How to Use Groove-Joint Pliers

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Groove-joint pliers are a handy tool to have in your toolbox due to their versatility and ease of use. The pliers have several grooves that allow the lower plier jaw to move up and down, increasing or decreasing the distance between the two jaws. Groove-joint pliers are typically used in a plumbing setting due to the fact that they are able to expand wide enough to use on pipes, while at the same time are adjustable to fit standard bolts.

  • Hold the pliers with two hands, with one hand one each handle.

  • Open the pliers as far as they will open.

  • Move the bottom jaw/top handle up to bring the jaws closer together or down to pull them further apart.

  • Bring the handles back together to lock the size setting into place.

  • Open the pliers slightly to clamp onto an object, such as a nut or a pipe.

  • Squeeze the handles together to lock the jaws onto the object. Continue squeezing the handles while loosening or tightening the object, as the pliers do not automatically lock.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap tape around the jaws if you're loosening or tightening an object that you do not want to scratch.

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