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How (not) to use a crescent wrench.

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on March 13, 2007


It occurred to me, after many years of using adjustable wrenches the “right way”, that using it backwards makes more sense.

You see, when using a crescent wrench as in the illustration, you are applying the force (from the nut) to the top of the movable jaw and the bottom of the fixed jaw. This provides the greatest possible leverage with which to bend the movable jaw.

If you operate the wrench “backwards”, this force is applied to the base of the movable jaw, where it is strongest.

What else am I doing wrong?

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