De-Mystifying Wrenches with Tanya Memme

#1: Allen Wrench
If you’ve ever assembled a piece of Ikea furniture, you’re definitely familiar with these! An Allen wrench is an L-shaped tool used on fasteners with a hexagonal hole in their heads. Due to its L-shape, this wrench can only be used to turn nuts and bolts with a hexagonal recess to easily receive the wrench shape. Also a very common tool used in toy assembly!

#2: Clamping Wrench/Vise Grip

Every woman should y have a vise grip/clamping wrench in their toolbox. Vise grips open up with a little handle and has an adjustment screw to adjust to different sizes, it’s designed to grip and clamp whatever you’re using at varying degrees of pressure. Clamping wrenches are great if you need extra torque because your energy goes into twisting, rather than into holding it down. Average pliers you expend energy on keeping it closed.
#3: Adjustable Crescent Wrench

This is a wrench with a “jaw” of adjustable width, allowing it to be used with different sizes of fastener head (nut, bolt, etc) rather than just one fastener-as with conventional fixed crescent wrenches. It’s called a “crescent” because of the shape of the head of the wrench, which is shaped like a crescent moon. Used correctly it’s a versatile tool that can be adapted to many situations and is a great substitute for having 100 wrenches in your tool kit! The only disadvantage of an adjustable wrench is its less stability than a fixed-size wrench.
#4: Pipe Wrench

This wrench is ideal for rotating pipes used in plumbing. The wrench is adjusted to different pipe diameters by rotating the key ring. This tool can close with significant force and so doesn’t need to engage a nut. However, the tool can still be used on a pipe with a nut or other flat engagement points. For more Lifestyle by Tanya, visit and follow Tanya on Twitter @Tanya_Memme!