Definitions for pipe wrench
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a tool having two toothed jaws, one fixed and the other free, that can be adjusted to grip pipes and other tubular objects when the tool is turned in one direction only.
Category: Machinery, Building Trades
Origin of pipe wrench:
pipe wrench, tube wrench(noun)
adjustable wrench for gripping and turning a pipe; has two serrated jaws that are adjusted to grip the pipe
An adjustable wrench (British spanner) with a toothed jaw for gripping pipe, frequently used by a plumber or pipe fitter, to loosen and tighten pipes with threaded connections.
The pipe wrench, Stillson wrench or Stillsons is an adjustable wrench used for turning soft iron pipes and fittings with a rounded surface. The design of the adjustable jaw allows it to rock in the frame, such that any forward pressure on the handle tends to pull the jaws tighter together. Teeth angled in the direction of turn dig into the soft pipe. They are not intended for use on hardened steel hex nuts or other fittings because they would ruin the head; however, if a hex nut is soft enough that it becomes rounded beyond use with standard wrenches, a pipe wrench is sometimes used to break the bolt or nut free. Pipe wrenches are usually sold in the following sizes: 10, 14, 18, 24, 36, and 48 inches, although smaller and larger sizes are available as well. They are usually made of cast steel. Teeth, and jaw kits can be bought to repair broken wrenches, as this is cheaper than buying a new wrench.
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