Make a Cut in a Shady Box with a Pair of Light-Up Dikes

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Diagonal-cutting pliers, known in the electrical trades as dikes, often do their work in the shadowy recesses of a junction box. Ever clipped the wires to hook up a new ceiling fan? You can't see a thing!

That's why the introduction of an LED is a welcome gimmick on these new pliers from Craftsman. The pair comes in a set alongside a pair of needlenose pliers. Those have a light, too. Handy, but not as essential. Most of their work happens in broad daylight, and even during those pliers' dark double duty as a roach clip, man, you've got the lighter right there anyway.

Share all these helpful tips with dad as you brighten up his toolbox with a killer combo pliers pair. Uncrate]

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As a field Engineer at a large company, we were not allowed to called them dykes sometime in the late 90's. Our management felt it was insensitive and issued a company wide memo. We were to call them diagonal cutters. That was a hard switch after calling them dykes for years...