How to Select Pliers

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Andy from Klein Tools selects different plier options for your next home improvement project.

    Jeremy: I am Jeremy from Klein Tools. Today I am going to discuss how to select the right pliers for your next home improvement project.

    There are lot of different types of pliers and wire-strippers in the market right now. And as the thing goes, its important to have the right tool for the job.

    Lets take a closure look at the different options.

    Diagonal cutting pliers are intended for the cutting for wire and are generally not used to grab or turn anything.

    The plain defined by the cutting edges of the jaws intersect the joint rivet at an angle or on a diagonal hence the name.

    Long nose pliers are both cutting and holding pliers. Bend, reposition and cut wire. Because of the long shape they are useful for reaching into small areas where cables or other materials are hard to reach.

    Some pliers are gripping pliers with an adjustable joint. The width and gripping capacity adjust based on the set position which makes them suitable for gripping all kinds of items.

    Side-cutting pliers, also known as linemans pliers are a heavy duty tool used for cutting wire. Side-cutting pliers have a narrow jaw to assist with gripping, pulling and twisting wires.

    Slip joint pliers are pliers whose pivot point or fulcrum can be moved to increase the size range of the jaws. They are used for gripping and twisting.

    Special use pliers include any specialty pliers such as all-purpose pliers. All-purpose pliers like these combine functions of long nose pliers and a wire-stripper. It is two tools in one, but does way more than two things. They can cut wire, strip wire, shear bolts, and the long nose is great for grabbing and looping wire.

    Any of the pliers we discussed can be found at Big Box Home Improvement Stores, online retailers or your local trusted electrical distributor.

    As you can see with all the different plier options its important to have an understanding of which tool you will need for the job, so you have the right one every time.

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