If you are a plumber, an electrician, someone who works in the construction or maintenance business or even a DIY enthusiast, wrenches are one of the essential tools that you ought to have in your toolbox. After all, wrenches are used to tighten and loosen nuts, bolts, screws, and pipes and these components are an integral part of any construction and machinery.
For different jobs and requirements, there are a number of wrench types available from RS Components in different shapes and sizes, with various handle lengths and jaw capacities and choosing the right type of wrench is necessary for a smooth and quick job. However, using your wrench set effectively is as important as choosing the right type of wrench for your project. This is not just to avoid damaging the tool but to also increase the tool’s life.
Let us take a look at five tips and tricks for using wrenches effectively.
1. Choose the right wrench for your job
In order to pick the right wrench for the job, you need to be aware of certain things. Firstly, always choose a wrench that has a jaw size that matches the nut/bolt/screw you are looking to tighten or loosen. Once you have matched the size, make sure the jaw is in complete contact with the component before applying any pressure. This prevents the tool from slipping from your hand which could otherwise injure you or cause damage to the wrench.
2. Always pull the wrench and do not push
When using a wrench, position yourself so that you pull it instead of push it. This is to prevent you from hurting your knuckle or arm, even if the wrench slips off the nut. Even if you need to push a wrench, use the heel of your hand, that way, even if the wrench slips, you will not hurt yourself.
3. Do not add an extender to gain more leverage
This is one mistake that a lot of wrench users tend to do. Attaching an additional item, like a pipe or handle, for extra leverage can cause your wrench to bend. There are chances that the added force could even damage the fastener head. It is quite possible, with an extender in hand, you lose control over the wrench. Under such a situation, if the leverage item slips, you risk hurting yourself or others.
4. Avoid hitting a wrench with a hammer
A wrench is a wrench; it is not designed to take a hit from an object, be it a hammer or any other heavy tool. So, even if you want to get more force to turn a stuck screw, never use a hammer to hit it.
5. Only buy quality wrenches
That takes us to our fifth and most important trick for using wrenches effectively. It is important to buy quality wrenches that do the job effectively and last longer. Cheap wrenches could slip easily hurting you. Go for quality wrench products that have a warranty like those from RS Components.
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