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Jim, that's a very good fix on the self-locking nuts. Standard rule of thumb from the USAF Technical Order 1-1A-8, hardware manual, is if you can run a nut or a bolt past the self- locking feature by hand, it is time for a replacement. Generally, finger tight is about 15 inch pounds torque, so using that premise anything over 15 in.lb. is a good nut. The only real problem is getting the nut too flattened that it starts eating the threads of the bolt or stud. Finesse is the key word here. HTH.

Ron
 
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