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What is a boiler pump multitool?

 
         
         
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A boiler pump multitool is a tool that has been designed specifically for tightening and loosening all of the different types of screws that are used to hold a boiler pump (sometimes referred to as a circulator pump) together.

 
         
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A boiler pump makes hot water flow from your boiler to the radiators throughout your house. Without it, your radiators would be cold!

 
         
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The multitool can be reconfigured to match the specific task you need it to do. It counts as five tools in one.

 
         
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There is only one brand of boiler pump multitool: the “Jonmac” or “Johnny Mac”. This is an abbreviated name of the tool’s inventor, John Macoughlin.

 
         
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A famous tennis player earned his name for the fact that he used to ride a dinghy up the river to repair boiler pumps. In other words, he used to take his Jonmac and row…

 
         
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What are the 5 functions of a boiler pump multitool?

 
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The multitool has bits that allow it to function as an allen key to fit 4mm (5/32″), 5mm (13/64″) or 6mm (15/64″) screws.

 
         
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A bit is the part of a screwdriver or allen key that fits inside a screw. In the case of the multitool, there are 4 different bits that can be attached to the tool. A fifth is permanently attached to the handle.

 
         
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An allen key is a hexagonal tool designed to turn screws with hexagonal recesses in their heads. It is sometimes referred to as a hex-key or allen wrench.

 
         
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Tool 4

The multitool can function as a screwdriver with a 4mm (5/32″) flat bit.

 
         
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A screwdriver turns a screw by slotting into the top of it to provide grip that you would not be able to get by turning it with your bare hands. 

 
         
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Screwdrivers with flat bits turn screws with flat, linear indentations (slots) in their heads.

 
         
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Tool 5

The multitool also has a separate flat bit in its handle.

 
         
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This part of the tool is designed for turning bleed screw cover plates, which look like giant screws.

 
         
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Removing this cover plate allows access to the inside of the pump for repairs, or to bleed the pump of air.