how to use a wrench to loosen

How to Use a Wrench to Loosen

Lucy Lüse
Lucy Lüse

What is a Wrench?

Different Types of Wrenches

  • Open Wrench
  • Box Wrench
  • Combination Wrench
  • Crescent (Adjustable) Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
  • Specialized Wrenches
    • Allen Wrench
    • Pipe Wrench
    • Breaker Bar
    • Torque Wrench
    • Service Wrench

Using a Wrench: Steps and Guidelines

How to Use a Wrench

  • Choose the right wrench for the job
  • Always pull, never push
  • Never add leverage with another item
  • Never hit a wrench with a hammer

How to Use a Socket Wrench to Loosen

  • Choose the correct socket
  • Attach the socket to the wrench
  • Check the turning direction
  • Place the socket onto the nut or bolt
  • Turn the wrench to loosen the fastener
  • Remove the socket by pressing the wrench’s button

How to Use an Adjustable Wrench

  • Understand the purpose of an adjustable wrench
  • Choose the correct size of adjustable wrench
  • How an adjustable wrench works
  • Differences between a crescent wrench and an adjustable wrench

Understanding and Using a Torque Wrench

What is a Torque Wrench and How to Use it

  • Important parts of a Torque Wrench
  • Different types of Torque Wrenches DIYers should know
    • Beam
    • Click
    • Digital
  • How to use a Torque Wrench for tightening lug nuts
  • How to use a Torque Wrench to loosen bolts

Tips, Tricks, and Safety Guidelines for Using a Wrench

General Tips and Tricks for Using a Wrench

  • Tips for loosening a bolt with a Torque Wrench
  • Understanding which way to turn a wrench to loosen

Safety Guidelines and Things to Avoid with a Wrench

  • Should you push or pull a wrench?
  • Is it OK to use a torque wrench to loosen?
  • What should you not do with a torque wrench?

Key Takeaways

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you use a torque wrench as a normal ratchet?
  • How do you use a socket wrench with extension?
  • What do I do if my socket wrench only goes one way?


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