As their name suggests, needle-nose pliers have a long “nose” that allows the user to reach into tight spaces where a wire or other material has gotten stuck.
This small tool has been given several nicknames including:
On the Habitat For Humanity jobsite, cadets may reach for needle-nose pliers to bend, reposition, and snip wire.
Carpenters and electricians aren’t the only ones who use needle-nose pliers. Artists and jewelry designers also keep them handy.
Elementary School Connection: Hands-On Activity: You will need a pair of needle-nose pliers, a paper cup, and a box of paperclips. Ask a classmate to time you using a clock or watch with a second hand. Spread the paperclips on a desk or table. Use the needle-nose pliers to pick up a paper clip. See how many paperclips you can pick up and drop into the cup within one minute. Challenge your friend to try to beat your score.
Middle School And High School Connection: Watch a carpenter compare and contrast three different brands of needle-nose pliers. Take notes throughout the video. Use the information to create an advertisement for one of the brands.