Though the mechanism of wrenches is simple, using them can be a bit challenging especially for beginners. However, there are already standardized ways to make the use of wrenches easier and more efficient. Below are some tips on the proper usage of wrenches based from the WrenchAdviser.
• Buy and use an appropriate wrench
Before anything else, buying a good quality wrench can be a worthwhile investment. It may cost a bit expensive but a good kind of wrench is expected to last longer than cheap ones. Also, good quality wrenches have better-gripping capabilities so slipping of objects can be avoided. If a wrench is already damaged whether the handle or jaws, it should not be used since it can cause injuries or accidents to whoever using it. It is also important to choose the correct wrench size. Besides from avoiding injuries an individual might incur, selecting the appropriate wrench size can prevent any damages to the objects. The wrench size should be selected in such a way the jaw of the wrench will be completely in contact with the object.
• Pull or push
To avoid human injuries due to slipping of objects, an individual should be in a pulling position when using any type of wrench. However, if there’s really a need for an action requiring a push, it should be done by using the heel of a hand so slipping can still be controlled by the person.
• Eliminate additional force
Many people have been using leverages such as cheater bars to provide an additional force when tightening a bolt or nut. However, the use of said objects should be avoided because they can damage the fasteners and the wrench itself. It can also cause accidents because there is a possibility that the cheater bar would slip off from the wrench. If additional rotational force is really needed, a longer wrench should be used.