Even more than the screwdriver, we rely on a good set of pliers to complete jobs that we could not safely or easily do without them. As with most jobs, its all about having the right tool and all pliers are not created equal.
Pliers 101 and Selecting the Right Pliers for the Job [DoItYourself.com]
Basic Hand Tools: Pliers [DIYNetwork]
Pliers Buying Guide [Home Depot]
Plier Safety Tips [Rapid]