5. TOOL RECOGNITION AND CAPABILITIES
a. Pliers. They are classified according to their length and the shape of their jaws.
(1) Slip-joint pliers (fig. 1). The slip-joint arrangement lets you open the jaws of such pliers
wide enough to grasp a wide assortment of objects. That's why this type is so often found
around the home.
Figure 1. Slip-joint pliers.
(2) Side cutting pliers (fig. 2). A tool of many uses, it is one that you can use to grip things, cut
wires, and strip insulation. The roughed-up gripping surface will hold a small object firmly.
With this tool, you can cut most kinds of wire as thick as a coat hanger wire. The heel, on the
handle side of the pivot, can be used for gently crushing insulation on small-diameter wire.
Then the crushed insulation can be removed by pulling the wire through one of the holes on
the jaw or cutter side.
Figure 2. Side cutting pliers.