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In how many positions can slip-joint pliers be used?

Slip-joint pliers are the most basic type of pliers. Learn how many positions they can be set to in this article.

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  • 10 Hand Tools that Have Real Power

    10 Hand Tools that Have Real Power

    Electrical tools may get all the glory when it comes to DIY, but there are plenty of tools that that never need batteries or cords. Here are 10 tools that only need the power of the hands that wield them. See more »

  • 10 Must-have Tools for Any Workshop

    10 Must-have Tools for Any Workshop

    We love our power drill, but for some jobs, nothing beats a good old hand tool. What are some of the must-haves for your toolbox? See more »

  • How do spray bottles pump fluid?

    How do spray bottles pump fluid?

    How do spray bottles (like the ones used for cleaning products) pump fluid? Why do you have to pump them a couple of times before they start spraying? Find out the answers to these questions with this helpful article. See more »

  • How do stud finders work?

    How do stud finders work?

    I have an electronic stud finder, and I am amazed at how well it works. How does it know where the studs are? See more »

  • How Laser Levels Work

    How Laser Levels Work

    Some of us don't think crooked kitchen cabinets are delightfully quirky or that uneven tiles give the bathroom floor personality. Some of us want things to be straight. Is a laser the answer? See more »

  • How Spud Guns Work

    How Spud Guns Work

    A spud gun can hurl potatoes hundreds of feet at close to 400 miles per hour. But why is this staple of the dinner table such a popular projectile? Learn the science of spud guns and how they can be customized. See more »

  • What does "Case Hardened" mean when it's stamped on a piece of metal?

    What does "Case Hardened" mean when it's stamped on a piece of metal?

    Metal locks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and are made of various materials. Some locks have the words "Case Hardened" stamped on it. What does "Case Hardened" mean? See more »

  • Why do tools have "Drop Forged" stamped on them? What is drop forging?

    Why do tools have "Drop Forged" stamped on them? What is drop forging?

    A number of tools, like wrenches and C-clamps, have the words "Drop Forged" stamped on the handle. What does that mean? Find out with the help of this article. See more »

  • Backsaw

    Backsaw

    A backsaw is typically used to cut tenons, also called joints or grooves, in wood. Find out how to safely use this handy tool in this article. See more »

  • Chalk Line

    Chalk Line

    A chalk line makes it easy for anyone to draw a long, straight line. Learn how to use this marking device at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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