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Backstage Video | Adam Savage’s Favorite Tools: Safety Wire Pliers

Stage Directions • Tools of the Trade • December 26, 2020

Here’s a short video from Adam Savage’s Tested YouTube channel on a tool that many in theater may not know about, but could possibly be a very useful one for many in technical theater, especially for mousing wires on turnbuckles, shackles, and other places you don’t want a fastener to come loose.

The tool was designed for installing lockwires on jet engines. When using a fastener in an engine, the lockwire is installed to make sure the nut doesn’t lose its proper torque. They don’t use thread locking compounds like Loctite in jet engines because it’s invisible when installed so you can’t make a quick visual inspection of whether a bolt is properly torqued. Also, these compounds can’t stand up to the temperatures of an operating engine.

You can find this tool on Amazon, or other places specialty tools are sold.
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