Slip-joint pliers slide at the joint which adjusts the width of the jaws to fit the fastener. This makes them a universal tool for almost any repair. Keep them handy for loosening and tightening fasteners, pulling nails out, or using them for extra grip.
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2. ANGLE-NOSE OR CHANNEL-LOCK PLIERS
These adjustable pliers have offset jaws to reach different angles and a long handle for extra leverage. They’re especially handy on plumbing projects or for loosening large nuts or bolts. The longer the handle, the more leverage you can exert. And they come with straight and curved jaws to improve your grip.
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3. LOCKING OR VISE GRIP PLIERS
Locking pliers, also known as vise grips, have adjustable jaws and a mechanism that clamps down to keep its grip. They’re great for frozen bolts or to keep one piece in place while cranking on another. A set with straight and curved jaws come in handy.
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4. LONG NOSE OR NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS
The tapered shape of needle nose pliers make them great in tight spots or for making small bends in wire. A set of several sizes comes in handy for all kinds of repairs.
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5. LINESMAN OR COMBINATION PLIERS
A.k.a. Lineman’s pliers, they have a cutting joint at the base of the gripping jaws. They are useful for gripping, twisting, bending, and cutting wire or cable.
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6. HELPFUL TIP
A spring loaded handle is a nice feature that saves time.
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7. HELPFUL TIP
Plier teeth can mar the surface of an object. Cover them with tape to protect the finish.
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8. HELPFUL TIP
You can use pliers on nuts and bolts in a pinch, but reach for the right size wrench instead of taking that shortcut.