- How to use Adjustable Wrench?
A wrench is a tool with two jaws for turning or twisting nuts and bolts. An adjustable wrench, also known as a crescent wrench, is designed to grip round objects of different sizes.
Adjustable wrenches are available in many shapes and sizes, but the most common has an open jaw at one end and a curved jaw at the other end. This article will show you how to use adjustable wrenches!
How to use Adjustable Wrench?
Here are the 9 helpful tips on how to use an adjustable wrench.
Tip One: Choose the Right Size
Choose a wrench that is slightly larger than the nut or bolt you need to tighten. For example, if you are working on a plumbing project and there’s a ½ inch of space between your faucet and sink, select an adjustable wrench with at least ¾ inches of jaw capacity (the distance across both sides). If you select an adjustable wrench with a jaw capacity that is too small, you will not be able to tighten the nut or bolt.
Tip Two: Fit It in Place
Make sure your adjustable wrench fits around the fastener before trying to turn it. For example, if you are tightening bolts on furniture, make sure there’s no gap between the jaws of your adjustable wrench and the head of your screwdriver (the thing that holds tight). If there’s space between these two things when using this tool for loosening nuts or bolts, they might slip off while turning them. This can lead to accidents like dropping items onto feet!
If necessary, move any other tools out of place, so your adjustable wrench has plenty of room to fit in. Additionally, be sure to use an adjustable wrench with a jaw capacity that can fit around your bolt or nut because this will ensure it is tightened securely and won’t slip off while you turn the handle of your adjustable wrench (the top part).
Tip Three: Get It Tight
Tighten nuts and bolts only as much as they need to be for now, then back them off all the way after removing your adjustable wrench. If possible, avoid keeping tight on any fastener during long periods of time because doing so increases the chances of damaging both threads inside of these screws/bolts meant to thread together smoothly. This will lead to them ruining more easily over time!
Just like when using a screwdriver or drill bit, if you keep turning an adjustable wrench after it’s already tight, chances are it will strip the threads on your nut or bolt. This is because these screws/bolts have a specific number of turns they can take before becoming stripped and weak enough to break off inside their holes which makes them useless!
Tip Four: Remove Fasteners First
When loosening nuts or bolts with an adjustable wrench, always remove fastener(s) first so that there’s no gap between the screwdriver (the thing that holds tight) and its head. When you tighten up one side of this gap without closing the other side, the tool might slip out while trying to turn the handle, causing injury like dropping items onto feet!
This happens when using an adjustable wrench that’s too big or small because you can’t apply enough force on the screwdriver (the thing that holds tight) to loosen it. It is also more likely to slip out when using this tool if your handle isn’t long enough, so be sure it reaches far enough for applying force without being exposed to slipping off!
Tip Five: Don’t Hit Your Hand with a Hammer
When trying to tighten nuts with an adjustable wrench, don’t hit yourself in the hand by mistake with a hammer while holding fastener(s). Doing this will cause injury, like dropping items onto feet!
This happens most often when attempting to use another tool at the same time as an adjustable wrench. For example, many people try tightening screws/bolts with an adjustable wrench while also using a screwdriver. In order to apply force on the wrench handle, it helps if you have another tool in place for applying pressure from the other side of the fastener(s).
Tip Six: Use Correct Way to Turn Handle
When turning the adjustable wrench’s handle (the top part), do not turn counterclockwise as this can lead to breaking off a nut or bolt inside its hole, which makes them useless!
Instead, always turn clockwise when loosening or tightening nuts and bolts with your adjustable wrench by pushing downward with long-handled tools like hammer and screwdriver at the same time once they are placed tightly around these objects. This way is correct because it prevents broken threads on both sides of these screws/bolts, making them unusable!
Here’s the correct way to handle an adjustable wrench:
Tip Seven: Avoid Overheating
When getting too hot or even burning the adjustable wrench, release pressure on the handle (top part) and move to a cool surface so you can avoid overheating. This way is correct because it prevents broken threads on both sides of these screws/bolts, making them unusable!
Tip Eight: Avoid Stripping Screws or Bolts
Avoid stripping screw holes by not over-tightening your tightener with an adjustable wrench because this will lead to breaking off inside its hole making them useless!
It’s important that you use just enough force to avoid stripped screws/nuts during the tightening process because trying to turn any further after they are already tight might cause damage like dropping items onto feet!
Tip Nine: Prevent Slipping Off
When loosening or tightening nuts and bolts with an adjustable wrench, avoid slipping off the handle by holding tightly onto it at all times. This way is correct because you don’t want to accidentally drop your wrench which might cause injury like dropping items onto feet!
This happens when using a tool that isn’t long enough, so be sure it reaches far for applying force without being exposed to slipping off! You can also prevent this from happening by wearing gloves on your hands while doing work but make sure they fit nicely around your fingers and give you a good grip of the handle.
These tips will help you get more use out of adjustable wrenches and save money on repair bills!
In conclusion, using an adjustable wrench with these tips in mind will help you be more successful and prevent injury like dropping items onto feet! If you are interested, check our post on how to date a crescent wrench if you’re curious!