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How tight is 100ft lb by hand?

bakground story, had a ****ing nail in a tire today driving to gym. I had to put a spare tire on at a gas station.... The only tool i have is the factory lug wrench and jack. I just want to be sure my day doesnt get any worse. Im 161lb but pretty strong, i tighten it down with two hand and bouce on it with my body force alittle to get it tight. I think it should suffice.
 

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Only way to gauge that is with experience and I can't think of any possible way to tell you over the internet . no offense but that's like asking how hard do I have to squeeze my testicles before they hurt.

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Lol. I would suggest a torque wrench to know for sure.
 

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You can find coupons in car magazines and on the internet to get these for $9.95. I just got the 1/2" one yesterday to add to my 3/8 drive one.

1/2" Torque Wrench

Like most items at Harbor Fright they either work OK out of the box, or they fail right away; so test any of their items out right away when you get them. Otherwise get a quality $80 item.

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It is smart to use a torque wrench but if you don't have one just tighten them as much as you can really unless your a beast lol
 

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If you are a diy person do yourself a favor and invest in a decent quality torque wrench.

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How tight is 100ft lb by hand?
You can gently step on the wrench and give it a bounce or two after you tighten it as tight as you can by hand. Assuming your about 160-180 those two bounces should be close to 80-90lbs.

Then drive up to autozone and borrow their torque wrench.


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It's pretty simple. 100 pounds at 1 ft. That's 100 foot-pounds. Your wrench is pretty close to 1 ft. If you weigh 200 pounds, just put 1/2 your weight on it :)
Or go till it's tight, + 1/4 turn :) lol


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With my 18" bar, pretty hard. With my 26" bar, not quite as hard.


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bakground story, had a ****ing nail in a tire today driving to gym. I had to put a spare tire on at a gas station.... The only tool i have is the factory lug wrench and jack. I just want to be sure my day doesnt get any worse. Im 161lb but pretty strong, i tighten it down with two hand and bouce on it with my body force alittle to get it tight. I think it should suffice.
 

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just tighten by hand as hard as possible without feeling like you will break it. stomping on it should be a last resort because you may over torque and then you will have an even bigger problem.
 

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You can gently step on the wrench and give it a bounce or two after you tighten it as tight as you can by hand. Assuming your about 160-180 those two bounces should be close to 80-90lbs.

Then drive up to autozone and borrow their torque wrench.


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By bounces I meant and should have clarified using one foot on the wrench while one foot is still on the ground and you give it a slight bounce. Not standing with your whole weight.

But yeah over torquing is bad. Thus as long as its snug you can safely drive at local speeds to the nearest shop or autozone and ask for help.


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