Podger spanner

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A podger spanner

A Podger spanner, or Podger is a tool in the form of a short bar, usually tapered and often incorporating a wrench at one end.

Podgers are used for erecting scaffolding and steel scenery - The pointed end is used to align the bolt holes while the spanner end is used to tighten the nuts.


Some podgers are fitted with reversible ratchet sockets for tightening/loosening nuts. Often they come with two sizes such as a 17mm x 19mm or a 19mm x 24mm and a 27mm x 30mm. Often a podger has a hole in the wrench shaft that is used to tether the wrench to the person for safety and securing the tool whilst working at heights

Film Industry[edit]

Podgers feature heavily in the film and theatre industries worldwide where podgering is considered an art form and an essential part of production.


  • BS 2583: "Specification for podger spanners" (1955)