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Old 06-08-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default Typical nut sizes for pole bases?

Up until recently, I've always been a helper and have had to use whatever the Journeyman throws at me for tightening and loosening the bolts at pole bases for lights that you see in parking lots and what not. It's always been a giant adjustable wrench with a cheater bar or a giant pair of channellocks. Now that I have a van, I'm looking to invest in some sockets instead. I was just wondering what size nuts you typically see at light pole bases? The poles I work on are typically something like 30ft - 40ft poles give or take. Sometimes less, sometimes more.

I'm just going to buy a set online, I just don't know what sizes to buy. Thanks for your help!
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If memory serves me, they are 3/4 to 1". I think.
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I was on a service van for many years and bought my own sockets and cheater bar for light posts. These were individual sockets, not in a set. I still have them and just looked, they are 1”1/8 and 1”1/4
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Thanks, I think you're pretty spot on. I forgot that I could basically search "anchor bolt" and it seams like 1" and 3/4" are just about what is used. Appreciate the help!

Edit: Awesome thanks Incognito. Will make sure I have those as well!
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I’m sure many post bolts are 1” and smaller as well, which come in most socket sets, but I definitely bought those individual ones for posts at one time because my set only went up to 1” and I needed them.
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I have work on parking lot luminaires abit so I am famuair with the size

typically one inch or larger nuts so expect that the shorter poiles will use 7!8 or one inch nuts but larger one use 1 1!8 or 1 1!4 but few I ran into are inch and half but once a blue moon you will slam into metric verison ( common in my area ) useally 25 or 30mm is norm to use it.

get them in 3!4 inch socket driver they will hold up better than common half inch socket driver. I have both 3/4 and inch drivers on hand so I can deal some pretty big arse units.
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I have work on parking lot luminaires abit so I am famuair with the size

typically one inch or larger nuts so expect that the shorter poiles will use 7!8 or one inch nuts but larger one use 1 1!8 or 1 1!4 but few I ran into are inch and half but once a blue moon you will slam into metric verison ( common in my area ) useally 25 or 30mm is norm to use it.

get them in 3!4 inch socket driver they will hold up better than common half inch socket driver. I have both 3/4 and inch drivers on hand so I can deal some pretty big arse units.
Perfect, thanks! I was looking at some sets on Amazon that come in a 3/4" drive, and then I noticed a set that was 1"... I'd go with the overkill but they are like $250+. The 3/4" I'm looking at is $137 with crazy good reviews
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-4-Inch...ct_top?ie=UTF8
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Perfect, thanks! I was looking at some sets on Amazon that come in a 3/4" drive, and then I noticed a set that was 1"... I'd go with the overkill but they are like $250+. The 3/4" I'm looking at is $137 with crazy good reviews
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-4-Inch...ct_top?ie=UTF8
Check out the Habor Fright or one of tool supply centre they should have them on hand with reasonable price.

Make sure you get the cheater or breaker bar along with that. ( you will use the breaker bar more often to get them loosen up )

and the toqure valve to lock them down typically 350 plus footpounds check the specs on the achor bolts and size of them that will change a bit.

that why I use 3/4 inch driver often. I just got done with one not too long ago with 12 meter pole that need almost 500 ft lbs toqure to lock it down.
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Generally speaking, the nut on a 3/4" bolt will be 1 - 1/8". If it's a 'heavy' nut (fairly common on light poles) it'll be 1 - 1/4"

For a 7/8" bolt, standard would be 1 - 5/16". Heavy is 1 - 7/16"

A 1 " bolt will be 1 - 1/2". Heavy is 1 - 5/8".

Sometimes, for smaller poles, you'll see 5/8" bolts. The nut size here is 15/16" and 1 - 1/16".
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This guy just learned more than he wanted to about nut sizes.
Ouch!

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This guy just learned more than he wanted to about nut sizes.
Ouch!

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Damn, he suffered a ruptured testicle and basically brushes it off and gets ready for the next pitch lol, wtf... This is why I'll never be a pro at any sport.

@micromind Damn good information, thanks!
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It's obvious you guys are just "nuts".
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Generally speaking, the nut on a 3/4" bolt will be 1 - 1/8". If it's a 'heavy' nut (fairly common on light poles) it'll be 1 - 1/4"

For a 7/8" bolt, standard would be 1 - 5/16". Heavy is 1 - 7/16"

A 1 " bolt will be 1 - 1/2". Heavy is 1 - 5/8".

Sometimes, for smaller poles, you'll see 5/8" bolts. The nut size here is 15/16" and 1 - 1/16".
With a few exceptions, a utility size nut is 1 1/2 x the diameter of the bolt. A heavy or 2H nut is 1 1/2 x the diameter + 1/8.
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wtf... This is why I'll never be a pro at any sport.
Same here, the inability to disregard testicle injury is what kept me out of the big leagues. That, and the lack of athletic talent.
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Same here, the inability to disregard testicle injury is what kept me out of the big leagues. That, and the lack of athletic talent.
This guy ruptured his nut in the 3rd inning and stuck it out four more innings... What a wimp. He should have just walked it off and finished the game. If he loses that nut, he can always buy a Sprinter and start hanging ceiling fans.
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this guy ruptured his nut in the 3rd inning and stuck it out four more innings... What a wimp. He should have just walked it off and finished the game. If he loses that nut, he can always buy a sprinter and start hanging ceiling fans.
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With a few exceptions, a utility size nut is 1 1/2 x the diameter of the bolt. A heavy or 2H nut is 1 1/2 x the diameter + 1/8.
I did not know that! That's a lot easier than searching the internet to look it up every time.

To the OP - my advice would be, unless you are pretty sure you are going to use all these sizes regularly, maybe don't buy the set, just buy quality stuff in the size or sizes you need now, add the others later.

If you need to be ready on the spot when the need arises for all the sizes, yes, buy the set.

But, you buy the set and find out something's metric, or you find your set skips 1-7/16 and that's what you need, or etc., and you still wind up buying or borrowing singles.

If it's not something you need the same day, singles are usually not that bad to buy on the internet. Unless you can borrow them, which I usually can. At the local industrial supply, you might as well just leave your wallet in your pants and give them your pants if you have to buy singles. But it's still way ahead of buying a set full of stuff you never use.

I have too many "sets" I bought that 10 or more years later, all but two sizes still have the factory dust on them, never been used. And that's if they don't get lost, stolen, or permanently borrowed.
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The other item you will need it often is wire brush wheel cuz you will have to knock some rust off the threads before you remove the nuts off the bolts that will make a big difference on the time you save.
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The other item you will need it often is wire brush wheel cuz you will have to knock some rust off the threads before you remove the nuts off the bolts that will make a big difference on the time you save.

Wire brush...or a can of brake clean and a blow torch to burn the crud off.
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Just go big

But they are pricy..
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