Part of the joy of working with tools is discovering new and unexpected ways to use them. While it might be tempting to use an old pair of pliers as an impromptu hammer, today's modern pliers, like those from Handy Craft Tools, can serve a multitude of purposes beyond their intended functions. In this blog post, we'll explore some innovative and practical alternative uses for pliers that you may not have considered before.
The Evolution of Pliers
Pliers have a rich history dating back centuries, originally designed for tasks like blacksmithing and casting. Over time, their designs evolved to meet the demands of various specialized jobs. While modern pliers have become highly specialized tools, they still possess the versatility to tackle unexpected challenges. Here are a few alternative uses for your pliers that showcase their adaptability:
1. Removing a Bathtub Spout
Tool of Choice: Tongue and Groove Pliers (e.g., Handy Craft Tools' Klaw Pump Pliers)
If you find yourself needing to replace a bathtub spout, your trusty tongue and groove pliers can come to the rescue. Insert one handle into the spout and turn the other handle counterclockwise to remove it effortlessly.
2. Nailing Precision
Tool of Choice: Long-Nose Pliers
Instead of attempting to hold a nail in place with your fingers, opt for the precision of long-nose pliers. This way, even if your hammer aim isn't perfect, you'll avoid those painful mishits.
3. Removing Electrical Staples
Tool of Choice: Diagonal Cutting Pliers
When dealing with stubborn electrical staples, diagonal cutting pliers can save the day. Carefully clamp the edge of the staple with the cutting blades and pry it away without nicking the cable.
4. Handling Stubborn Nails
Tool of Choice: Locking Pliers
For those nails that just won't budge, locking pliers provide the grip and leverage needed to tackle the job effectively.
5. Tooth Fairy Pliers
Tool of Choice: Pliers (with caution!)
In a time-honored tradition, pliers can come to the rescue when a child has a stubbornly loose tooth hanging by a thread. While not for the faint of heart, it can earn the willing party some serious "street cred."
Embrace Your Inner Innovator
Being a professional means using your imagination to solve job-related problems. It involves discovering new uses for your tools and finding creative solutions. Our new changeable headed pliers set could be a helper. While these alternative uses for pliers are handy, we recommend reserving your most creative ideas for older or cheaper tools that can withstand a bit of abuse.
Do you have any unique suggestions or alternative uses for your pliers or other tools? We'd love to hear about the creative ways you've used your tools to get the job done. Send us a note and share your innovative ideas with us!