Everything You Need to Know About a Stillson Wrench
The Stillson wrench, also called a faucet wrench, is a manual tool that is used to adjust or loosen parts of different dimensions, such as screws, nuts, tubes, pipes, etc. This type of tool is considered within the line of adjusting wrenches along with the English or French wrench, the cross wrench, or the extendable wrench (for adjusting tubes). Its handling is very simple since it requires the action of the tightening or adjustment; it is of domestic use, that is to say, that it is used in the home, as well as in the big industries.
Stillson Key Parts
The Stillson Key consists of the following parts:
How Does a Stillson Key Work?
This tool is very simple and easy to use. Merely turn the threaded ring and the gear, with one of the clamping brackets, closes or opens giving the desired diameter for adjustment.
Most of these wrenches have two springs, which are like suspensions, and serve to tighten when the mouth is adjusted.
Also, it has the particularity of varying the opening of its jaws depending on the size of the nut or screw. The teeth have the shape of a vise, which is able to hold firmly, without slipping, pieces such as smooth pipes, nuts, worn or rolled screws.
Where Is It Used?
The Stillson faucet is homemade because there is usually not one missing at home. It is commonly used to adjust or loosen screws and nuts of different furniture we have in the house. It is also a primary tool for plumbers who use it to adjust or loosen pipes.
The Stillson or tap wrench is also used in factories or industries because it has different measures to be able to adapt to all types and sizes of nuts, tubes or screws.
What Sizes are Stillson Keys?
Stillson keys come in a variety of sizes. The ones used in the home are generally 8, 10, 12 and 14 inches. Larger dimensions such as 18, 24, 36, 48 and 60 inches that are for industrial use, or for more massive and larger jobs.
Recommendations: If using the Stillson faucet on chrome tubes, such as pipes or showers, it is advisable to put a cloth between the faucet and the tube. In this way, it will not be marked or damaged by the teeth located in the opening of the tool jaws. After use, it is esential to clean the tool and some lubricating and protective oil may be placed on the gear.