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Home Clamps And Vices

A clamp or vice is an essential tool for the home renovator, allowing you to secure materials while you work on them safely and efficiently. Whether you're working in a tight space or have plenty of room to move in your garage or shed, there's a range of both branded and unbranded clamps and vices that will will cover you.

What is the Difference Between a Clamp And a Vice?

A vice is a simple mechanical apparatus with a solid set of adjustable jaws that you can use to hold materials in position while you're working on them. They're popular in a range of different trades, from woodworking and engineering to plumbing, and traditionally, either attached to the front of a workbench or forming part of the end of the bench.

  • In addition to standard home woodworking vices, you can also find clamp-on vices that are light-duty home bench vices, with smooth or serrated jaws for light woodwork or metalworking, as well as portable tri-stand models that feature a rugged leg chain.

What is An Engineer's Vice?

An engineer's vice clamps metal when you are filing it or cutting, and they commonly consist of cast iron, which is both rigid and strong. Some also consist of cast steel or malleable cast iron and you can easily use them in home workshops and garages.

  • The jaws of an engineer's vice contain hardened steel and are not only separate from the vice, but also replaceable, so you can fit your vice with your preferred jaws.

In Which Situations Should I Use a Clamp?

You can use clamps in a whole variety of situations when you need to securely hold objects together and prevent movement.

  • In most cases, clamps are temporary, preventing objects from coming apart while you work on a more permanent solution.
  • You can use clamps to establish right angles in woodworking and picture framing, as well as using them in welding and metalwork.
  • G-clamps are among the most popular, as are C-clamps and 90-degree mitre clamps.
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