Plumber’s Spud Wrench
|A spud wrench is a must-have plumber’s tool. In fact, it doesn’t hurt for any home owner venturing into do-it-yourself plumbing projects to have one of these. Spud wrenches essentially loosen and tighten oversized nuts on pipes. They are known for making tough jobs easier with their unique design and flexibility. They are usually very durable as far as tools go.
Spud wrenches are definitely versatile, and are often referred to as adjustable spud wrenches. In other words, you can grip large slip nuts of varying sizes with just this one tool. Professionals will usually have a few different sizes of spud wrenches to cover the entire pipe diameter spectrum. Let’s take a brief look at some of the common profiles and how spud wrenches are used around the house.
Spud wrench types
In the past, open-ended spud wrenches came in one size only. It was typical to have a whole set of spud wrenches. As things evolved, adjustable spud wrenches became the norm. The adjustment is usually performed by turning a dial to open or close the jaws. You’re right…it’s pretty much the same thing as a crescent wrench. The elite spud wrenches possess a small gear, which when turned, slides the shank of one end of the jaws up or down. This changes the position to either increase or decrease the space between the jaws. Spud wrench jaws are most often smooth in finish to compliments the smooth sides of the hexagonal nuts they come into contact with.
Spud Wrench Uses
Other names for a Spud Wrench