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  • How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

    My husband has a strap wrench and has asked me to find a picture of one in actual use. He can't figure out how the strap gets tight so it won't slip. Any suggestions?

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    Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

    the strap rench i prefer is a cheep rubber strap with a plastic handle.

    basically you take the strap, either rubber or the plastic coated cloth, or cloth strap and make a loop around the pipe or object. snug up the strap and pinch it between the heel of the wrench and the pipe. this will allow you to turn in 1 direction only. if it's the wrong direction, turn the wrench over/ reverse, and repeat the process.

    what application are you using the wrench on?

    the fancy ridgid wrench is too slick (cloth) of a strap. you need a rubber or rubber coated strap to get a good bite.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

      Thank you for the quick response!

      He's re-installing a bathroom sink that had been leaking and is trying to tighten a chrome pipe in the back. He has a strap wrench with a yellow cloth thing that is not smooth to the touch. We did locate a picture and tried doing what you said. It got really tight when he tried it on my wrist but it keeps slipping on the pipe.

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      • #4
        Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

        A Ridgid stap wrench does not work real well on a smooth perfectly round object. You need to have something for the heal of the wrench to bite on. It will still work but it is an acquired skill.

        Mark
        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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        • #5
          Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

          Put some tape on the pipe

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          • #6
            Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

            You're supposed to put rosin on the strap, but even then those things are difficult at best to use. I'm with Rick, those cheesy plastic strap wrenches (available at Sears) work great.
            the dog

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            • #7
              Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

              here are a few pictures of one in use,
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              • #8
                Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

                Have any of you ever seen or tried the KLEIN S12H or S18H strap wrenches?
                http://www.tools-plus.com/klein-s12h.html
                http://www.tools-plus.com/klein-s18h.html

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                • #9
                  Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

                  the best way is throw away in rubish bin the strap that comes with
                  the ridge 31340 and replace by a rubber one


                  Originally posted by Delw View Post
                  My husband has a strap wrench and has asked me to find a picture of one in actual use. He can't figure out how the strap gets tight so it won't slip. Any suggestions?

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                  • #10
                    Re: How do you actually USE a strap wrench?

                    Originally posted by jose View Post
                    the best way is throw away in rubish bin the strap that comes with
                    the ridge 31340 and replace by a rubber one
                    welcome jose

                    glad to see some more activity from down under.

                    its been a while since i've been to your country.

                    have you guys figured out how to get the toilets to swirl in the clockwise direction yet

                    we need someone on this forum working the night shift.

                    welcome and stick around for some real plumbing brain twisters.

                    rick.
                    phoebe it is

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