Video: How to Choose a Socket Set

This step-by-step guide will help you choose the right socket set for your next project.
 

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When it comes to nuts and bolts, a socket set is a have, offering maneuverability and saving you time and energy. Wondering which type is right for your next job? Don't worry, you got this. It pays to know the basic types available and the differences between them. Socket sets are available in imperial or metric, with most sets offering both. Multi-piece sets will often include ratchets, regular, and deep sockets, adapters, extensions, and U joints. Chrome-plated, non-impact sockets are the most common type available. These sockets are best used for auto repair, household jobs, and outdoor projects involving non-powered, hand-driven tools. For heavier duty jobs requiring air or power tools, impact sockets are built to withstand higher torque, thanks to their malleable steel composition. If you're looking for DIY versatility, a universal socket set has you covered. This jack of all trades can handle six different fastener types, 6-point, square, 12-point, E-Torx, Spline, and Rounded. In one handy pack, these sets are perfect for smaller jobs or tasks requiring multiple fastener types. Different drive sizes have different strengths. Make sure you align the drive size with the job at hand, and avoid using non-impact sockets with an impact range. The increased torque could shatter the socket. Socket sets are available in different sizes to suit your needs. A smaller set works for simple, everyday tasks, while a larger set can offer additional deep sockets and multiple drive sizes. By choosing the right socket set, you'll be ready to tackle any project that comes your way. Don't worry, you got this.

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