If you’re reading this article, you probably want to know how to use a ratchet set with an extension bar.
If you’re a novice without much knowledge about home appliances, you might be a little confused about what all these terms mean exactly.
As such, before I tell you how to use a ratchet and socket, I’ll run you through a brief summary of all these technical terms.
What is a Socket?
A socket is a small rounded tool. It’s usually hooked to the end of a turning tool (ratchet, wrench, etc) and fastened around a nut or bolt to turn it easily.
One end of the socket comes with a hollow square. This is the end attached to the ratchet, and it’s called “drive socket” because this is the end that will be turned.
The other end of the socket is the head, and it’s the part fastened to the nut or bolt. Because nuts and bolts can come in a variety of shapes, so does the socket head. The most common socket head is hexagon-shaped.
What is a Ratchet?
A ratchet is a turning tool. It’s attached to the socket and turned to either fasten or loosen a nut or bolt if a wrench isn’t enough. The ratchet is used as an extension to be placed between the socket and the wrench.
It’s one of the most useful tools you can have. It helps extend the reach of the socket, and it also offers leverage with a firm bolt.
Furthermore, using an extension bar with the ratchet and socket provides even greater comfort. It can help the socket reach into small tight spaces.
Below I’ve given you a detailed explanation of how you can use a ratchet and socket with an extension bar.
Using a Ratchet and Socket with an Extension Bar
Step #1: First, you need to connect the extension bar to the ratchet. You simply need to make the ends meet.
Step #2: The drive square of the ratchet needs to be placed into the drive socket of the extension bar. The two need to be pushed together so they’re hooked firmly. As the ratchet square hooks into the drive socket of the extension bar, you’ll hear a slight “click”.
Step #3: Now you repeat the process with the socket. This time you attach the drive square of the extension bar to the drive socket. Push the two together till you hear a “click”, indicating that the extension bar is hooked into the socket.
Step #4: You’ve successfully connected the socket to the extension bar, and the bar to the ratchet. Now, you can fasten the socket head on to the nut or bolt that needs to be fastened or loosened.
Step #5: Turn the ratchet accordingly.
Disassemble the Extension Bar and Socket
After you’re done using the ratchet and socket, you can disassemble the tools. There’s a release button on the back of the ratchet that will release the extension bar. Click on it. In lieu of a release button, you can simply pull the two apart. After finish your job you should organize your socket set in a socket organizer.
To release the socket, you need to hold the socket in one hand, and pull the extension bar against the opposite end.
And voila! With that, you’ve successfully used a ratchet and socket with an extension bar!