The Ratchet Wrench: A Modern Man’s Guide To Use This Tool

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Wrenches are very important tools to have in your tool box. If you already have an experience in using basic tools like a spanner, then you should perfectly know how to use a ratchet wrench.

Making use of a wrench in general, is quite simple, self-explanatory and easy to put into practice. The most important thing to consider is the safety measures. I will carefully list out the possible procedures to follow, when putting a ratchet wrench into use, and also, the safety precautions to take when using them. Always ensure to use nothing but the best ratchet wrenches.

All wrenches have a general method of application. To use a ratchet wrench, first, you have to select the socket whose jaw will perfectly fit to the head of the fastener you are loosening or tightening, then attach the socket to the head of the ratchet wrench. Unlike the normal wrench, a ratchet wrench provides more torque and can easily round off a fastener. So when attaching a socket to a ratchet wrench, ensure you have the right socket that best fits the head of the fastener, to avoid the fasteners from rounding off. Before you begin to fasten or loosen the fastener, you should make sure that the jaw of the wrench is in full contact with the head of the fastener. This will ensure proper safety, when applying pressure to the wrench.

When fastening a bolt or nut with a ratchet wrench, it is advisable to pull, not push. This is a very important safety measure. This will stop you from getting injured if the wrench should slip off the fastener. If by any chance you fall into any situation where you are required to push, make sure you push with the heel of your hands. This will prevent you from getting yourself injured.

A lot of people attach pipes to a wrench, to increase its force or leverage; these pipes are known as cheaters bars. That is not a good idea, so you should avoid doing it. The addition of cheaters bars to a wrench can damage the wrench. Also, because of the extra turning effect which the cheaters bars provides, it can cause the fastener to round off or smoothen, if you are not using the right wrench socket (head). When using cheaters bars, there is also a high possibility of the bar slipping off the handle, and causing great harm to the user or anyone close.

If you find it difficult to reach a fastener in a far or complex location, with your ratchet wrench, all you need to do is; attach the extender arm to the ratchet wrench.

If you want to apply more force or leverage to a fastener, all you have to do is add the extender arm to the ratchet wrench, instead of adding cheaters bars.

When using a wrench and you encounter a stubborn or really tight fastener, do not use a hammer on your wrench. Most people will want to do that in this kind of situation, so as to add more force to loosen the fastener. That is not advisable, if the fastener is too tight, you can end up damaging your wrench.

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