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Caring for System Hardware

When working on your engine or taking apart another system, always use the right tool for the right job. Taking proper care of your hardware will allow reuse, will ensure proper torque, and won't round off the heads or tool attachment points.

Here are some examples:

open-end wrench

It is always better to use a an open end or line wrench on a line,

box wrench

and a box wrench on a bolt.

Using an adjustable wrench can round off the corners of the bolt or hex making your next repair more difficult.

adjustable wrench

It you find someone has already rounded off the corners, using a vice grip or small pipe wrench are your best options.

vice grips

There are so many hose clamps on a boat and, they are generally found in hard to reach places.

flexible nut driver
flexible driver in use

Checking for tightness of clamps should be part of routine maintenance.

Rust on a clamp is usually a sign that it is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.

Using a flexible nut driver on hose clamps allows the tool to set squarely on the fastener head no matter how challenging its location.

Always take time to reach for the right tool and avoid making more work. At times, finding the right tool for the right job might take a little longer, but it is well worth it.

socket wrench

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