Tool (n) - 1. A mechanical device intended to make a task easier, 2. equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade, 3. Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means

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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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What should I look for when choosing a stud finder?

Stud finders are notoriously unreliable at finding studs; some will indicate a "rapidly shifting network of hundreds and hundreds of studs". Is there a way to determine before purchase that a ...
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Troubleshooting a circular saw that quit working

I have a circular saw that quit working for no obvious reason. I cut a board and sat the saw down to get another board. When I tried to cut the next board, the saw wouldn't work. Pull the trigger ...
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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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Tighten 1 1/2 nut under the sink

I just installed my new peerless kitchen faucet. I used my hand to tight the hex nut because the space is pretty small.(I think that the size is 1 1/2) It is temporary. I tried Basin Wrench and ...
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How do I tune a Bandsaw so the blade doesn't drift?

I just bought a 9-inch Delta bandsaw and I know there are some things you have to do to get it tuned right so the blade doesn't drift etc., but I have no idea what those are. What are some tips I ...
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What type of brush to use with polyurethane?

I used this brush and got good results but I was wondering if there is even better. Are there brushes that are made specifically for polyurethane?
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What are the differences between SDS, SDS Plus, and SDS Max drills?

Basically I had to use a breaker last weekend, it was clear I did not need the “heavy duty” as I did not have 6” of solid concrete, but the descriptions of the other options confused me.
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Can I use a nailer with a higher consumption than my compressor's SCFM rating?

Can I run a pneumatic nail gun with a consumption of 4 SCFM max on a small portable 1HP compressor with a SCFM rating of about 3 SCFM @ 90psi? What about tools that with higher SCFM consumption say 5 ...
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How do I avoid injuries working with a table saw? [closed]

What are the most common mistakes newcomers make? Is there a safer alternative to a table saw?
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Staggered Barn Doors

I am looking to build two sets of barn doors for an open closet location that is approx 12-14 with a divider in the middle approx 4 feet, and then another open location that is approx 12-14 feet. I ...
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Cutting out shapes inside cement board

I need to cut out a shape (rectangular opening) inside a cement board. Was wondering if it can be done with a jigsaw and a special blade once I have pilot holes drilled in each corner.
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What sort of driver works the center screw in this hinge?

This door does not like to latch; to latch it I must pull sharply up on the doorknob. So I see a shim in my future. I suppose I need to unscrew the bottom hinge, but what sort of screw-driver does ...
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Confused: Obscure Pliers

What are these pliers called and what are they used for?
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Most important features when selecting a tile saw?

I am looking to invest in a tile saw that will get a fair amount of daily use. Which features are something I should look for when selecting such a tool (i.e. blade size, cleanup, traveling distance ...
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What is this digging tool called?

A plumber came out to my house yesterday and had this tool on his arsenal which was basically a 3 or 4 ft long thin (1/2") fiberglass pole with a metal tip on the bottom and a handle on top which ...
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How to strip sheath off outdoor cable?

I am looking for a way to remove the protective sheath from a length of multicore mains electrical cable. It's rated for outdoor use and is VERY strong. Without butchering my fingers; trying to fine ...
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What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the ...
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Home tool for making wood edge slots?

I have some planks and would like to make a wooden plate. So far I've seen this done by connecting the planks together but they've always had these prepared edges which hopefully the two images will ...
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Need advice on air compressor for home use

I'm in the market for a cheap air compressor. I need it for the occasional spray painting of furniture, inflating and switching of tires. I've been looking at this air compressor: The specs of the ...
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Tiny screws/bolts/other fastener - what is it and how do I get it out?

dont know what these fasteners are or how to remove them. Some kind of bolt i think. Bolt head is totally smooth and round. Screws into a circular receptical with a tiny circular divit. Can't figure ...
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Will a rusty tool or bolt lying with other tools or bolts induce them to rust as well?

I have a toolbox with a bunch of tools in it. In addition, I have a large plastic box where I keep all my bolts and nails in a disarray. Some of the bolts are a little rusty, and some of my tools ...
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Hanging Large Framed Prints on Plaster

What REALLY works for hanging pictures on old plaster walls--the kind with cement not too far beneath a skim coat of the white stuff (technical term). I bent four nails "specifically designed" to ...
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How to unscrew this uncommon type of screw?

The staircase light next to my flat broke down and I would like to fix it. The ceiling lamp is pictured below: I have a problem with unscrewing the screw. The screw is of rather peculiar shape with ...
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How to determine level of rust inside air compressor chamber(s)?

I've had my Makita MAC2400 about 8 years now, used it mostly indoors for remodeling and some in my shed for auto repairs. I've never drained condensed water from the inside until a friend showed me ...
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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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Which way should the water separator be fitted to an air compressor?

