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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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Ryobi 18v. Lithium says fully charged but no energy

Recently I was using a Ryobi cordless drill to work on some drainage equipment. Unfortunately it caused a spill and a little water got on me and the drill. I did not think it was a lot of water (and I ...
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What part is faulty when a pneumatic nail gun does not leak any air, is not jammed, but does not fire?

I have a Porter Cable DA250C (15ga angle finishing nailer). Worked fine yesterday until it just stopped. The gun does nothing at all when the trigger is depressed. It is not jammed. The piston is ...
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Are off-brand framing nails compatible with my Craftsman nailer?

I have a Craftsman Clipped Head Angle Framing Nailer (28 degrees) Model No. 351.181790. They don't appear to stock the specific nails for this gun anymore. Which according to the manual are: 18351 ...
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Should a power drill or impact driver be used to drive screws?

Pretty straight-forward. I thought it was absolutely normal and acceptable to use a power drill, with the appropriate bit(s), to drive a screw. However, there seem to be various opinions on the ...
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How can I safely sand a small, thin item with a belt/disc sander?

I have small, thin items measuring roughly 4"x2" with a depth of only .33". I need to sand the back of them down evenly, and have been using a belt sander to do so. However, I'm a little nervous about ...
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Is there a Dremel attachment for removing Gorilla Glue?

I find myself having an on-off love affair with Gorilla Glue but can't quite commit to it. It's the mess due to the foaming behaviour during cure. I try to glue small things together with it and ...
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DeWalt Hammer Drill D25023 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

The Drill does not rotate but the hammer works. Is this something a DIY'er can take apart & fix? The drill is almost new so there is very little, if any, wear on the intermal parts. The front end ...
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What can a Dremel tool do that a drill cannot?

I'd like to understand: what is the point of a Dremel tool? I know that there are many Dremel accessories that are indeed useful, but why should I have to get the tool itself? Couldn't the whole ...
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Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?

Many times I used a chisel to cut off a hard-to-reach piece of lumber, I was wishing I had an adequate blade for my 4.5" grinder, as I don't own an oscillating tool. Why is it hard to find? Is it ...
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Pneumatic die grinder or electric rotary tool

Between a pneumatic die grinder: and an electric rotary tool: What are the advantage/disadvantage between using each one? Also, which has more torque?
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What is the difference between an impact driver and an impact wrench?

Obviously impact drivers and impact wrenches are designed for different purposes, but since they both work on the same principle is there some overlap? Is a small cordless impact wrench just a ...
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Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?

Assume 100 ft lb on the socket for impact driver and 300 ft lb on the socket for impact wrench, what's appropriate for driving 3" lag screws? Would an impact wrench break the screw? If the torque is ...
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Starting to build up my tools collection, is 110v preferable over 240v?

I am just starting out on my first major project this weekend and I am looking at getting some new tools. I've had experience using plenty of 240v power tools, but now that I am looking at getting my ...
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How do I remove the carbon brush holders from my HD 77 Skil saw?

How do I remove carbon brush holders from a Skil Saw model HD-77 ? I have removed the set screws from the casing that retain the brush holders. The The motor casing is split to view the holders ...
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What do the numbers on a cordless drill mean?

I have a Hitachi cordless drill: You can turn the gray numbered part to switch between, hammer drill, drill and screwdriver mode. The screwdriver mode is numbered up to 22. Can someone explain ...
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Are there any cordless power tool systems that offer a corded option?

Are there any cordless powertool systems (e.g., drills, drivers) that have a corded battery option (i.e., an adapter that fits where the battery would normally go that can be plugged in)? I've used ...
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Can I run a pressure washer without detergent in the tank?

I've read through two manuals on two different pressure washers and neither of them actually say flat out that you must not run the pressure washer with the detergent tank being empty. They both say ...
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When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill?

Or vice-versa. As best as I can tell, the impact driver is very good for most any type of screw going through wood. When would you use a drill (with screw bit) instead?
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How can I test if my powertool is getting enough electricity?

Suppose I bring a powertool over to a community center (or a relative's home) to volunteer on a project. How can I determine if my tool is getting enough electricity (supposing other loads on the ...
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Why won't my circular saw blade tighten on the spindle?

The blade on my Craftsman circular saw will not tighten down and consequently slips on the spindle. I've tried packing the bolt with a washer and it didn't help. Can't find anything online so this ...
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fencing and siding coil nailers: magazine capacity and choosing compatible nails

I need a coil nailer that can take 15-degree ring-shank 1-1/2" stainless steel cedar shingle nails. I have never used a coil nailer and have some very basic questions about choosing compatible nail ...
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Why does my circular saw motor turn but the blade does not?

I have a McKellar circular saw. I was ripping up some old pallets for firewood. and thought the blade had jammed. I stopped, took the blade out of the work and tried again and the motor goes and the ...
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What is a good way to cleanly cut through steel?

What tools can I use to get a clean cut through thin steel? Specifically, I have several mini beer kegs I need to cut the bottoms out of. I don't mind it taking a while, but my cuts are jagged (easy ...
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Do you need to oil the bushings in a doweling jig?

