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Offline Bill Houghton

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Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« on: May 06, 2012, 10:59:24 AM »
I have a range of pipe wrenches that I used on the galvanized pipe in our house.  Some of them tend to slip more than others; it's only just now occurred to me that this may mean the jaws are worn.  Can the teeth on pipe wrenches be sharpened by filing?
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Offline Branson

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Re: Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 12:02:40 PM »
I've sharpened the teeth on a few, using a sharp saw file.  Seemed to work well.

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Re: Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012, 02:16:23 PM »
I have found that the vallys of the teeth fill up a good stiff wire brush works well  bob w
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Re: Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 04:43:56 PM »
Since I never, or hardly ever, buy new tools, all my pipe wrench jaws came to me dull.
 If they are very bad I use a thin dremel cutoff disk as if it were a tiny angle grinder disk.
 Gets you right in there.
 File to finish of course, but a file barely cuts, so if its very dull, grind first then, the file.
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Re: Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2012, 05:47:12 PM »
On all the ones I got that I bought to use I have had to file them, I take a triangle shaped file and it usually fits in the groovers perfect if you tilt it a little.
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Re: Sharpening pipe wrench jaws
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 04:24:26 AM »
I take a triangle shaped file and it usually fits in the groovers perfect if you tilt it a little.

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