A FEW DECADES AGO A MASTER Plumber told me of a great pipe wrench. This wrench had saved his hide on several occasions, mostly because he had it with him. He had it with him because it was compact, light, and very strong.
The brand? Ridgid. Their 10″ aluminum pipe wrench. Easy to pack, doesn’t take up too much room, hard to forget. When I had the money and the right job, I closely followed his advice. Instead of the 10″, I acquired the 12″. Packs perfectly in the tool satchel with a closed length under 14″. Very light. Virtually unbreakable. And if the wrench does splinter apart (I’ve never heard of this happening) Ridgid will be happy to replace it for you. Free.
The Ridgid Aluminum Pipe Wrench. A perfect wedding gift for the do-it-yourselfer.