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What Is a Vice Grip?

Vice grips are the extra set of hands every DIYer needs. The locking feature allows them to be clamped tight and stay that way while you make a cut, measurement or free a stripped bolt.

Common vice grips look like a heavy-duty set of pliers. Sometimes called mole grips, or locking pliers; a set of different sizes and types of this tool is a valuable addition to anyone’s toolbox.

Learn how to use vice grips and see tips about the tool in this video from Mr. Handyman:

What Are Vice Grips Used For?

Vice grips are used for just about anything you can think of.

For house projects they can be used to temporarily hold a long straight edge on plywood so you can mark a line. They can also be used to remove stripped bolt heads if they are not too tight. Need a third hand? They’re perfect for holding materials at the right height or spacing so you have time to secure it. For welding, they can temporarily hold metal together before it’s tacked together.

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