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Adjustable spanner coated to prevent scratching

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by r_c, 9 Aug 2017.

  1. r_c

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    Are there adjustable spanners out there that can be used to reduce the risk of scratching chrome fittings? (e.g. showers and radiators nuts)

    I may have imagined these existed as I cant find them using Google. If I am just imagining them, what is the best way to use a normal adjustable spanner without scratching the surface?
     
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    there is stuff you can buy in a tin or jar, you dip things in them and it leaves a plastic coating.

    I thought it was branded Plasticote, but that seems to be a paint company.
     
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    Wrap the nut with an old rag and then tighten up = no scratches
     
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    Something like this maybe?
     
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    That link says:-

    "Supplied with removable soft-grip jaw protectors to prevent damaging chromed or polished surfaces. Replacement jaw protectors available."

    It is possible that the replacement jaw providers might fit cheaper adjustables!


    I also usually use a rag.

    The biggest problem is not nuts, but the shower components which are just circular with no flats!
     
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    As always on diynot, many helpful replies. Thank you all.
     
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    The reasons but would be damaged is if the spanner slipped.

    Have a look at knipex pliers wrench.
    They are flat faced like a spanner but you can squeeze the face closed so they won't slip.
    If you are a diyer they might be a little steep but for a professional very good value.
     
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    Easiest way is masking tape on the flat surface of the adjustable spanner,it's never let me down yet
     
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    Never been so ham fisted as to scratch a fitting in 27 years at work.
    Just use the right tools.
     
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    As what ^ roguetrader said,use the right tools.

    dedicated sized spanners are available in 15 22 or 28mm sizes from Monument and others.

    Although never had any problems using the trusted bacho adjustable but the quality of some chrome plated fittings has gone down hill quickly except for the traditional uk fitting manufacture.
     
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