I got a second-hand doweling jig with no directions. It just seems wrong to spin a drill bit inside the bushing without some lubrication. I found several sites that don't say anything then one that ...
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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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How can I cu a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together?

I am in the process of trying to figure out how to cut out a heart shape from wainscoting that has been nailed together. I want to leave the nailed wainscoting in tact. What power tool should I use? ...
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How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?

I recently bought a Bosch PSB 500 RE power drill and already I kinda screwed up the machine. The chuck is keyless, consisting of two parts which I'll refer to as the head and the base. You would ...
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Why did my angle grinder die?

I was recently using a Bosch angle grinder but it had been 'sputtering' intermittently; and then during one session, taking the burrs off an edge, it slowed down and just stopped. Now it won't turn ...
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What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?

For the most part my hedge trimmer was doing a really great job. I did have a little trouble with the thicker stems, so I would swing the trimmer at the stems while cutting, which helped. However, a ...
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How can I fix the guard on my mitre saw?

I've owned an Evolution Rage-3 mitre saw (http://www.evolutionpowertools.com/uk/build/rage3.php) for about fifteen months. About a week ago the guard that covers the blade started to stick, and now it ...
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Corded vs Cordless Drill [duplicate]

I have the intension of buying a Drill, At shops, I see the corded and cordless Types, Although the cordless drill is more handy and portable, I always have a little doubt about that it's ...
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Can you use a power drill with the exchangeable screwdriver bits on a manual screwdriver?

If not, what is the difference between a screwdriver bit that is designed for a power tool versus the ones that come with a multi-bit screw driver set like these: ...
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Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?

How does the gauge of the chain effect the drive sprocket? I bought a new bar and chain, the pitch is .325, the sprocket is .325 and gauge is .063, but the number of links is 81 instead of 74. Will ...
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Cheap power tools for large number of cuts of aluminium profile lengths

I need to make some 200 cuts of aluminium profiles. Examples of what I'll be cutting: Hollow box profile, 40mm x 40mm x 3mm: 40 pieces of 400mm lengths 12 pieces of 1500mm lengths Hollow box ...
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Can I use a 120 volt 50/60 Hz. tool on a 230 volt 50 Hz. circuit?

I want to get the Dewalt DW660 cut out tool, it has been made for the north american market so it runs on 120 volts. It has the following specs: 120V ~ 50/60 Hz 5 Amps 600 Watts The voltage ...
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Should I rebuild or just replace worn out cordless tool batteries?

I have a couple of older Porter Cable 19.2v Ni-Cd batteries which have worn out. In shopping around for replacements, I've noticed there are a number of businesses which offer to rebuild your ...
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When should I replace a circular saw blade?

Is there a rule of thumb for how often a circular saw blade should be replaced? Is visually inspecting the blade condition enough?
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Does an adapter exist that can convert a rotary tool in a oscillating multi-tool one?

I saw in the Internet a power tool with a proprietary attachment system that can transform the power base in a drill, in a cutter, in a jig saw, in a multi-too and so on... more than 10 different ...
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Gold-standard drill make? [closed]

Craftsman:wrenches as BLANK:power drills What is the gold-standard power drill make? For general purposes/light carpentry.
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As a beginner woodworker, should I buy a table saw or a band saw?

I'm just getting into woodworking and don't have any equipment, not even a bench. As a beginner looking to maybe make anything from small boxes to light furniture, should I buy a table saw or a band ...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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How can I remove the armature on my Porter Cable trim saw?

I have a Porter Cable model 314 trim saw. When using it the other day, it stalled in the cut. Ever since then, it sometimes will not turn on, but you can move the blade just a tad and will turn on. ...
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Can buffing and sanding attachments be used with a fixed speed powerdrill?

Have wondered about this possibility. I've seen some 'As seen on TV' ads where they sell all-in-one DIY power-tool kits which can act as a drill (reversible), power screw in/unscrew, hammer, buffing, ...
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What size drill motor should I buy?

Looking to buy a non-professional (occasional home DIY use) multi-purpose power-drill like the 'Skil' range by Bosche (although I am open to other brand / makes that fit my budget). I have an option ...
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What factors are important when selecting a rotary tool?

I'm fairly new to the DIY scene, so to say that my working knowledge of any power tool is minimal is an understatement! I'm currently embarking on a DIY project that requires cutting acrylic boards, ...
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What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...
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How do I consistently drive drywall screws to the correct depth?

Is there a special technique or tool for consistently placing drywall screws correctly? I'm using a standard Dewalt DWD115K (with no auto-stop mechanism) so I'm usually paranoid of going too deep ...
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How can I replace a NEMA 6-30 cord & plug with a NEMA 14-30 cord & plug?

I recently purchased a used SA-6E compressor from a dive shop I work with. I had to switch out the NEMA 6-30 plug to a NEMA 14-30. This was done with a complete new plug and cable. I connected the ...
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Should I get a keyed chuck for cordless drill?

I am thinking of getting a Milwaukee M18 fuel drill/ driver combo. The drill is insane with 750in-lbf of torque. It comes with a hand tighten chuck though. My other Milwaukee corded screwdriver has ...