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This is a very complicated and expensive device that has been invented for the sole purpose of extracting cash from those that know nothing about vehicle maintenance and call a Dial-a-mechanic to help change a tail light bulb. It looks like a cross between a welding mask, a pair or electricians pliers
and a King Charles Spaniel.
For head light bulbs you need the even more expensive grunge-pinion fitting as well, which stops you skinning your knuckles. Its a pair of welding gloves.
(With apologies to knowtion for disruption to their idea.)
link to an honest dial-a-mechanic
He wouldn't rip you off. [knowtion, Mar 11 2009]
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More tools to suit your speciality needs
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||I suspect the alternative medicine industry have a patent on this business model.
||I think you'll find there's a fairly mature market in these types of items.
||Of course, as with programmers, proper craftsfolk are measured on the amount of time they spend creating their own tools.