used a ratcheting strap wrench to help remove an interior rear-view mirror? How about turning to a finishing-nail punch set (double-ended) to help in removing door-glass rivets? Each of you has developed your own unique tool bag to help you get an automotive glass repair and replacement job done more smoothly. Each of you has an innovative idea floating around in your head. Now is the time to share it.
“Are you having difficulty removing interior rear-view mirrors? Make it easier by using an adjustable ratcheting strap wrench to twist it off the bracket and put it back on the windshield,” says Deborah Hernandez of Able Auto Glass. “This tool works exceptionally well in any tight-fitting areas inside the vehicle, too, such as in Volkswagens with rain sensors. I found a plastic one at the dollar store so it does not scratch the new windshield. I have also seen them at Sears and they are probably available at auto parts stores to remove oil filters.”
A finishing-nail punch set can also be put to good use.
“Door glass rivets can be hard to remove, which will add additional time to your job,” she points out. “A spring-loaded finishing-nail punch set (double ended) always works.”
Place the tool in the center of a rivet and pull it back several times.
“The spring creates such a hard forceful whack that the rivet pops out with ease,” Hernandez explains. “We bought ours from a local woodworking supply store or you may buy it online here.”
What ideas have you developed over your years of doing automotive glass repairs and replacements? I’m looking for ideas to share with the glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine community. You will receive credit for the idea and perhaps you will even find a new one.
Please take a moment to share your idea in the comments below (please include your name and company) or email email@example.com. I encourage you to send in a photo of your tool in action. We’ll send you a $10 gift card to Panera or Starbucks for your effort (but we need your email to do it). Just a moment of your time can make a world of difference to a fellow technician. After all, isn’t it the season of giving?