Also a question about torque wrenches. I was given 3 of these, 1 being the
standard craftsman in foot lbs and 2 others which measure in inch pounds.
These are smaller and could be more convienent to use. Is there a way to
convert from foot lbs to inch lbs?
Foot-pounds and inch-pounds are much like they sound. The torque is measured
in a force (pounds) applied at a distance (feet or inches). If you apply a
one pound force at the end if a one foot moment arm (or wrench), that's one
foot pound (force times moment arm). The conversion from foot-pounds to inch-
pounds is the same as feet to inches; a factor of 12. Therefore, one foot-
pound is the same as 12 inch-pounds.
You will probably find that the smaller inch-pound torque wrenches, while
easier to use, won't have the capacity for larger jobs like fly wheel bolts.
Be careful not to exceed the capacity of the torque wrench, you could damage
the wrench and lose the calibration.
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