cast-iron plumbing wrench
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The extra-large jaws on this 1½-pound cast-iron plumbing wrench get a secure hold on any fitting a homeowner might encounter: eight-sided nuts, square nuts, unions, and packing nuts up to 2 inches in diameter. The offset jaws and short handle make the tool more compact than a comparable straight-handled wrench, useful when you're working in tight spaces, such as under the sink.

9½-inch, about $35;
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