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What are Wrenches used for?

Wrenches are made in various shapes and sizes and are used for gripping, fastening, turning, tightening and loosening things like pipes, pipe fittings, nuts and bolts. There are basically two major kinds of wrenches: Pipe wrenches used in plumbing for gripping round (cylindrical) things.

What does a Spanner Wrench look like?

The most common type of spanner wrench is the C spanner. Its head is open in the shape of the letter C, and its jaws are meant to correspond to the similarly sized nut. The obstruction spanner is similar to the C spanner, except its jaws are angled more steeply to enable you to reach nuts in confined spaces.

What is a Wire Brush used for?

The wire brush is primarily an abrasive implement, used for cleaning rust and removing paint. It is also used to clean surfaces and to create a better conductive area for attaching electrical connections, such as those between car battery posts and their connectors, should they accumulate a build-up of grime and dirt.

Can I use a Wire Brush on wood?

A wire brush is a tool for removing paint or finish from the wood. Applied aggressively, a wire brush can also be used to distress wood because it will wear off the softer, lighter-coloured portions of the wood grain while leaving the denser wood behind.

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