Allen keys work like most other screwdrivers and wrenches but with a few nuances. You can use them by placing one of the ends inside a fastener with a hexagonal socket head and turning it. Turning the Allen key clockwise will tighten the fastener, whereas turning it counterclockwise will loosen or remove the fastener.
You can check our instructional video on How to use the Allen keys correctly or follow the tips below:
1. Using an Allen Key Correctly
- Pick the right size of Allen Wrench Key Head.
- Make sure to insert the Allen key completely inside the bolt head.
- Always use the Allen keys at a right angle (90 degrees) when turning either way.
- Rotate the Allen key gently to avoid any damage to the screw heads.
- If the screw is too tight and cannot be moved, soak the screw head in alcohol for 15-20 minutes and then try again.
2. How to Prevent Stripping Screws
- Recommended tool: T-Bar Allen keys for their design and functionality.
- The T-handle design offers a more comfortable grip compared to the standard L-shaped hex key.
- It can provide significantly increased torque, given a high gauge hex wrench, as the additional weight of the T-handle serves as a counterbalance.
- The counterbalance helps seat the tool more firmly and securely in the fastener's head, enhancing overall performance.
Always make sure to be patient when using Allen keys to unscrew any screws. If you have stripped your screws, we would recommend checking out our article here on how to remove the stripped screws.