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Hello fellas,haven't I seen some rubber tapered plugs some where? For mechanics that you can ram in a hose when splitting tractors etc...???? To stop drips and messes when working on stuff and leaving it apart a while. Hate all the messes and pools of oil the next day. Thanks, hope everyone is well.

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I use the little orange tapered plastic plugs for reusing calking tubes, small bolts, and plastic dust caps from hyd. Fittings.

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I've seen them at hose and rubber in billings mt...thats it tho...

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You mean like this? Your local Cat dealer should have these in stock.15854912265002095985976.thumb.jpg.4f99371c1c2e51b91f7b7cca037e9580.jpg15854912826381563185609.thumb.jpg.1cb8d38786ee0c3a56712434f9b1a161.jpg1585491304751565229001.thumb.jpg.3b39a451d7e2e5ce801edba6d15fc6ef.jpg

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Oops, long time since I did a double post!15854912265002095985976.thumb.jpg.4f99371c1c2e51b91f7b7cca037e9580.jpg15854912826381563185609.thumb.jpg.1cb8d38786ee0c3a56712434f9b1a161.jpg1585491304751565229001.thumb.jpg.3b39a451d7e2e5ce801edba6d15fc6ef.jpg

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My hardware store stocks a drawer full of rubber plugs. you can grab whichever ones look handy. I also keep some like Cattech showed although I dont have a nice set like his. I just have them more for FME plugs. 

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I bought a lot of JIC and pipe plugs and caps from Discount Hydraulic fittings. Have some AN too, they're the same pitch and angle as JIC.  The plastic ones are good for keeping stuff out but it seems they still drip.

Love the rubber ones mjcoleemn posted.

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1 hour ago, Cattech said:

Oops, long time since I did a double post!15854912265002095985976.thumb.jpg.4f99371c1c2e51b91f7b7cca037e9580.jpg15854912826381563185609.thumb.jpg.1cb8d38786ee0c3a56712434f9b1a161.jpg1585491304751565229001.thumb.jpg.3b39a451d7e2e5ce801edba6d15fc6ef.jpg

A buddy of mine once was telling me about the cat shops having a plug. For every size hole. Once something is disassembled it is capped.

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I use anything that will plug it. Golf Ts and marbles have their places also. 
 

Jerry

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I cut the ends off old hydraulic hoses and weld them shut.  That doesn’t solve the heater hose a/c hoses though.  

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5 minutes ago, Paystar5000 said:

I cut the ends off old hydraulic hoses and weld them shut.  That doesn’t solve the heater hose a/c hoses though.  

Genius Andy!

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3 hours ago, Cattech said:

Oops, long time since I did a double post!15854912265002095985976.thumb.jpg.4f99371c1c2e51b91f7b7cca037e9580.jpg15854912826381563185609.thumb.jpg.1cb8d38786ee0c3a56712434f9b1a161.jpg1585491304751565229001.thumb.jpg.3b39a451d7e2e5ce801edba6d15fc6ef.jpg

Have that same kit.  Theres also a company called StockCap that has plastic plug kits.  I keep one set just for fuel system use.  

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I keep all the plugs I get on lines or fittings. image.thumb.jpg.56f753fc22aecb8bf068a8dd7c702035.jpg

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In our shops, it is a written policy that EVERY open hose, port, whatever, is capped as soon as it is opened. Thus the above plug kit. Every technician is provided with that kit as well as one that contains $2000 or so worth of steel JIC, ORB, OFS, and STOR caps & plugs.

Caterpillar has a rep who randomly stops by dealerships and grades the places, this is one of the things they look for and I swear the guy can smell an open hose. You get a * rating, 1-5... there's a 10 page checklist that covers how tidy the facility is to whether the techs can answer a few questions, and how many people have gotten hurt. Our ownership has made it clear, anything less than 5 stars IS NOT an option.

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I’ll be honest with you...I’m NOT a fan of plastic plugs for capping lines unless they form a tight seal around the OD of the line being split...and I’ll explain why. The first reason New Englander alluded to...most of them still leak/drip a small amount when used, but the biggest reason is that someway, somehow somebody inadvertently forgets to remove them if they jammed them into the hose to stop the seappage...and now you have more problems. Seems like about every other year I hear a story of some technician fighting something not working on a machine after they repaired it....only to find out that a cap was left in an open line somewhere that was overlooked. I think the worst one I saw personally was a guy left a small plug in a fuel line that migrated all the way to the charge pump on an injection pump...and wrecked havoc with the charge pump. It isn’t just techs/mechanics this happens to, it also happens to OEMs as well. 3-4 years ago we had a brand-new CaseIH swather that was going through predelivery...and the air conditioning wouldn’t work. After checking pressures with gauges, we determined there was a blockage/obstruction in a line on the high-pressure side of the system. Lo and behold, there was one of those plastic caps jammed in the line about an inch from a connection point in the high side. In another situation, I replaced a hydraulic line on a 2388 that had rubbed through and drained all the hydraulic oil. After installing the line and filling up the reservoir with Hy-Tran, I started the machine up...only to have no hydraulic functions. I started pressure checking...no hydraulic pressure anywhere. Pulled the line off where it feeds into the hydraulic pump...dry as a bone. Drained the reservoir and removed the line...again a plug was in the line about an inch from the end of the hose(and this was after I made sure that I had removed a cap plug on each end of the hose before installing it...there were 2 cap plugs laying on the tailgate of the pickup). So....be careful with those cap plugs. They can cause as much problems as they solve sometimes. 
 

As far threaded fittings, I’ve got caps/plugs for pretty much anything I have to deal with. I’ve kept enough cap/plugs from new A/C lines to have them covered. JIC, ORB, face seal fittings and pipe plugs I have a good assortment of. If it’s a fitting that is not something commonly found in the US( such as several fittings on FPT engine), CNH is pretty good at supplying them to the dealer as a special tool kit for that machine. 

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McMaster has a large selection of hose stoppers and various plugs in general.  I recently bought some tube plugs made from live rubber that are normally used in test tubes and other chemistry stuff to CLOSE 3/8 holes in the floor of a bus. where the seats were removed.

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Nice selection of ideas guys. Thanks a lot . The tapered,pointed yellow ones are the ones Ive seen some where. I like Cat Techs set but I have a bunch of them Ive kept over the years. LOL.Thanks again for the ideas. You guys never disappoint..

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1 hour ago, cwinn said:

Nice selection of ideas guys. Thanks a lot . The tapered,pointed yellow ones are the ones Ive seen some where. I like Cat Techs set but I have a bunch of them Ive kept over the years. LOL.Thanks again for the ideas. You guys never disappoint..

The local hydraulic shop sells those.

 I can PM you the information if you would like me to.

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