Whether you are remodeling your house or demolishing a structure, you need a tool that will cut nails and sometimes pull them out. While a claw hammer can come in handy in pulling out nails, it might not be useful in tight spaces. Also, you cannot use a hammer to cut nails. This is where pincer pliers or end cutter pliers or nippers come in handy.
What are end cutting pliers/nippers and their uses?
End cutting pliers or nippers are a type of pliers with the cutting edge at the front. They have circular wide jaws with sharp ends. The jaws close to grab an object and cut it when you squeeze the handles tight.
Since the fulcrum on nipper pliers is far from the effort and close to the load, the pliers cut large nails effortlessly. Furthermore, the round shape of the jaws enables these pliers to roll over easily when pulling out nails.
The curved shape of the head that is a little flat on the top makes it possible to cut finishing nails and brad nails flush with the surface. Carpenters use these pliers to cut protruding finish nails and to nip nail heads. However, for nail pulling, the carpenter’s pincers are a perfect choice.
End cutting pliers are also useful in concrete work for twisting and cutting tie wires on reinforcement bars or rebars. That is why another name for them is concretor’s nippers or concrete nippers.
To bind rebars with tie wire using end nippers or concrete nippers, simply hook a piece of the tie wire across a joint where the horizontal and vertical reinforcement bars cross. Then grab both ends of the wire with the nippers and twist around until it is tight. Finally, squeeze the handles of the pliers to nip off the twisted tie wire to length.
If you are building a wire fence you can use nippers to cut chain link mesh and tension wires. These pliers cut just about any steel wire. You just need to get the right size that will provide a good mechanical advantage of tough steel wire.
What are carpenters pincers?
Carpenters pincers or pliers are a type of end cutter pliers for pulling and extracting nails and staples from wood material. They have a smooth rounded and broad head that rolls better than the regular end nippers. Coupled with the long handles, the pincers, therefore, provide good leverage for pulling and extracting nails from material without digging into the surface. They are great for pulling finish nails and brad nails from the trim that you want to reuse.
Another difference between end nippers and carpenter’s pincers is that the jaws of pincers are blunt while those of nippers are sharp. So, pincers are not the perfect choice for cutting objects. That is why they are exclusively suitable for carpentry work for removing nails and staples. You can also use them to pull out nails from tight corners such as on cabinet hinges where a claw hammer or fencing pliers cannot access.
Carpenters’ pincers, therefore, make great demolishing pliers. You can use them to dismantle wood furniture without causing damage. So, if you are a remodeller, a pair of pincers pliers is a tool that should have a place in your tool belt. Not even in your toolbox!