Maybe you’ve always wondered what the difference between a clavo and a square head socket was. You may be unfamiliar with these terms and have no idea what they mean or how to apply them in a given situation. If this describes you, you’ve come to the right place. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about square head sockets, clavos, and how to utilize them in various construction and repair tasks. Let’s get started!
A square head socket is a tool used for turning square-head bolts. Each of the square head socket’s four corners has been rounded off to allow for rotation in any direction. You can also use it with a ratchet wrench or breaker bar to loosen stubborn fasteners. The Spanish name for nail is “clavo,” and typical clavos resemble long, thin screwdrivers. Clavos are a type of nail that has a square head instead of a round head. You can use them instead of screws when you need your creation to be less flimsy. In order to achieve a flat surface on the board, the clavo is square in shape. These are also perfect for nailing boards together. To properly use clavos, any gaps between the parts being joined must be closed.
Square head sockets are used in a variety of situations, but they’re not interchangeable with other types of sockets. To effectively tighten or loosen a fastener on a flat surface, a square head socket is the finest tool to use. If you need to tighten an antique nut or bolt that doesn’t have a square hole, use a clavo with a square head socket. Square head sockets are more durable and less prone to fall off the bolt or break than round or deep sockets. Don’t pound on your clavos too violently, or they’ll bend. This can make it difficult for the nail to pierce through.
When hammered into wood, clavos tend to shatter the surface instead of going in easily like other nails. In order to prevent this from happening, there is a technique called kicking that one can do before hammering in a clavo: use your foot to gently push the point of the nail into the surface so that when you hammer it down, you’ll have a better chance at avoiding splitting. When working with smaller surfaces like wooden boards, round-head screws work better because they can go further without having to be turned so many times.
In order to keep your square head socket in great form, I recommend the following: When the socket gets dirty and greasy, just rinse it out with some hot water. To keep the socket from rusting, oil its inner surface. Make sure the socket’s edges don’t bump into anything solid, as this can cause cracks.