Problem: You need the gripping force of locking pliers, but don’t want to mark or damage the part being held.
Solution: Line the jaws of the pliers with several layers of medium grit emery cloth before clamping down. Enough friction is obtained to secure the part without leaving deep marks.
Contributor: John P. Dina II, Maintenance Coach, AlliedSignal, Inc., Clearfield, UT
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