Letters and Miscellanies

By Staff

Regarding the mystery tool in Gas Engine Magazine, May
2005 issue: Wow! If any inquiries get into this column you sure
will get a bunch of answers. I received a total of 27 replies, most
from utility workers, who knew exactly what this tool was used for
as explained in the June 2005 issue. Eugene Rosenberg of Spirit
Lake, Iowa, even sent me one of the caps with the five-sided brass
nut, which fits the wrench. You just can’t get any better than

But one other thing is interesting to note: With only one
exception, all the replies have been from north of Virginia, and
ranged from New England to the West Coast. That certainly indicates
these locking utility caps were used only in northern states, and
explains why nobody around here had any idea what the tool was.

Thanks much for all the help.
Thomas A. Cox
3511 Clydewood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23234

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