Step 1 Learn the Anatomy of your Wrench
Learn the anatomy of your wrench. A standard adjustable wrench is made up of a contoured handle with a grip. This grip is often rubberized to help you keep a firm handle on your wrench even in difficult work situations. A hanger hole that allows you to attach your wrench to pegboard or any other storage solution in your garage will also be present at the back end of the handle.
At the head of the wrench, you'll find the adjustable jaw and the fixed jaw. Just as it sounds, one moves while the other stays stationary. This is what allows you to tighten your grip on a nut, bolt or other fastener.
The gap between these two jaws is referred to as the span. You can set the span and tighten or loosen your wrench via the recessed thumbscrew just below the two jaws.