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Wonkee Donkee’s top tips for using a clamp

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Wonkee Donkee's top tips for using a clamp Here are a few tips to consider when using a clamp.
Choose the right clamp for the task in hand

Choose the right clamp

Always select an appropriate clamp for the workpiece or application in mind. Consider the size and weight of the workpiece while bearing in mind the features of the clamp, including its strength, opening capacity, and throat depth (see What is a clamp’s capacity? for more information).

Check the clamp is in working order

Check it

Before you use your clamp, ensure that all parts are in working order.

Use protection pads on the jaws of your clamp

Use protection pads

Some clamps, such as G clamps, may require the use of pads on the jaws to avoid marking the surface of the workpiece.

Make sure the jaws are fully closed

Security is key

Always make sure the jaws of the clamp are closed tightly on the workpiece, so that there is no chance of it moving during applications.

Make sure to clean your clamp

Keep it clean

Make sure the clamp is clean before use to avoid getting any oil or debris on the workpiece, as this may damage or stain it.

Never used a wrench, pliers or a hammer to tighten a clamp

Don’t force it

Never use wrenches, pliers or hammers to tighten a clamp.