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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
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)
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