Simple, yet vital

Dear Home Ec 101:

This is embarassing, but I can never remember which way to tighten a bolt.

~A nut with more than a few loose screws

Heather says:

Don’t be ashamed.  If you have never been shown, how could you know?  There is a simple rhyme to keep things straight:

Lefty loosey, righty tighty. 

Whether using a screw driver or wrench, you will always turn the handle toward your left hand, counter-clockwise, to loosen a screw or bolt.  To tighten, simple turn toward your right hand in the clockwise direction.


  1. Stephen Inconel on August 15, 2008 at 4:58 am

    It’s when I’m reaching over the back of something that I get it wrong!

  2. Investment Property Minnesota on January 16, 2008 at 5:20 am

    As you can tell by my name I have investment properties – and the other day I was installing a faucet in one of them.

    I kept reminding myself of this pithy saying, but when you’re underneath a sink things can turn around and just when you think you’re loosening a nut, it turns out that you’re actually tightening it! :^)

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  4. Pam on July 24, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Righty tighty…..lefty loosey…..easy to remember….Pam south Bend