How to Read a Torque Wrench

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Reading a torque wrench is very simple, as it have numbers that go down around the handle, and they can read in pounds or in metric measurements. Learn about torque wrench settings with help from a general contractor in this free video on using shop tools.

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Hello, Dan here with DK LeSieur, general contractor, Washougal, Washington. I've been asked to explain how to read a torque wrench. Okay, of course you're going to need a torque wrench before you do anything. Well it's actually pretty simple. Down here at the bottom of the torque wrench, we have numbers that go around this handle, and we have numbers that go up and down. So, this handle actually spins then you have got to loosen it some more and spin. So right now I have it set at 70 pounds. We have 70 pounds here and 0 here so if I needed to go to 74 pounds there is a 4 marking here on the handle and we're still on 70. There is also on the back side of this one is metric. So if you have readings that need to be metric we have metric on the back side. Same thing, you line it up with your metric reading and point you know 1 through 9 is actually on here. So that is how you read this torque wrench. There is many other torque wrenches out there. This is the most common, very easy to use, very common. So this is Dan, DK LeSieur, how to read a torque wrench.

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