You can get reversible saftey wire pliers through Snap-on. The trick is to remember wire them that if one is to loosen, it tightens the other. 6-8 twists per inch is the proper tightness, 1/2" pigtail on the end, and bend the pigtail over and fold it along the contour of the nut. Get the "Aviation Mechanics Handbook". It gives the procedures for wiring. It's really that easy. Oh yeah, watch out for bloody hands. I love the smells too. But what really gets me is that distintive sound of an inline 6 and Powerglide at low speeds through a neighborhood.