I was hoping to get some help from the electrical guys. I have been doing
a little rewiring and I have read about making sure the proper torque is use
in the connections but I have never seen any electrician use any kind of
I am willing to buy and use the proper tools. The Big box stores only have
torque wrenches. I assume I am looking for a torque screwdriver? Anyone
actually use one of these? any recommendations?
The other confusing thing is the electrical boxes indicate lbs-in is this
actually inch pounds?
Thanks for the help
Harbor Freight has chinese made ones for a lot cheaper. You can get a
20% off coupon, from Ebay, save you a pile of money. They try to only
sell them to electricians. If the clerks say they don't have em. Don't
take no for answer. In the electrical section. sometimes in screw
This advice worth what you paid for it.
You can use a torque screwdriver, or a torque wrench. Either one will work
Yes. Pound-inches and inch-pounds are the same thing.
FWIW, the best place that I've found to get a good inch-pound torque wrench is
Sears. Many auto parts stores sell what they *claim* is an inch-pound torque
wrench, but the typical range is 120 to 960 inch pounds -- which means it's
really a 10 to 80 *foot*pound wrench that's been marked in inch-pounds. You'll
quickly realize that it's of no use at all for electrical work, or, for what I
wanted it for, rebuilding a transmission, where the typical torques are 40-50
inch-pounds or so. The one I got at Sears was something like 20 to 200
inch-pounds, which did the job just fine.
If you happen to live in Indianapolis, email me at MillerDL at uindy dot edu,
we can probably work something out.
I appreciate the offer but I am in Pennsylvania. I'll ask some friends who
do some automotive work to see if they have an inch-pound one, but it seems
to me everyone skimps on the torque wrenches. Otherwise I will look at
Sears or maybe go with Harbor Freight.
Not for electrical panels. A "regular automotive torque wrench" has a
*minimum* reading of 10 foot-pounds = 120 inch-pounds, which is much too high
for most electrical applications IME.
If you want to do it right, you need an inch-pound torque wrench.
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