Re: Your Most Cherished Hand Tool
Strangely enough, I think it's a clamp. I have several clamps of different styles, but the one that I use the most is a 12" Jorgensen E-Z-Hold II. (I have two of them.)
Both clamp faces are floating and can be placed anywhere along the bar. It has a ratcheting mechanism actuated by squeezing the handle, which is inline with the bar rather than perpendicular like all other racheting bar clamps, so it fits better in tight places. The "dead" end can be removed and put on the other end of the bar (to use as a spreader or to pass the bar through a hole in the work) without the use of tools. There are no screws or other small parts to get lost.
Unfortunately, that product is no longer made. I can live without the other clamps, but I'd feel lost without this one.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.