A set of different wrenches is a great addition to any tool box. Wrenches are perfect for occasional fix-up jobs around the house or for taking to professional job sites and are as flexible as they are diverse. With a number of different wrench sizes and types to select from, it's easy to match a wrench to any type of task or project. Fill a tool box with other hand tools and equipment to stay on top of repairs.
There are many different types of wrenches, but generally speaking, wrenches work in similar manners, regardless of design. One of the most common types of wrenches are open-ended wrenches, which feature an open, C-shaped jaw that allows fast use, but may not establish as secure of a grip as enclosed-jaw wrenches. For a better fit, choose a box wrench, which uses a fully enclosed jaw to wrap around nuts and bolts. A box wrench must be aligned from above, making operation a bit more difficult than open-ended wrenches. For the best of both worlds, pick up a combination wrench that has an open-end jaw on one side and an enclosed jaw on the other side.
Capable of working with a number of different nut and bolt sizes, adjustable wrenches feature an open-ended jaw with one jaw that's movable to fit various fasteners. Securely grip pipes using a pipe wrench that has serrated jaws for holding smooth surfaces without slipping. A ratcheting wrench lets you tighten or loosen fasteners without having to disconnect the tool for ease of use, while a stubby wrench enables access to tight, narrow spaces.