If you are looking to learn how to use a Socket Set you have come to the right place. In this blog, I will guide you to use a normal as well as a pass-through socket set. Using them is very easy, and you will be a pro in no time. So, let us start right away!
Step 1: Find Right Socket
For finding the exact size socket for your nut or bolt;
- Get a socket from the box which you think is ok, and try to put it on the nut or bolt.
- If it does not get on the fastener, try a bigger size otherwise go to the next step
- Now when it is on the fastener, check whether it is too loose or not, and if it is loose, try a smaller size until you find the right one.
Step 2: Attach Accessories if needed
If your nut or bolt is in an inaccessible position, such as very deep or angle is not 90° e.t.c., you can use an extension bar, universal joint adapter, or other accessories according to your situation in between wrench and socket. If you want to use an accessory, attach it with a wrench before attaching a socket ( step 3 ) to it, but if you do not need any accessory, simply jump to the next step.
Step 3: Attach Socket with Wrench
Attaching a socket with a wrench ( ratchet, spanner, e.t.c. ) is very easy. Normally, depending on the designs you can attach a wrench with a socket in the following way;
- If your wrench is male kind, which normally is, you can simply compare socket drive square size with wrench drive square size, and if they are the same, push the socket onto the wrench drive square until you hear a sound, which will mean the socket is attached securely.
- If your wrench is pass-through or female kind, check if your socket drives sides size match with the wrench attachment hole size, and if it’s a match simply snap the socket into the wrench drive hole.
Sometimes, there is a pin mechanism in the wrench, and you may need to push the button on the wrench to insert the socket.
If you had attached an accessory with a wrench, and now you want to attach a socket to the accessory, do not worry, on most accessories such as an extension bar or universal joint adapter, you can attach a socket by simply pushing the socket onto it.
Step 4: Check Turning Direction of Wrench
If your wrench is ratchet kind, which will normally be, you need to set whether you want to loosen a nut ( or bolt, e.t.c. ) or fasten it.
Because, unlike a normal wrench, if you want to loosen ( anti-clockwise direction ) a nut or bolt but your ratchet is set to fastening ( clockwise ) direction, it will only rotate in a clockwise direction, and even if you are turning ratchet only in an anti-clockwise direction, all turns will be nullified and you will see nut or bolt is at the same position as before.
So, for setting the ratchet in the right direction, follow below steps;
- First, hold the socket in a left hand, and handle in a right hand.
- Now, if you want to fasten, turn the handle, and if the socket is turning in a clockwise direction when you are turning the handle clockwise, then it is all ok.
- But if you want to loosen a nut or bolt, and the socket is moving in a wrong ( clockwise ) direction, then turn the knob (other mechanisms) on the handle, which will set the socket to move in your needed anti-clockwise ( loosening ) direction.
Step 5: Turn the Fastener ( Nut, Bolt, e.t.c. )
Follow the below procedure to fasten or loosen nut or bolt;
- Place the socket onto the nut or bolt.
- If your wrench is ratchet kind, which will most likely, turn the ratchet in the desired direction, and when it reaches a position, you can no longer turn it, either there may be an obstacle or you have reached your arm max angle, simply turn ratchet backward ( it will not turn the nut or bolt because ratchet work only in set direction ) to start position and turn it again in the desired direction to turn the nut or bolt.
- Keep doing the above process until the nut or bolt is tightened or loosened to your desired value.
Step 6: Remove the socket from Wrench
You can remove the socket from the ratchet ( or from the accessory ) simply by pulling the socket out or by pushing a “quick-release button” on the wrench then pulling the socket out ( only in wrenches that come with an attachment mechanism that is controlled by a button on the wrench ).
Step 7: Storage
If you want to tighten or loosen another size nut or bolt, follow the above 5 steps, otherwise, arrange all sockets, wrenches(s), and accessories ( if present ) in their fixed position in the box and put the box away from moisture and direct sunlight if you want to avoid rusting and discoloration, respectively.
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