My Tool Collection & DIY Adventures With Them


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200 Nm is good enough for most of the light jobs. It will cover from light duty (spark plugs,oil drain bolts,lug nuts of wheels,brake caliper bolts etc) to moderate duty automotive torque requirements.
Axle nuts and brake hub bolts require 250 Nm and above in some cars. Only transfer case and differential work requires torques north of this figure. And only professionals work there.
 
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Its very difficult for a single torque wrench to meet all the torque requirements. So safe side is to buy a wrench in the torque range in which you work mostly. Otherwise you would need more than one torque wrench to cover all the torque applications.
When I was working on suspension components, changing the leaking shockers of my Ritz and swift, in my home, I found out that I need to go for a bigger wrench. The torque range was not enough. Good ones are pretty costly. Moreover you have to see that services are there in your area, because it needs calibration check from time to time. So you can not just go for a fancy name tag, because where will you send it back for calibration when you need to get it done.
As a tool torque wrench is not delicate at all. In fact it's a very strong and sturdy tool. Much stronger than common wrenches and spanners. Actually it's the calibration part which is delicate and prone to go wrong if used roughly. You cannot keep throwing them around like any spanner on the floor. The calibration will go for a toss. And the worst part is you wont even come to know of it until you get it checked. You will keep on over tightening or more risky under tightening the bolts,until you get it recalibrated.
 
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My Activa 125 BS3 2016 model was not idling properly. There was also some starting trouble. On investigating I found out that the spark plug as well as the air filter was very dirty.
Cleaned the spark plug properly and adjusted the gap to the specified figures( 0.8). In case of air filter,it was a different story because ,well , it's not supposed to be cleaned at all. So went ahead and replaced it with a new one.




The engine bay is not as dirty as expected.
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This head gasket was changed a year back last time.All clean, no oil leakage.
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Dirty air filter
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surprisingly inside is all clean with no sign of dirt,so this means air filter was doing its job properly
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air filter cover
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air filter cover mouth is dirty
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New air filter
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Dirty air filter
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Dirty air filter compared to Clean and New one
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Dirty air filter again!

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New and clean air filter
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Some of the tools used in DIY
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Some of the tools used in DIY.This is the Stanley socket set,1/2 inch drive with ratchet.Very handy here.
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Air filter packing
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this is the 12 no.socket wrench,used to open the bonnet
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Its very difficult for a single torque wrench to meet all the torque requirements. So safe side is to buy a wrench in the torque range in which you work mostly. Otherwise you would need more than one torque wrench to cover all the torque applications.
As a tool torque wrench is not delicate at all. In fact it's a very strong and sturdy tool. Much stronger than common wrenches and spanners. Actually it's the calibration part which is delicate and prone to go wrong if used roughly. You cannot keep throwing them around like any spanner on the floor. The calibration will go for a toss. And the worst part is you wont even come to know of it until you get it checked. You will keep on over tightening or more risky under tightening the bolts,until you get it recalibrated.


My Torque wrenches:
Torque wrench No.1





This is my smallest Torque wrench with capacity of 3-14 N.M of torque. This is suitable for light jobs like torquing air filter bolts and oil filter and the likes.
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I always update and keep safely the calibration certificate.
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Capacity is 3-14Nm. Its small and handy. It is Ratcheting type model,helps in torquing smaller bolts
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Torque wrench No.2


This is the 2nd size Torque wrench,which has a higher torque range of 14 - 68 Nm. This is suitable for moderately lighter jobs.It is obviously heavier than the smallest wrench.
This is suitable for moderately lighter jobs.

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As already mentioned I always update and keep safely the calibration certificate.
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Torque wrench No.3

This one is heavier and suitable for jobs like wheel lug nuts,head cover bolts,oil pan bolt,most (but not all) of the suspension components.
Its Capacity is 50 - 225 Nm. That's a good capacity,and it covers most of the DIY jobs.Infact out of all the wrenches this one is used the maximum.


When I was working on suspension components, changing the leaking shockers of my Ritz and Swift, in my home itself , I found out that I need to go for a bigger wrench. The torque range was simply not enough. Good ones are pretty costly. Moreover you have to see that services are there in your area, because it needs calibration check from time to time. So you can not just go for a fancy name tag, because where will you send it back for calibration when you need to get it done.


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Torque wrench No.4


Capacity 70 - 340 Nm !
This is the heaviest and the most powerful one.This covers higher torque range too.Axle nut bolts,some suspension components and engine mounts and gear shaft,crankcase works require that much amount of torque.In Ladder frame vehicles chassis component bolts also require this high torque.
It's not easier to work with this heavy wrench. I have kept 6 inch scale beside this and you can guess the size of this wrench!


