How to Reverse Ratcheting Wrenches

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A ratcheting wrench is a handy tool for working in tight spaces where a standard wrench would not be able to maneuver. You turn a standard wrench to the right when fastening a bolt and left if removing it. With a ratcheting wrench the old adage "rightie-tightie, leftie-loosie" still applies, but works a little differently.

Step 1

Grip the ratcheting wrench and put the socket on the ratchet head. The wrench size you use will be the diameter of the nut you are removing; therefore, if you are removing a 1/2-inch nut, use a 1/2-inch socket.


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Step 2

Position the ratchet wrench with the wrench head on the bolt; the hexagonal shapes should compliment each other and have a snug fit—the wrench around the nut.

Step 3

Slide the direction control to the left.

Step 4

Twist the ratcheting wrench to the right. When your run out of space. Remove the wrench and slide it over the nut again from where you started. Twist the ratcheting wrench again until you run out of space. Repeat this process until the the nut has come off.



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