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How To Use A Socket Wrench

How To Use A Socket Wrench

This video takes the mystery out of getting a job done with socket wrenches. It shows how to select the proper size and length socket for the job, how to check for the correct fit, and how to use the socket wrench to remove a nut. It covers different types of socket wrenches and helps with tool selection. After you've watched, you'll be ready to tackle any job involving socket wrenches and make good tool selections at the store.

Today, we're going to be talking about how to use a socket wrench. There are various different types of socket wrenches on the market, certainly within socket sets. Here, we have one socket set.

This is a four piece socket set. We also have more sockets here, okay, and we have some longer sockets here. So, depending on what kind of nut or bolt we're tightening is depending on the socket that we're going to use.

We start here, obviously, with a bigger socket and end here with a smaller socket. These ones here are for longer applications. So for instance, something like this bolt here, if the nut was this far back, this socket here wouldn't engage on the nut.

So what we do is we use a longer type of socket and that socket will obviously reach the nut. There are different types: there's metric and imperial. There are different types of sizes of socket ranging from very small ones to big ones.

So, depending on the application where we're going to use the socket is depending on what socket we're going to use. For today's demonstrational purposes, we're going to use this socket wrench and we're going to choose the socket to fit the nut which we'll be taking off this wheel. Here we are, let's have a look.

That fits. Now, you need to make sure that it is the correct fit. We don't want any slip.

Now, for instance, if I was to take a slightly bigger socket and put that over the nut, what I'd be doing is I'd be stripping the actual nut itself. And this could cause a real problem because this means you wouldn't be able to get the nut off if you don't actually get the right fitting socket for the right particular nut, okay? In other words, just place it over. You'll see - you can see it's not moving.

It's quite a firm fit which indicates that this is the correct socket for this particular nut. If you can actually find out the size of the nut that you're actually taking off, or screwing on, then obviously you can get the right socket for the right nut, depending on the size that was given to you, okay. But for this instance, I'm just getting the right socket to fit this particular nut, like so.

For demonstrational purposes, I'm going to show you two different types of socket wrench. There's this type which there's a handle that you turn clockwise or anti-clockwise. In this instance, if you turn it anti-clockwise it means that you tighten the nut.

If you turn it clockwise, it means that you're un-tightening the nut. It's very confusing, I know, but this is how this one in particular is made. Personally, I think these are the better type here, where you've actually got a nice little lever on there.

Switching it that way makes it go clockwise; turning it that way makes it move anti-clockwise, so clockwise to tighten the nut, anti-clockwise to undo the nut. Place the socket over the socket wrench. Place the socket over the nut.

And we've turned the handle towards me, and it undoes the nut like so. Okay, so gently moving the socket - take the socket off the nut, and I can use my hands or fingers now to remove the nut like so. And that is how to use a socket wrench.

I hope you found today helpful on the different techniques and methods of using certain tools for different DIY projects. If you'd like more information, please visit my website. .