As a tool torque wrench is not delicate at all. In fact it's a very strong and sturdy tool. Much stronger than common wrenches and spanners. Actually it's the calibration part which is delicate and prone to go wrong if used roughly. You cannot keep throwing them around like any spanner on the floor. The calibration will go for a toss. And the worst part is you wont even come to know of it until you get it checked. You will keep on over tightening or more risky under tightening the bolts,until you get it recalibrated.




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As usual it's always accurately calibrated and the certificate is kept safely for future reference.
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This wrench weighs about 3 kgs. So yes it's not easy to work with. This can easily be used in a garage setting,only care required is do not drop it,or bang it on the ground!
Actually it's the calibration part which is delicate and prone to go wrong if used roughly. You cannot keep throwing them around like any spanner on the floor. The calibration will go for a toss.




This part is 1/2 inch drive,and it can be pushed to the other side to set the torque to tighten or loosen the bolt. Although I never use it to loosen something.
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This part makes the clickety sound when the set torque is reached
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Calibration certificate has all the required details.
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Torque can be set in 3 different units: Nm or lbf.in,or Kgf.m .
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The lower part comes out so you can rotate the torque set scale as per torque requirements
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This is the Lb-ft scale
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Torque range coverage. Arrow points toward direction of( torque) movement
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My Dewalt DW292 710 Watt 1/2 inch drive Heavy Duty Electrical Impact wrench

Q. What is an impact wrench?
Ans. An impact wrench is a power tool used for loosening or tightening lug nuts, large bolts, and frozen or rusted fasteners. They provide a very high rotational torque that a regular power driver cannot provide. Impact wrenches achieve this by an internal hammering mechanism that transfers kinetic energy onto the output shaft.



Max tightening is torque 440 Nm. I needed at least 300 Nm for my DIY jobs.So it is more than my routine requirement.
Warranty is 2 years from the date of purchase.
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Other specifications:
The DW292 1/2" Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil delivers a powerful forward and reverse torque, which is operated by the AC/DC rocking switch.

Speed under no load is 2100 RPM.
Impacts/ min =2700 IPM

Benefits of corded wrench:
It is lighter and No battery discharge issue or repeated battery changing and charging issues.
Better speed and torque control.
Cost effective as compared to battery operated ones.
Negative points: Always constant electric supply needed.Sometimes cord comes in the way of DIY. Tool is heavier as compared to pneumatic wrench.
 
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IMPACT SOCKETS
One has to be careful with the sockets intended for impact wrenches. Chrome vanadium is hard, very hard. Chrome-molybdenum is softer. And here the sockets are heavy too, with thicker walls.


When normal shiny chrome sockets are used, they get shattered!! Not recommended with impact wrenches.
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These are specific to the impact wrenches. Black colour, and no chrome anywhere helps to distinguish between the two types.
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These are the long deep sockets very helpfull for hard to reach areas like lug nuts in deeply recessed alloys. I have numbered them using marker pen because its difficult to read the numbers on black background.
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Meanwhile the shiny chrome sockets are resting in their home waiting for the next diy project.
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Fellow members were having little doubt about which tool kit to buy.Just to clear the confusion I am posting the pros and cons of the kits .
These kits have been collected slowly over past couple of years.I have already posted them earlier on this thread and today I am posting them together here so that members can get a comparison perspective.

Stanley 3/8 kit:
Pros: light,easy to carry about and light on the pocket too.Good quality metal used. Chrome shines for long. Good for 2 wheelers and house jobs like working on a bracket of cupboard, kitchen cabinets etc. Ratchet is available in the kit.
Cons: Not suitable for heavy jobs,like cars and SUVs.Pricey(actually for me it was pricey when I bought it.Now maybe its okay,but then I had to save for it)

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Taparia 3/8 set.
Pros: light,easy to carry the sockets about(not the whole tool box) . Very Good quality metal used. Chrome shines stays for long. Good for 2 wheelers and house jobs like working on a bracket of cupboard, kitchen cabinets etc. Can do heavy work too. Ratchet is available in the kit.
Cons: costly.Metal box is heavy to carry around.If every time you need the whole box,it is heavy. Take out the socket and use.


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Taparia 1/2 set
Pros: Ratchet is available in the kit. Kit is very good quality. Metal is of top class. Packing is of 3 layered foam so no rattles on storing and moving around .Will work on cars and jeeps and what not.
Cons: Pricey. Very heavy to carry around.I dont pull it at all.Jerk will cause back pain.So I have put wheels on wooden board to carry it around the garage.

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Out of the three,my favourite is this one.
Very easy to use.

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