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What is this used for?

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What is this used for? (post #214562)


This isn't a homebuilding tool but does anyone know what this wrench would have been used for?  I believe it belonged to my grandfather who was a boilermaker in a Boston shipyard.

Erection Wrench (post #214562, reply #1 of 6)

It's used for timber construction or by linemen for hanging cross arms. The pointed end is for aligning the holes in timbers so that a bolt can be inserted. These are still made by Klein.

A hair more expensive than (post #214562, reply #2 of 6)

A hair more expensive than Viagra, but I suppose it can be reused.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

I saw that coming. (post #214562, reply #4 of 6)

And I see the point.

Nut sizes (post #214562, reply #6 of 6)

They're made for more nut sizes than I knew existed.

It is a spud wrench.  Used (post #214562, reply #3 of 6)

It is a spud wrench.  Used by iron workers. The pointy end is used to line up bolt holes.

Correct it's a spud wrench. (post #214562, reply #5 of 6)

Correct it's a spud wrench. Used by ironworkers.