Wrenches let you reach, grip, and turn things that your fingers alone can’t. When you shop for these tools, look for drop-forged tempered-steel wrenches with jaws that you can manage easily. To prevent the jaws of wrenches from damaging ornamental finishes on fasteners, fixtures, and hardware, cover the jaws with electrician’s tape or masking tape. Blow is a list of the variety of wrenches every home owner should have available and in what situation they well work best for you.
Adjustable Wrenches: Adjustable wrenches are a must have for any home owner’s toolbox. A 6, 8, and 10 inch length should meet most of your household needs. To use an adjustable wrench, open the wrench all the way and then place over the item to be tightened or loosen. Seat the head all the way into the jaws and tighten the jaws. Always turn an adjustable wrench toward the direction of wrenches adjustable jaw.
Fixed-end Wrenches: Fixed-end wrenches can handle tons of pressure, but you must have the right size that exactly matches the fastener’s head. These wrenches come in box-end, open-end, or combination styles.
Ratchet Wrenches: A ratchet wrench with interchangeable sockets does what fixed-end wrenches do, but does the job a lot faster. For each turn you make on the lever of the handle, it reverses the turning direction of the socket on the nut or bolt.
Allen Wrenches: To loosen a set screw use an Allen wrench. Make sure to perches a set that includes a range of sizes. When using an Allen wrench make sure to tighten by hand only. Don’t use pliers to apply any pressure to turning the Allen wrench.