This post continues for my first post on my 24″ Ridgid pipe wrench. When we last left our hero…I mean pipe wrench, I’d reassembled it but was still missing the spring assembly. It arrived on Saturday and I quickly dropped it in the wrench. Below is a pic of the spring assembly.
Without the spring assembly, the hook jaw can rotate in the handle. Below are a couple pics showing the extreme front and back range of the movement.
The following picture shows the view looking down into the head of the pipe wrench. Inside of the slot, to the left is an area where the “leg” of the spring assembly goes. On the top, is a recess for the “side” of the assembly to go in so the hook jaw can fit in the slot.
Here’s another view looking into the slot in the head of the pipe wrench. This picture shows the pocket where the coil spring goes.
To put it in, you first orient the wrench body so that the spring pocket is down. Put the spring in and then slip the bent metal piece in so the the “side” of it goes into the recess in the head. After some manipulating with a couple of screwdrivers the part popped into place.
After that, you’re done. Now the hook jaw is held in place by the spring assembly. It can still move slightly if needed though. Here’s a family shot of my pipe wrenches.