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Forum topic by lilredweldingrod posted 11-09-2010 06:32 PM 2318 views 1 time favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2010 06:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question disabled tool grips clamps

I’m having a problem gripping the slick wooden handles on my clamps. This arthritis is killing my grip. With all the grand kids and bicycles, I cut the old tubes and slipped them over the handles. This worked pretty good until the rubber split and they fell off. lol
I seem to remember years ago there was a liquid that you could dip your tool handles in and get a rubberized grip area on pliers etc. Does anyone know about something like this?
Thanks guys and gals. Rand

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 06:50 PM

The stuff you are asking about is called “Plasti Dip” and it comes in a brush on / dip in can, or an aerosol. The spray doesn’t work all that well… Just do a search on Amazon for Plasti Dip, there are a bunch of varieties. The hard part for you will be to keep the stuff off of the rest of the clamp while it cures. I would suggest masking that off, and then dipping, hanging to dry. I have used this in years past to recoat tool handles with great success.

If you can manage it, you might try drilling the end of the handle, and epoxying in a lag bolt. to the end, that way you can use a socket / ratchet rig to loosen / tighten the clamp. I recall Wood Magazine had a tip about that a couple of years ago…

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 06:51 PM

I found something I seen awhile back. I have used the spray paint version and that did not work too well. I was expected a more rubbery substance. I did not try the dip whcih I imahgine would be much better. Anyway I hope someone can comment or give some type of review. There may be another product out there as well.

A possible option are actual handles as you tried. They might get too pricy though.

I am not affliated with any of these companies just did a quick search and this is what came up.

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 06:56 PM

Their website says it is available at Ace hardware stores.

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 06:57 PM

Also look on Amazon

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 07:00 PM

Hey Rand…

You know that special rubber mat stuff you can Route on?
The stuff that holds the piece in one place!

I usually have a piece of it handy… Just wrap a corner around the clamp and Turn It… no pain or strain!

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 07:02 PM

Another answer I’ve seen is to take a wood gouge and cut groves in the handles length ways
providing a better grip.. or a wood plane could make flats as well.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 07:13 PM

Other possibilities:

Turn some new handles with bigger diameter – this will give you more leverage/more torque.

Cut wrench flats into the handles and use a big crescent wrench.

Drill cross-holes thru the handles and use a long steel pin for leverage.

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 07:16 PM

To second what others have said, don’t use the spray Plasti-Dip, you need the liquid, and you actually dip the whole handle in it. I did that for some hold downs, although I haven’t abused them yet…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 07:52 PM

Hey Rand,

Take a look here. GripWrap

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#10 posted 11-09-2010 08:04 PM

I bought some at Home Depot called Plastic Dip. I coated several things—took a couple of dips to get a usable coat, but it worked.

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 08:10 PM

Hockey Stick Tape. This idea comes from Rob Cosman. He swears by it.

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 08:16 PM

WOW! Talk about, “Ask and you shall receive.”! Thanks and that was fast! I know it is a well worn cliche, but you guys are the best. Thanks again, Rand

PS I have info coming and even samples! Thanks again.

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 08:21 PM

Both the GripWrap and the hockeystick tape sound like good solutions, probably cheaper than Plasti Dip, but not as pretty. You into pretty?..............(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 11-09-2010 08:59 PM

Jim, Am I into “pretty? Evidently you haven’t noticed how gorgeous I am. lol I’m a legend in my own mind.
When I inquired of some of the suggestions I received here, they were offering samples, so they are on the way.
I really like the hockey stick tape idea. I’ll run over to Big 5 Sporting Goods and see what they have.

And Joe I need a couple of those pads anyway.

Thanks again to all for your suggestions. I repeat, YOU ARE THE BEST. Rand

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#15 posted 11-09-2010 09:22 PM

drill a hole and use a dovel
or make the last ½inch square and make a wrench with a square hole out of baltic birc plywood
make five of them then there shuold be a chance to find one when needed…lol

Take care

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