How to use a socket wrench

How to use a socket wrench. If a testing device requires a socket wrench and you have no idea how to use it.

You need to follow this simple method to turn nuts or bolts with more ease than a standard wrench.

These types of sockets allow the wrench to be in connected form with the bolt. It avoids the refitting step with every turn of the bolt. 

How to use a socket wrenchuse a socket wrench

If the working space is limited, go for the socket wrench to do the job.

Calibration of Socket Wrench 

Sockets are either graduated in English or metric units.

Most of the socket sets may comprise both types.

Types of Socket Wrenches

  • Ratcheting 
  • Flex head
  • T- handle
  • Nut driver 
  • Gearless 

Available Sizes of Socket Wrenches

There are four standard socket sizes: 

  • 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeters)
  • 3/8 inch (0.9 centimeters),
  • 1/2 inch (1.3 centimeters) 
  • 3/4 inch (1.9 centimeters).

 In-between them, other sizes are also available, including 

 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeters) 

Increase by every sixteenth of an inch (0.16 centimeters).

Parts of Socket Wrenchparts of socket wrench 

  • Socket drive 
  • Drive socket side hole
  • Socket head
  • Points of a socket
  • Internal walls
  • Stepped collar

Procedure for Using Socket Wrench to Turn the Nuts And Bolts

Socket selection

  • Select the socket wrench depending upon the size of the nut or bolt.
  • Observe the socket for measurements related to the selection.
  • A right socket will do the job perfectly.
  • If you can’t find the exact wrench, select the one that best fits the nut for turning it.
  • If the nut is too loose, try a smaller socket for turning the nut. 
  • Remember not to try turning a bolt with a large socket. It can strip the bolt and make it hard to turn.

Attach the socket to the wrench head

  • Now Attach the socket to the handle by sliding the drive socket side hole. 
  • You will hear a click when the socket fits in place.

Identifying the socket switch

  • After that, look at the socket opposite side for a switch. Locate that switch.
  • This switch provides you with the option of either tightening or loosening the bolts. Turn it to the right to tighten the nut.
  • Turn to the left to loosen the nut.

Using socket wrench

  • Now it’s time to use the socket wrench to turn the bolts.
  • Take a socket wrench and Place it on the nut you opt to turn. 
  • Start turning it either right or left, depending upon your situation. Turn it like a standard wrench or pliers, except avoid removing the wrench in case of limited space.
  • All you need to do is rotate it back on the opposite side.
  • Repeat the same step for the complete turning of a nut.
  • In this way, you can easily remove nuts and bolts from any device.

Advantages of Socket Wrenchadvantages of socket wrench

  • Easy to use
  • Eliminate the refitting
  • Can be employed in less working space
  • Time saver
  • Prevent damage to the device
  • Interchangeable sockets
  • Ratcheting action 


  • Purchase a high-quality socket set
  • Don’t employ too big or too loose sockets for the fastener. 
  • It damages the fastener and makes it slip off to be harmful.
  • Keep all your tools in an organized form.

How does a socket wrench work?

A socket wrench is a hand tool that, in the past, was somewhat of a rarity. It’s been around for many years, but it hasn’t always been readily available to anyone who wanted one.

They’re used to engage (or tighten) nuts one at a time and they come equipped with some sort of locking mechanism (most of the time).


A socket wrench is an essential tool for turning the nuts and bolts perfectly.

But if you don’t know how to use a socket wrench, we are here with a simple method that will help you tighten and loosen the nuts.

Follow the step-wise procedure to do the job by yourself.

Don’t use any tool without knowing it’s working. It can be harmful and may cause mishaps. Place the socket tool in a proper place, away from the reach of an experienced person.

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