A wedge socket is a type of hardware used to connect objects to a wire rope. They may be used to fasten wire to the ground, or to connect a hook or similar lifting mechanism to the end of the wire. These hardware devices are often found in lifting and hoisting operations, and may also be attached to cranes or wrecking balls. The wedge socket allows for quick and easy connections, yet also allows crews to disconnect the wire as needed. These connectors must be used according to manufacturer's instructions to ensure loads are safely supported at all times.