OT Language (was Re: lost Desktop)

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Fri Jul 15 20:44:20 BST 2011

Anne Wilson posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:39:57 +0100 as excerpted:

> We have two types of adjustable spanner (not sure if both types are
> still available) - one that is adjusted by thumbing a wheel, and the
> other has separate jars, which are adjusted by putting in a pin, rather
> like a belt buckle.  I've never known what that one was called.  I think
> they are not made any more, but David, my husband, still likes that one
> for some jobs.  Is that similar to your crescent wrench, or something
> different?

The crescent wrench has a thumb-wheel (apparently often called a Bahco in 
parts of Europe, see the trademark note and the leaflet link at the 
bottom of the page).  See the two illustrations a the top right, here:


That page also has an illustration of an "English key", and older design 
not as common today, at least in the US.  This one is said to be the 
original "monkey wrench" design.

There's a couple other variants on the same thing as well.  A "pipe 
wrench" (Wikipedia says Stillson's, in UK/AU) is one:


There's also the "plumber's wrench", which is a cross between a pair of 
pliers and a an "English key".  These aren't common in the US, but I 
found one at I think one of the dollar stores (Vietnamese run I think, 
possibly the reason they had them) and bought it.  Most such buys are 
worthless, breaking almost immediately, but I hadn't seen this type 
myself before, so I was interested and thought I'd try it.  It turned out 
to be surprisingly sturdy for a buck, but did eventually break.  Had I 
known about them, I might have bought several (especially for a buck each!
) as it turned out to be quite useful and I was rather disappointed when 
it finally broke.


But I don't see anything illustrated with a pin-based design and I don't 
recognize the description.  If you could find some sort of illustration, 
I'd love to see it. =:^)

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