I bought a water separation filter for my new compressor. The water separator didn't come with any good documentation. Here's what came in the pack: A diagram on the packaging: The device: The ...
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Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working

Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working,I guess its probably short circuited.How can I repair it by myself? What all tools do I need?
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how to drill a 2 1/2 in by 5 in long hole in wood?

I am wanting to make my own tiki torches, by drilling a hole 2 1/2 in wide by 5 inches deep in the end of a small log. I can't seem to find spade bits any bigger then 1 1/2 in, and nothing long ...
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Can cutting pressure treated wood harm my saw blade?

Should I take time to clean my circular saw blade after cutting pressure treated lumber? Since fasteners other than stainless steel or galvanized can corrode when used in pressure treated wood, is it ...
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Tool for tightening an anchor bolt

After my first encounter with sleeve anchor, I think I need a good tool to tighten the nut. May I know what is best tool? I bought a standalone M10 ratchet wrench but is there a tool that add more ...
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What's the difference between Husky brand and HDX brand? [closed]

At Home Depot I have noticed the advertising of HDX products lately that are really low price items including tools and other household things. As far as I knew Home Depot already had their own ...
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DYNAMO METER FOR BAND SAW

I AM GOING TO USE DYNAMO METER FOR BAND SAW, SO WHAT WOULD BE MAXIMUM FORCE OCCUR ON BAND SAW. Sir i have tried to formulate theoretical force measurements, but could not make it. so i require Maximum ...
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how to remove plastic stuck inside core drill bit

I use a 1/4" diamond tip core drill bit to make holes in the bottom of bowls to use them as plant pots with drainage. I bought the diamond core drill bit to drill ceramic bowls, however I also used ...
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How do I take the case off my Makita finish sander?

How do I take the case off my Makita finish sander (BO4550Z)? I took the 4 screws out and it isn't seperating
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What is the name for a drill bit that makes conical holes?

What is the drill bit on the far left hand side of the machine in the first picture? I believe it cuts holes shaped liked those in the second picture, which is something I'm trying to achieve. Is it ...
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How do I achieve required torque when using an impact driver?

There's such tool called impact driver (like this one for example). The manual says it uses a special mechanism to produce a series of torque impulses to fasten/loosen nuts and screws. The tool has ...
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What is the easiest way to “detect” electrical installations (wires in wall)

I'm starting to redecorate a small flat soon, and would like to make some changes as to the electrical installations in it (would like to install pipes for some cables, if possible; would like to ...
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How do I drill holes for “cam nuts”?

The manuals I've seen for (cheaper) furniture refers to a cam nut and a cam bolt. Examples of them can be seen for purchase on Amazon. I've recently decided I'd like to build my own desk and believe ...
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Safety with Dremel 8050 Rotary tool [closed]

As of July 6, 2015: Dremel model 8050 cordless Lithium Ion 8 V Rotary Tool has been pulled and is no longer available for purchase at Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon. Dremel Customer service advises "do ...
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How to cut thick felt carpet pad?

We are installing carpeting and purchased felt pad for it. Using a utility knife, though, even changing the blades frequently, we are having a really hard time cutting it. Is there a tool, ...
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What are the primary differences between air paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers?

I have an upcoming project where I'm going to need to be painting 7 interior doors and a few hundred feet of trim. Next summer I'm likely going to also have to start restaining the exterior of the ...
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How can I remove a screw driver bit that is stuck in the chuck of my drill motor?

Go ahead and laugh.... Does anyone know how to release this little screw driver bit from the chuck? Pulling the chuck out to release doesn't work and I can't grab it with pliers. Any suggestions ...
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What unpowered bladed tool can make deep beveled cuts in sheet material?

I can use a tablesaw the bevel the edges of a sheet of material. I can use a circular saw or jig saw with a bevel attachment to make similar cuts in the middle of the sheet instead of the edges. If I ...
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Can you deburr copper pipes with a fitting brush?

Probably a stupid question, but I'm trying to learn how to solder copper pipes and am gathering all the tools I might need. I currently have a fitting brush like this one, but wasn't sure if it would ...
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How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?

How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface? (eg. in a tight corner; a 90 degree angle.) The power drill bit is offset a little by design, and I don't want to drill at an ...
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What does a slow beep mean from a Klein non contact tester?

I am using a Klein non contact voltage detector and when the power is switched on I get a fast steady beep. And when I switch the breaker off I get a slow beep. Does this mean I am safe to cut the ...
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What should I consider when selecting an air compressor for the garage?

I was thinking to buy an air compressor and place it in my garage. I hate to look for change when i am at the gas station and i usually end up spending more than usual as some idiot has parked his car ...
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Cutting depth of a Jig Saw

I'm looking at getting a hand held Jig Saw like the Bosch 150 CE because it has the longest cutting depth 15cm(6"). I'm wanting to do some end notching on 150mm x 150mm lumber. For example: What ...
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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 ...