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Wrenches and Hammers

SKU: C-607Duration: 29 Minutes Certificate Included

PPV format perfect for individual users.

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Course Details


Training Time: 29 minutes

 Mobile Compatible

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices


  • English

Wrenches and hammers are two of the most commonly used tools. From do-it-yourself weekend projects in the garage at home to large scale industrial construction, it is almost inevitable that wrenches and hammers of one kind or another will play a significant role. They are incredibly helpful, and make difficult jobs much easier and more efficient. This course will describe the different types of wrenches and hammers available as well as safe work practices for using them.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to choose the right tool for the job
  • Identify the safety measures to use with tools
  • Describe the best ways to transport, store, and maintain tools to keep them in optimum condition
  • Identify the overall purposes of wrenches and hammers
  • Differentiate between types of wrenches, including hand, open and box end, adjustable, socket, pipe, Allen, and torque
  • Differentiate between types of hammers, including claw, ball-peen, mallet, and sledges

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are the keys to using wrenches and hammers?
The keys for using wrenches and hammers are to select the right tool for the job, follow safety rules, use the tool properly, and store, maintain, and transport the tools correctly.

How should tools be carried?
When transporting tools, carry anything with sharp edges pointed down or carry tools in the tote tray.

What are common types of wrenches?
Common types of wrenches include open end, box end, combination wrenches, adjustable, socket, nut drivers, pipe, Allen, and torque.

What are common types of hammers?
Common types of hammers include claw, ball-peen, mallets, and sledges.

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

The purpose of a hammer is to strike or hit another tool or part. When choosing the right hammer for the job, it is important to keep in mind a few rules. Make sure the hammer is the right size. If a large object is hit with a small hammer, it can cause the hammer to spring back dangerously. If a small object is hit with a large hammer, it can damage the object. Always check that the hammer head is tightly on the handle. Also, check that the handle is free of oil and dry. Only use a steel hammer when maximum driving force is needed. Be sure to grasp the hammer's handle close to the end. Fingers should be underneath the handles with the thumb on the side or top, and hold the hammer so that its face and the object's surface are parallel.

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