Italians are do-it-yourselfers, and they know how important it is to have the right equipment for household chores.
In fact, many people prefer to work on their own rather than having to rely on a technician, thus incurring extra costs for the work or the specific repair. In the perfect toolbox, which everyone can of course customise as much as they like, there is one tool that – in different models and sizes – should never be missing.
We are talking about the spanner, a ‘must-have’ accessory that can solve a wide range of problems. There are many models on sale – even professional ones – at affordable prices, including the universal spanner, which can change its opening and therefore adapt quickly and easily to the type of nut that needs to be unscrewed or tightened.
Choosing the right spanner for your needs is not always easy, due to the wide choice available. First of all, you need to be able to distinguish between spanner sizes – this is the first step towards making an informed purchase.
Spanner measures and other important features
There are spanners that are designed for use in small jobs around the house, and there are spanners that are more professional in nature and are often seen in machine shops.
In general, you should always have spanners between 6 and 12 inches in your toolbox.
It should also be pointed out that under the 6-inch size you will have accessories suitable for DIY and housework (they will also be used for easy access to narrow areas), while other larger models can be used for plumbing work and repairs.
Models are both fixed and adjustable
When it comes to choosing a spanner, there are a number of important elements to consider. Firstly, it is important to know that there are both adjustable and fixed spanners.
Fixed size spanners are most useful for those who have a clear idea of the type of work to be carried out and have a well-stocked toolbox for every eventuality.
Adjustable wrenches are undoubtedly more versatile, but they are also less powerful.
Resistance and ergonomics
The perfect spanner is one that will stand the test of time and withstand considerable strain. To achieve this, it is necessary to choose accessories made of quality materials, steel and iron.
Not forgetting the important role played by ergonomics: the ease of use of this tool clearly increases its overall performance.
However, there are also a number of models of double spanners that can be useful for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts.
Tips for using and storing a spanner
Housework is (almost) never finished. That’s why it will always be necessary to store spanners and other tools in special boxes and crates.
It is a good idea to keep these holders in a dry, non-humid place. Remember that it is always advisable not to exert too much effort on difficult locks and, once the job is done, always clean the spanner to perfection.
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