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John Milbank talks to the experts at Sealey to find out how to get the very best from your spanners, sockets and more…

As an enthusiastic home mechanic, I’m proud of my tool kit. Built up over the years (with many hand-me-downs from Dad), I’ve always valued what I use. Taking care of it is often common-sense, but following this simple advice will help make sure it lasts a lifetime…

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Making the most of hand tools

  • After a day’s work, wipe your kit down and pop it back in the toolbox. Keep it clean, tidy and in its place and you won’t be struggling to find something that’s rusting in a corner.
  • Tools like torque wrenches can need calibrating once a year, especially when used at low settings on smaller fasteners. Don’t neglect it – a service will cost less than a broken engine casing.
  • Use the right tool for the job. Adjustable wrenches break when used as hammers, and using a Philips screwdriver in a Pozidrive fastner could damage both the fixing and the tool.
  • Consider using sockets and spanners that drive the wall of the fastener, rather than the corners. These tools can deliver much more torque, and will often undo a fastener which has had the corners rung off.
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