6612Views7Replies

Author Options:

Can I use a 7mm socket instead of a 1/4 inch socket? Answered

Is 7mm close enough to 1/4 to work correctly?

Discussions

0
None
lemonie

Best Answer 10 years ago

You can use oversize sockets with an insert, that is cut a strip of steel from a can & fold it to the 1/4" size, insert into socket. If you've got a lot of torque to pull on it I wouldn't advise it, light loading is fine. L

0
None
imrealldum

10 years ago

Thanks everyone!

0
None
Re-design

10 years ago

In an emergency I've used a file to reduce the nut to 6mm or whatever socket I had.

0
None
Kryptonite

10 years ago

The other comments cover it really, but I guess if you just asked around at different stores they might sell in inches.

0
None
kelseymh

10 years ago

To really do that, you'd need a 6.35 mm socket. So, if your nut is already worn down, a 6mm would work. With a 7mm, you're likely to chip or wear down the corners of the nut, because it will be too loose a fit.

0
None
orksecurity

10 years ago

Try it. If it fits, and fits tightly enough, it will work. If it's too loose, you risk rounding off the corners of the nut or bolt-head or whatever.

0
None
seandogue

10 years ago

All depends on the nut. sometimes they're worn enough, sometimes they're not.