I’VE GOTTA STOP THIS! I’m making these just far too easy! A bunch of you submitted answered last week’s Whatzit correctly…again!
This is the adjustment wheel on a pipe wrench. Some call it a Stillson wrench. Here’s the full photo:
And here are your guesses and comments. My favorite is from Joel Martin:
That’s a pipe wrench. Not to be confused with the device that pulls out stuck plumbing fixtures, or pipe winch, nor the poor unfortunate Scotsman who can’t fill his instrument bag, or pipe wretch, nor with the young woman who replenishes your tobacco, or pipe wench.
Leandra Sullivan, Managing Editor at the Spencer (IN) Evening World, called it a Crescent wrench. Close…this is a crescent wrench.
Crescent wrench or not, Leandra’s memory is a story worth sharing:
I’ve used one myself, more than once. But my recognition comes primarily from memories of my father. He would be in the backyard shed, working with his buddies around a jalopy in some state of disrepair, and inevitably launch into a story. It was the same each time–he stood outside the open (or missing) door, one foot propped on the floorboard of the vehicle, his arms leaning against the top, his right hand holding the wrench, his fingers moving the adjustment worm drive forward and backward, forward and backward. The more excited he became during his tale, the faster his fingers worked that drive. The scene typically ended in a round of belly laughs, but every great once in a while that wrench got thrown to the ground and men walked off in different directions. Dad had a permanent track on his right thumb, worn almost as deep as the BS I would hear while hiding behind the door.
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