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Great Pliers for Basic Home Repair
One of the most essential tools in your home repair toolbox will be the pliers. Unlike what many people think there is not just one type of pliers for all jobs. You will need three basic types of pliers to cover most of your repair needs in the home including:
- Needle or Long Nose
All of these pliers are very different and have various purposes. As one of my readers I want you to know which pliers to use for what task at hand. And "at hand" these pliers will be as they... are some of the most essential hand tools in your arsenal.
I also recommend you not buy your pliers in the 99 cent "Made in China" bins at the hardware or drug store. These tools are often not safe and break easily. Buy a quality tool and it will be safe, will not break on you and will last you many years.
So read on, stop trying to tighten nuts and bolts with those long-nose pliers and let's see what pliers to use for a given job!Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Pliers: Slip Joint
Slip-joint pliers are the pliers of choice if you only had one to pick. It is versatile and can handle a variety of jobs ranging from tightening or loosening nuts to pulling small nails.
Slip-Joint pliers have two sets of teeth, fine and coarse. The fine teeth are found at the end of the jaws and are used for fine work like gripping small objects or nails or delicately pressing or holding things together.
The coarse teeth are use to grip larger objects or to increase gripping pressure because of... the leverage gained by gripping something at the back of the jaws. These are the teeth you would use to grip a nut or bolt.
The feature that gives these pliers its name however is the slip-joint characteristic of these pliers. The slip-joint allows you to move the handles apart slightly to increase the jaw size and enlarge the grip capacity of the pliers. A variation of these pliers are tongue and groove pliers for larger gripping needs and were made famous by Channellock®
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Pliers: Needle-Nose or Long-Nose
Long nose pliers are a great tool in their proper application. However they are probably one of the most improperly used pliers by beginning home repair folks.
Long-nose pliers allows you to grip fine, small objects like wire and small nails or brads. They also allows you to cut with the cutting edges found at the back of the upper and lower jaws.
Long-nose pliers have very limited jaw opening capabilities and are NOT intended for use with bolts or nuts. They are however an essential tool for... electrical work with wires.
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Lock-Joint pliers are the atomic bomb in your toolbox. These pliers are usually made from high strength steel and were made famous by and are commonly called Vise-Grip® although that is a registered trademark of IRWIN Industrial Tools.
These pliers are like large slip-joint pliers on steroids. The jaws enlarge or reduce in size by turning the knurled knob at the back of the pliers. They are primarily intended for firm "vise-like" gripping of an object.
Once you enlarge the jaws to the proper size,... you over enlarge them slightly with the knob and then clamp the pliers together. The pliers will snap into the clamping position and is held together with a strong spring and cam action.
To release the clamping action, you either push or pull (depending on style) the "release" lever at the bottom of the pliers' handle.