DIY Toolbox: Gripping Tools

From working with tiny parts to turning rusted fasteners or holding pieces of wood firmly while you cut, gripping tools are indispensable helpers.

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  • Tongue-and-Groove Pliers

    Adjustable jaws on these Channel Lock pliers allow you to grip large-diameter items securely. Long handles further amplify your leverage. Grab this tool for taking apart plumbing to unclog drains and for holding large items while working on them.

  • Linesman's Pliers

    These robust pliers were primarily designed to grip, crimp, shape, and cut electrical wire. But as any homeowner knows, these pliers are useful for lots of other tasks, from pulling small finishing nails to bending and cutting coat-hanger wire for art projects. Look for a rustproof finish and no-slip grips.

  • Long-Nose Pliers

    Designed to work their way into confines that your fingers can't, these pliers are still hefty enough to provide a lot of gripping force. Choose a pair with fine-tooth jaws and with a hinge that operates without binding.

  • Locking Pliers

    These incredibly handy devices are a combination pliers-and-clamp that can grip and hold items. Use them when you need extraordinary gripping force, to clamp small items together (while drilling holes, for example), or as temporary replacements for levers or knobs on faucets, door handles, or sporting equipment. Locking pliers are available in a variety of sizes and jaw styles.

  • Locking Pliers

    These locking pliers have a blunter nose than those in the previous slide. This incredibly handy device is a combination pliers-and-clamp that can grip and hold items. Use them when you need extraordinary gripping force, to clamp small items together (while drilling holes, for example), or as temporary replacements for levers or knobs on faucets, door handles, or sporting equipment.

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