Sorry I've been quiet for a few days. I was traveling.
hondaguy, I hope you didn't waste too much time looking for that tracking number. The package arrived today! You packed it up beautifully, and the tool is beautiful. I can't wait to try it out. I probably won't be able to do that until Monday. I'll post here to let you know how it goes. Thanks again for being so helpful.
hondayguy and holycow, thanks for the tips about not using my torque wrench as a breaker bar. That makes sense. I probably shouldn't risk messing up the calibration. It's a Sears tool, which means it's OK but far from indestructible.
My 12" breaker bar is a good one. It was made by Herbrand around 1945! I inherited a bunch of excellent Herbrand tools from my dad. You probably never heard of them. They were a pioneer in high-quality tools, before Snap-on and SK even existed, I think. You can see my antique breaker bar here:
I think I've never put a big pipe on the end, but I bet it's pretty safe to do so.
I am so uncomfortable in gloves that I rarely wear them
I know what you mean. For certain kinds of jobs gloves just don't work. I probably wouldn't wear them if I'm doing, say, a valve adjustment. But if I'm handling wheels/tires, I always have them on. Or setting up my hydraulic jack and jack stands. Or mowing.
These gloves are exceptionally comfortable, and they provide great feel and grip. The ones I have look similar to this:
Don't be fooled by that price. It's $38.76, but that's for a dozen.
That item is not exactly what I have, so I can't vouch for that exact item. I wish I could remember where I got the ones I have. Maybe a yard sale.
I think kevlar gloves are a pretty recent invention, and I find them much better than any other work gloves I've ever tried. So if you haven't tried them, maybe you should, and you might be surprised at how easy it is to work with them on.
I have good luck with Harbor Freight tools.
I doubt that a longer breaker bar has a stronger head; it must be more efficient to manufacture them all the same, just cutting the handles to different lengths.
That makes a lot of sense. I'm not sure they actually cut the handles, but it makes sense from a manufacturing perspective that all the 1/2" breakers bars would have the same head, regardless of the length of the handle. Anyway, my Herbrand breaker bar has survived for about 65 years, so I bet I will not be able to kill it by putting it between a pipe and a Honda.
Anytime I use a cheater pipe like that I think there's a risk of it slipping and then I get hurt, but I think I just need to be careful.