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What are basin tap wrenches made from?

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Fixed basin wrenches

Fixed basin tap wrench, Basin Wrench Basin wrench 1/2in x 3/4in, (15 X 22mm) accurately manufactured from cast iron. Ideal for use in awkward places, eg. back nuts fitted to taps behind sinks or baths. A fixed basin tap wrench is typically made from a single piece of solid cast iron or steel.

Cast iron and steel are used because they are strong, durable and unlikely to deform under pressure. Steel is the preferred choice because it is less likely to rust or become deformed after use.

Cast iron

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Steel

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Adjustable basin wrenches

Adjustable basin wrench, Adjustable Basin Wrench 6mm - 25mm These basin wrenches have adjustable spring action jaws that maintain an automatic grip on pipe fittings. The forged steel jaws turn 180 degrees for greater flexibility. Essential tool for use on compression fittings, copper or polythene, on basins and baths. Adjustable Jaw Tool for 6 - 25mm An adjustable basin wrench is made up of several parts:

1. Jaws

2. Shaft

3. T-bar handle

4. Pivot pins

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Jaws

The jaws of an adjustable basin wrench are typically made from forged carbon steel.

Forging

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Carbon steel

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Adjustable basin tap wrench, Adjustable Basin Wrench 25mm - 50mm These basin wrenches have adjustable spring action jaws that maintain an automatic grip on pipe fittings. The forged steel jaws turn 180 degrees for greater flexibility. Essential Tool for use on compression fittings, copper or polythene, on basins and baths. To fit sizes 20 to 50mm pipe fittings.

Shaft

The shaft of an adjustable basin wrench is made from stainless steel.

Stainless steel

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T-bar handle

The T-bar handle is a simple metal rod, typically made from stainless steel.

pivot pins Adjustable Basin Wrench 6mm - 25mm These basin wrenches have adjustable spring action jaws that maintain an automatic grip on pipe fittings. The forged steel jaws turn 180 degrees for greater flexibility. Essential tool for use on compression fittings, copper or polythene, on basins and baths. Adjustable Jaw Tool for 6 - 25mm

Pivot pins

The pivot pins on an adjustable basin wrench are typically made from carbon steel or stainless steel.

Box spanner basin wrenches

Box spanner tap wrench, 323F Tap Back Nut Box Spanner Monument tap back nut box spanner which is double ended, for quick assembly of tap back nuts on basins. Size: 27 and 32mm. Technical Specs Size: 27 and 32mm. The box spanner basin wrench and T-bar handle are made entirely from steel, though some models may be given an external coating to protect them from wear, tear and corrosion.
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Box spanner basin wrench with chrome finish

There are other types of box spanners for removing tap back nuts such as these which also have a T-bar handle.

This model has been given a chrome finish to increase corrosion resistance.

Chrome finish

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Many products are given a thin outer coating of chrome. This may be for purely decorative reasons, to increase corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or to increase surface hardness.

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Box spanner basin wrench with zinc coating

This model of box spanner basin wrench is made from steel with a zinc coating for added corrosion and wear resistance.

Zinc

Zinc metal shiny what is zinc metallic object basin tap wrench box spanner tap spanner back nuts plumbing tool wonkee donkee tools DIY guide How to use a Zinc is a silvery white metal element used in metal alloys. Many products are given a zinc coating due to its reactive properties.

Zinc will react with oxygen and tarnish. This tarnishing forms a protective outer layer and seals the metal from further corrosion.