Trivia Quiz: Do You Know Your Wrenches?
For any kind of "torquing" that you need done, there's likely a wrench or related device that will help you accomplish your job. But people don't "torque" every day, so any one given person doesn't get to see all the varieties that exist in the world of "torque" aids - unless you've lived a long life, and you have decided all along that you can do the job yourself. This could mean, though, that if you buy a tool for a specific "torque" job, you will use it only once in your life. A few of the tools shown below have been used only once. Some of them are not owned by me, but are painted for this hub, so I can catch a wide variety of wrenches.
Before I studied wrenches for this article, and before I bought specific wrenches to do certain jobs, I didn't really know the wrenches presented here. So what I'm preaching is barely practiced. What I'm saying is, don't expect a good score the first time, especially in light of the fact that the tools presented here span various fields. If you do score well, though, I would be interested in hearing about it.
To take the quiz, refer to the picture below. The tool by each number in the picture corresponds to the numbers in the quiz.
After you take the quiz, I'll talk about some of the tools.
The "Wrench" Quiz
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Most of the wrenches here are self-explanatory. I'll just touch on a few that aren't too well-known. By the way, I haven't presented all wrenches that exist in the world. I had to stop **somewhere,** right?
Number 4 is an interesting curiosity, because - although it's a wrench, it's not called a wrench, but a "tuning hammer." It is used to tune pianos. This would make a good riddle: "What wrench is called a hammer?"
Number 7 is something I didn't know existed, and it represents a bolt that I never knew about. Deep within the pipe that supports a bathub water valve is a nut against which the cylinder and its rubber washer is pressed when the valve is closed. This nut is in the housing at the back of the "T" where one pipe is molded to with another at a 90-degree angle. One day, my bathtub's cold water valve developed a leak, and after I bought a new valve, it kept leaking. I bought everyting about that valve that could be bought, but it kept leaking. When I looked at the rubber washer, it was ripped up. So I put in a new washer and closed the valve. It kept leaking. I took it apart again, and saw that the rubber washer was ripped up, again!
I concluded that the pipe had to be replaced - the one embedded in the wall - because I didn't know that there was an extra part within that pipe. This meant I had to tear open the wall from top to bottom, and buy a whole new length of pipe. I was discouraged, but I knew I had to do it
Like I said at the beginning of this article, I've lived a long life. One thing long lives teach you, is never to assume anything if you're not an expert at it. Another thing I learned is that no question is a dumb question. But I went to Home Depot convinced that I had to buy a six-foot length of pipe with a T in it at the right spot, along with all related sealers, threads and what-not. I almost didn't ask the next question, but I thought, "Why not? There's a million-to-one chance that I didn't know something about this problem." So I described the problem to a pro. Without batting an eyelash, he said, "You probably need a new seat.
I responded, "I know: I need to sit down so I won't fall over, but I'm prepared for your answer; go ahead." He laughed and said that the nut in the T was probably damaged. I almost **did** have to sit down. I couldn't believe my ears! It was going to be a simple procedure, after all!
He found me a "seat nut" not far from where he was standing, but told me I needed a seat wrench too (which was another few steps away), unless I wanted a plumber to do it. When I saw that the seat wrench was nine dollars, I couldn't imagine a plumber charging less than that, so I decided to buy it.
The nuts are round and threaded on the outside, and come with four-sided holes, or with six-sided holes. One end of the seat wrench has three fixed sizes for square holes, and the other end comes with three hex sizes. When I pulled out the "seat" at home, I saw that it was definitely damaged, one edge with tears and slots in it. This was probably caused by a washer that had completely worn down, thus the cylinder was rubbing against the seat. The seat wrench is one of the tools that I've used only once. But it surely represents an episode that put me on cloud nine for a while!
I doubt that number 8 is very popular these days. It was used by farmers, mechanics and factory workers to perform maintenance or repair, and for square nuts.
Number 9 is one tool that has been well-used. The head flips 180 degrees so you can either loosen or tighten nuts under wash basins or sinks. The floppy jaw makes it easily adjustable, and it's built for those tight spaces.
Number 16 is for narrow nuts in narrow places.
I have a bicycle, and have used it extensively, so I've used number 18 quite a bit. If it looks painted, it's because I gave up looking for it (them). Undoubtedly, it's right where I left them. The curved flattened part pries one section of the tire out of the rim. The slot on the other end fits over a spoke so you can take your hands off it and go to another section of tire to do that same thing with another copy of the tool, until the tire is forced to come out of the rim.
Number 19 is created in the hopes of making its nut (pictured here) tamper-proof. The nut is usually sent into the frame or body, thus not allowing a pipe wrench to grip it.
I may be pushing it to show number 23, but don't we need something refreshing once in a while? Besides it does wonders with transferring and enhancing torque power from your hand to a stubborn fruit jar lid. This is how to use it: You hide it in your pocket. Then when the woman you wish to impress asks you to open a jar, you grab the jar between your macho hands while pushing your jaw outward, do a subtle twist so you can sneak a hand into your pocket, slap that strap around the lid, pop it open and then hide the strap again, all in one movement. With practice you'll get good at it, and your woman will never suspect you cheated. (Well, at least she never let on that she knew I cheated. come to think of it, she gave me "that look." Do I need to write a hub about "that look?")