Do You Actually Know What These Garage Tools Are Used For?

By: Craig
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About This Quiz

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything as if it were a nail." This quote is attributed to both Maslow and Kaplan in 1966. However, depending on the tools in your garage, the same concept applies. This means that the more tools you have, the more inventive ways you can solve your building, fixing and repairing problems. New tools are invented all the time to handle the latest appliances, car engines and building codes. For instance, all modern cars have computers that run pretty much everything in the vehicle. When something goes wrong in the car, having the computer code reader can not only help identify the problem easier, but in many cases, can also fix it.

If you're someone who likes to spend their free time looking at the latest equipment in the aisles of a hardware store, if a trip to Menard's, Home Depot or Lowes mean "fun times", you'll love this quiz. You can show off your tool savvy because you've been there, you've done that, and you've got the grease stains on your T-shirt. You know that a socket set serves a similar purpose as a wrench - but the reason you might use the socket set is to be able to work on hard-to-reach nuts thanks to extender bars.

It's time to strut your stuff in the hardware store and on this quiz. Start it now!

Hammers are an essential part of any garage. You never know when you need to hit something. Of course, there are different types including the claw hammer that is used for extracting nails.

Invented by Conrad Bahr in 1918, the torque wrench applies a precise torque to the bolt you are tightening. This means it cannot be overtightened and is easily loosened when need be.

Used on crankshafts, it allows for the rotation of the crankshaft when the damper has been removed. It works with a normal ratchet.

This tool allows for the creation of screw threads. This is a useful thing to have in your garage, particularly if you work on car engines.

Used in conjunction with a Valve Checking Spring Kit, this micrometer helps determine the height of the valves in the engine.

Engines are heavy and a pulley, hoist and lift make it possible to not only remove them but replace them back into the chassis with minimal fuss. It will certainly save your back!

While working on an engine, the crankshaft will need to be turned and adjusted many times. This socket does this without any fear of damaging the crankshaft itself.

An important part of keeping any engine running properly, a well-stocked garage will always have a few cans of engine lubricant nearby.

Flat batteries are a reality. A jumper pack will get it started the first time and the charger will ensure that you get a charge back into it so you won't need to jump it again.

A vise is a critical piece of equipment in your garage. It allows you to grip things tightly and securely while you work on them. For instance, you might want to put a piece of metal you are cutting with a hacksaw into a vise.

Wrenches of all sizes are a critical part of any garage and are essential to tighten and loosen nuts. An adjustable wrench where you can set the size is known as a monkey spanner.

All modern cars have computers that run pretty much everything in the vehicle. When something goes wrong with this computer, having one of these gadgets can not only help identify the problem easier, but can also fix it in many cases.

This tool is particularly useful when working on the valves of an engine. It helps to determine the right height for both the spring and the valve in their chambers.

Hard-to-remove bolts that cannot be turned off the thread can be a problem in a garage environment. Luckily, in times like this, a stud removal tool is just what you need to get the nut off the bolt or even remove the stud itself from where it is anchored.

Allen keys come in an array of sizes and are made to fit small hexagonal-shaped heads. Allen keys are sometimes called hex keys.

Ohm meters are a necessity, especially for any auto electrical work that you might need to carry out in your garage, as they can help to measure electrical resistance.

Many car manufacturers have specialty tools for their car models. These might be needed in a garage environment when working on these specific cars.

A socket set serves much the same purpose as a wrench, but here, you place the socket over the nut and use a socket wrench to tighten or loosen. The advantage here is that it can be used to work on hard-to-reach nuts thanks to extender bars.

Sometimes called a valve lash wrench, this is used when adjusting the valves on an engine. Sometimes this tool also comes with a built-in torque wrench.

Bolts within an engine are crucial. You don't want them coming loose now, do you? This tool helps to stretch a bolt to the tolerance level as instructed by the manufacturer. This torquing process means that the bolt won't come loose during engine operation.

To remove the timing cover of the engine, the dampener must be removed first. This is always an extremely tight fit and needs a specific tool to remove.

A flashlight is crucial in a garage environment and sheds some light in any area you may be working on. One that straps to your head is best, as it leaves your hands free.

This tool is used to measure the distance between two opposing sides of a particular object. They have any number of uses when working on a car engine.

A good set of cleaning brushes can be used throughout your workshop on a number of different things, including keeping an engine spic and span.

Thread sealant can be used instead of thread tape and pipe dopes. This sealant is specifically formulated for metal and makes sure any threads are sealed, safe and secure.

Engine parts, particularly on old engine rebuilds, need to be cleaned. The best way to do this is by simply soaking them and then cleaning them in a part washing container.

Many oil filters are turned into place by hand and then tightened using an oil filter wrench. These also help remove older filters that might have become stuck in place due to the heat of the engine over time.

Also known as an air gun, this uses compressed air to spin and is the quickest way to attach or remove nuts.

Is there an auto doctor in the house? These stethoscopes included a long point probe, perfect for placing at points throughout the engine to listen for problematic sounds.

A nut splitter is a great way to loosen nuts, screws or bolts that have become tricky to turn or loosen. It the nut still won't loosen, the splitter can be tightened until the nut breaks in half. Then you simply need to replace it.

Zip ties are a great way to keep pipes, wires and leads together. For example, keep the high-tension leads between the spark plugs and distributor cap neat and tidy by using zip ties to bind them together.

Similar to an Allen key, a torx bit will fit a specially shaped head on a range of bolts. They are easily identified by their six-point star shape.

Pliers are one of the first tools in any toolbox and can be used in a number of situations. You may even have a range of different pliers including a long-nosed one.

A good screwdriver set is never out of place in a garage. Make sure you have a range of different kinds from regular, to Philips to Robertson just to name a few.

Adhesive tape or duct tape as we know it, was first invented in 1942. It is a must have around the garage and can be used in many situations. What would we do without it?

This long bar is non-racheting and used to turn very stubborn nuts as the length allows more torque to be generated through an extended leverage.

A utility knife is very sharp but can be used in many garage situations to cut a variety of things. This should be one of the first tools in your toolbox.

These saws are used when you want to cut a piece of wood across the grain.

Engines are heavy. When removed from a vehicle, they need somewhere to stand without the chance of falling and getting damaged. An engine stand will do the job perfectly.

Feeler gauges are to measure gap widths, most notably in spark plugs. For example, too large a gap width means the spark plug will not fire properly.

A simple flat board with wheels that lets you scoot anywhere you need to while checking under a vehicle. This is particularly useful if you do not have a vehicle lift.

Drip pans help keep the floor of your workshop clean. Engines are filled with various fluids and when taking them apart, these will drip onto the floor. A drip pan helps you to keep control of the mess.

- A hydraulic floor jack is the perfect way to quickly raise a car from one side.

A socket extension allows you to reach in difficult areas within the engine to loosen bolts or nuts. It also provides leverage so you can turn bolts that may be stuck.

A circuit test will see if a certain electrical system is forming a closed circuit and therefore working correctly.

Car lifts help raise the car off the ground and allow mechanics to check underneath the engine with ease.

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