Quick Tip: Pliers

Pliers are essential in any project that requires you to grip, position, tighten, loosen or cut certain metal elements.


Pliers are a relatively modern invention, and it’s hard to imagine what people did without them. There are a dozen or more kinds of pliers, and your toolbox should contain at least the big three: slip-joint pliers, lock-joint pliers, and diagonal pliers. Also handy are rib-joint, water-pumped, needle-nose, long-nose, locking and lineman’s pliers.

For more on tools, consider:

Unfastening Tools
The Essential Toolbox
Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip—Pliers