How to tighten these nuts?

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    This seems like a very basic question, but I don't know the answer. I can't tighten the nuts using 2 adjustable wenches because I can't grip it tight enough and the angles are weird. What should I use to make this as easy as possible. One wrench, one ratchet/socket?

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    If you're going to do work you need tools. Every man should have a decent set of English and Metric sockets, a set of combination wrenches (box end on one end and open on the other). Kobalt (Lowe's) and Rigid (Home Depot) have a number of interesting combinations available these days.

    Spend a hundred and get a nice set. https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=kobalt+tool+set
     
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    Imperial or metric,, English might get you British Standard Whitworth:hide:
     
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    Those should be torqued to the German spec. 100Goodentites
     
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    Adjustable wrenches should only be used as a last resort. They tend to ruin nuts.
     
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    metric 120 nicentight
     
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    I can see how they could ruin your nuts, but most of the time they ruin my knuckles.
     
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    I have a few socket wrenches and socket sets I've accumulated over the years. For this type of job I'd use two of them: one to hold the nut still and the other to crank the bolt.

    About acquiring tools: a high quality used tool is better than a low quality new one. If I have time I always stop at garage sales to check and see if they're selling any tools or other hardware.
     
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    Some of my favorite and most useful tools came from my fathers tool draw. I sometimes wonder if they're worth anything.
     
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    Yup. When my grandfather turned 92 he suddenly realized he probably wasn't going to get a lot of use out of many of his hand tools/hardware anymore, and he encouraged me to take anything I wanted. I had plenty already and was low on storage space, but he had picked up a lot of cool hand-powered stuff (drills, planes, etc.) from Amish country flea markets over the years, and I brought that home. His old egg-beater drill is my favorite tool, and I use it all the time.
     

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