Jillian Sparks Wrenches September 15th, 2018 - 06:50:13
Crescent wrench The most common type of adjustable wrench found in most homes is the crescent wrench or a wrench with an adjustable end. These adjustable wrenches come in various sizes. A majority of homes have the normal 1 1/2" wrench that can be used to repair any type of faucet or pipe in the house. Large or small projects can be completed easily with the help of the crescent wrench. This angled jaw of the crescent wrench lies perpendicular to the handle at almost fifteen degrees. This tool finds a place in homes because of its ease of use. Most homes use this type of wrench to loosen any bolt or nut that may get stuck. Currently this type of adjustable wrench is used for undertaking other repair work also. Nowadays there are lid openers that incorporate the crescent wrench concept to make lid opening very easy. This type of wrench is also used to secure items such as doors when their faucets or handles have broken.
When tightening a bolt to the proper torque, it is essential that your hand which is pulling the wrench is cantered on the handle of the wrench. Having it too close or far from the socket actually affects the ultimate torque value you are tightening to. Moving your hand closer to the socket reduces the total "foot-pounds" of torque you are applying, while moving it away, closer to the end of the wrench increases the "foot pounds of torque you are applying."
When storing your wrenches, a tool storage chest, wrench holder or a standard tool box can be useful. Tool boxes and cases for wrenches, include soft cases in rollout and box style, as well as heavy plastic cases or even heavy duty steel, titanium and aluminum toolboxes for the serious mechanic. Wrenches can be stored in tool chests, roll up cases, and will help you find the exact tool you need for getting extra leverage on a stubborn bolt.
Most manufacturers of torque wrenches supply them with a plastic storage box to protect them. They also often come with the 1/2 inch to 3/8 inch square drive adapter; some even come with a drive extension.
If you are buying a torque wrench for your car, you should buy a 1/2 inch square drive tool, as 3/8 in drive tools only work on lower torque settings (typically below manufacturer's specifications). Adapters are available to reduce the 1/2 inch square drive to 3/8 inch square to fit the more common socket size that most people have.