If you are fed up of loosening and tightening the nuts and bolts with your hand, it’s time that you adopt a smarter way; by making use of an impact wrench. These wrenches can be easy operated and be a savior when you just can’t remove that lug nut. Here are some common mistakes that people usually make which you need to be aware of. Make sure that you are on the right track while purchasing and operating them. Here is a list of don’ts, if you are going to buy or operate an impact wrench.
· Using the wrong size and wrong type
Make sure that you buy the right size of wrench that will work on the size of fasteners and fittings you have. Also, buy the right type of wrench according to the purpose and where you are going to use it. Air powered wrenches are mostly used in professional environments whereas electricity powered can be used for domestic purposes. If you need a handy wrench that can be used in any corner, the best option is battery powered wrenches.
· Tightening beyond the limit
When you tighten a bolt beyond the limit, the threads inside may get damaged permanently. In this case, you will have to drill the thing out and do a lot of work on it all over again. You may also damage head of the bolt if you try to tighten it too much. The best way to avoid this would be to stop around the end of the process and manually tighten the bolt until its perfect tight.
· Damaging the threads
If you try to use these wrenches to tighten a cross-threaded nut or bolt, you will be damaging them permanently. It is best to thread the bolt manually at the beginning, before you use the wrench.
· Accidents due to carelessness
Make sure that you read the user’s manual thoroughly and check for any damages to the wrench or the accessories. Have firm grip and proper control over the wrench. Don’t use them for complex and unsuitable work.
· Being unaware of the work environment
Make sure there isn’t anything around on which you could trip and fall. Check whether there are any gas lines or electric lines that may be concealed if you’re working on a covered area.
· Not using safety equipment
Make sure that you dress accordingly with no loose hair or jewelry. Use a face mask, thick jacket, gloves and safety goggles.
· Using the wrong accessories
Accessories like sockets and drill bits should be compatible with the wrench. If you use parts that are too fragile when compared to the strength of the wrench, they may get damaged or break which can lead to injury.