Making Padded Pliers

Featured Article, Household DIY Tips
on January 22, 2013
padded pliers

Club member Frank May of Kansas City, Missouri, reasoned that if clamps and vises can have jaw pads, why not pliers? To prevent the pliers’ jaws from marring delicate parts, he covers them with plastic shrink tubing normally used to cover wiring. Shrink tubing is available in several diameters and lengths (rolls) at home centers and electrical supply stores. Use a diameter that’s slightly larger than the jaws, cut a piece to length and slip it on, then use a heat gun to shrink the tubing.