How to Repair Your Broken Pipe Wrench

What You'll Need
Pipe wrench teeth and jaw kit
Working gloves

A pipe wrench is a hand tool with one jaw stationary while the other is movable. The two jaws of the pipe wrench are designed to tighten when placed on a pipe or other round fittings. The wrench can be rotated in one direction to open or close the pipe and other types of round fittings. Although most types of pipe wrenches are made of heavy duty materials, there are times when the wrench malfunctions. If your wrench stops working, here is what you should do.

Step 1 – Inspect the Pipe Wrench

When your pipe wrench starts working, do not assume right away that some of its parts are broken. Before you decide to change some of the parts of your wrench, take a closer look at the condition of your wrench and determine what is wrong with it.

Step 2 – Remove Debris, Dirt and Corrosion

Often times, debris, dirt and corrosion cause the wrench to malfunction. To keep your wrench in good condition, clean your wrench and remove dirt and debris that are stuck in between its jaws and movable parts. If your wrench is old and it has not be used for quite sometime, there is a big possibility that the inside part of the wrench is rusty. Corrosion tends to bind metal parts together so it becomes difficult for you to work your wrench. To rid of corrosion, soak the wrench overnight in industrial grade lubricating oil. The oil should help loosen the corrosion in the pipe wrench.

After soaking the pipe wrench in lubricating oil, open and close the jaw of the wrench several times. If the movable jaw of the wrench does not budge on your first few attempts, tap the head of the wrench gently on a hard surface to help loosen the corrosion. You may also use a small screwdriver to apply lubricant into hard to reach areas around the adjustment ring of the pipe. After applying lubricant into the adjustment rings, tap the tap on hard surface again to help lubricant reach deep inside the pipe wrench. Repeat this procedure until the movable jaw of the wrench works smoothly.

Step 3 – Replace the Worn Out Parts

The teeth, jaws, adjustments rings and springs of your wrench may sustain damage from constant use. If you notice that the teeth and jaws of your wrench are already worn-out, you need to change these parts to keep your wrench working.  To replace the worn-out teeth and jaws of your pipe wrench, take the head of the pipe wrench apart by removing the bolt that is holding the pipe wrench together. After removing the bolt, take out the worn-out parts of the wrench and replace then with new ones.

Step 4 – Replace and Tighten the Bolt

After replacing the worn-out parts of your pipe wrench, replace the bolt and tighten it.

Step 5 – Lubricate the Wrench

Lubricate the pipe wrench before you store it to prevent corrosion.