How to Improvise a Pair of Channellock Pliers

What You'll Need
Channellock pliers
A tough case or webbing to keep the pliers in
Work gloves

Improving a pair of channellock pliers is something that happens often as it is one of the most common tools around. Also sometimes called a tongue-and-groove pliers, it is a versatile tool that can grab, squeeze, and crush objects due to its serrated jaws. Here are some great ways on how to improvise using a pair of channellock pliers that you may have never known about:

Is Your Drain Clogged?

If you have tried everything to unclog your drains by using a plunger or a plumber's snake but it still does not work, you will need to try something different and get more hands-on. You will need to go underneath the sink and disconnect all the pipes. Make sure you have a bucket handy for excess water. In order to disconnect all the pipes (drain pipe, p-trap, and maybe a drain stub) you will need to use your channellock pliers to disassemble everything.

Removing Car Batteries

Channellock pliers to may be used to remove a vehicle's battery cables by grabbing onto the battery connection with the pliers and twisting them back and forth until they come off. This method is especially useful if the cables are rusty or are just very stubborn to remove.

Want to Know What Firefighters Have in Their Pocket?

Channellock pliers are so useful that firefighters use channellock pliers in their daily work! They truly improvise with these pliers to make it into a key tool which can be used to force their way into entering any buildings or rooms during a fire using forcible entry techniques. This is done by modifying the handles and using a key apparatus.

Step 1 – Make the Key

At the non-handle side of the pliers, place one part on the grinder. On the other side, heat it and bend it with a hammer so it bends at a 90-degree angle. Use caution when touching the heated metal as it can burn your skin. Wear clothing that covers most of your skin and work gloves that are thick. When using pressure to bend, make sure that enough heat has been applied to make pliers more malleable. After this is done, let it cool down.

Step 2 – Cover It

This tool is very sharp, so you will need to cover it with some sort of tough webbing. This will help prevent any trauma that may be inflicted due to the sharp ends. Try to find covering that is tough and durable but comes off easily when needed. You don't want the hassle of putting it on and off before and after each use.

These are only three of many ways that channellock pliers can be used in different ways, as it's such as versatile tool. Although not many people do modify channellock pliers in the way that firefighters do, these pliers are something that everyone must have in their toolkit.