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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Is it safe to mount a medium-sized air compressor to the floor to stop or limit vibrations?

I have a 220V 6hp 33gal oil-less horizontal air compressor that aside from being noisy rattles all over the floor. Stock Image: I would like to either mount it to the floor or build a small ...
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How to prevent batteries leaking out in devices?

Is there a common method of preventing batteries from leaking out and destroying the device? Why does this happen in the first place? I have laid another head lamp to waste because it was sitting in ...
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What nap roller should I use for primer?

And does it matter, in choosing the nap, what the sheen of paint will be used over the primer? E.g. if I do my bathroom in semi-gloss using 3/8" nap vs living room in flat with 1/2" nap, should I also ...
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How can I tighten a bolt in a circular hole?

I've assembled a set of swings, and am trying to tighten the nuts at the top. The trouble is that they are embedded deep inside a circular hole and I can't get to them with a regular spanner. What ...
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Will a Dremel multipurpose bit cut through 1/2 inch polycarbonate?

Would I be able to use the Dremel multipurpose cutting bit (561) to cut patterns out of 1/2 inch polycarbonate (Lexan)? Dremel "experts" said no but I want to hear other people's opinions. According ...
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What's the difference between Husky brand and HDX brand?

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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How do I sharpen wood lathe tools?

I've had a lathe for about a year now (I have the JET 1442 with variable speed) and love it but noticed that I really suck at keeping a nice sharp edge on my tools. I have a small bench grinder I use ...
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Which tile cutter to use for commercial flooring tiles?

I am putting (vinyl?) commercial flooring tiles in one of my hallways. The product I've seen one guy (pro) use at a supermarket once was this: Now, that baby is $200+. I was wondering whether the ...
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When extending a wrench using a breaker bar, should I connect the two with a spline bit?

Can I use my wrench/spanner which has a box end / 12-point spline, and connect a breaker bar using a 12-point spline bit to it to get extra leverage. Or is it more common to use extending bar/pipe ...
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What type of glue sticks to tiles?

I have some hooks that has a glued surfaced attached to it. They look like this, Image Courtesy: www.dhgate.com I bought a lot of them. Like 50-60. I used them almost everywhere. Mostly in ...
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Why are cordless drill batteries so expensive? [closed]

I bought a combo drill & driver kit recently and I really love it, but it came with "XC" batteries that are 4Ah. I went to buy one of the slim packs because sometimes the large batteries are just ...
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Do electric push activated screwdrivers exist? [closed]

I am looking for a screwdriver. I want it to be powered (electric, cordless). I want it to not be based on a trigger mechanism (in order to reduce repetitive motion strain). I want it to screw (or ...
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How can I disassemble this old bathroom faucet to fix a leak, without damaging the decorative chrome piece?

Update 4: Once I followed Michael's suggestion I was able to remove the cartridge. Closest match was a Moen 1224, 131222. Inlet and outlet were very different, and rotation of valve was much greater ...
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What units are the clutch settings on a drill?

I have tried looking around the internet for an answer - but I can only find articles that explain what the clutch on a drill does. I am very familiar not only with what they do but also with how ...
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Can oscillating multi-tools be used for fitting pattress boxes

I have a bunch of pattress boxes to fit for light switches and plug sockets and was wondering if my oscillating multi-tool could be of any use. I have a Bosch PMF 180 E Multi. Can this be used to cut ...
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Can I use a rotary tool to sharpen knives and other blades?

Anybody used Dremel effectively to sharpen knives and things like chisels and scrapers? What kind of bits are good for that application? Also, what do you call an electromotor that is clamped to a ...
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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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Why can't Bosch Detail Sander be converted as an oscillating tool? [closed]

I recently purchased Bosch 1294VSK. It comes with several adapters for hard-to-reach areas. It moves in an oscillating motion. I contacted their customer service dept to ask if it could be ...
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Where can I find a knife blade with no handle? [closed]

I would like to make a nice wooden handle for a knife, but I do not have the means of cutting out a blade shape from scratch. Where are some places I could look, or some search terms for a knife ...
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What are “concretors' nippers” for?

I came across this tool called "concretors' nippers" I guess they are for some operations with concrete reinforcement, but can't find any details. What operations is this tool for specifically? ...
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How to choose between chrome-coated and oxidation-treated tools?

How do I choose between a chrome-coated (nice and shiny) and an oxidation-treated (dark oxidized surface) tool, all else being equal - same steel, same design, same handles, just one has its metal ...
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How can I prevent a screw from slipping on a slippery veneer surface when I try to screw it in?

When using a screwdriver this can be difficult as the screw tends to slip. Once the screw passes the veneer it is easy to finish screwing in... I'm looking for an easy way to get the screw past the ...
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What is the difference between a ball/pin detent and friction ring impact wrench?

I have been looking into getting an impact wrench for my car and I have noticed that any given model (at least the one I am looking at) has two versions. One version has a ball to keep the socket ...
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Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?

I want to use these lugs on my electrical installation, but I can only find pliers for up to 16 mm2 cables and the mains cables are 25 mm2. I found one store that carried pliers able to do up to 50 ...
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How do I choose more durable screwdriver bits?

I recently bought a $35 cordless screwdriver that came in a suitcase with screwdriver bits. I was in shock when the Pozidriv bit splintered after screwing only 3 1-inch screws in the leg of an ...
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What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper?

I have been using this wire stripper for a while, but I have always wondered what was the purpose of those holes in the center and above LOOP, and those teeth on the handles.
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What is the life expectancy of a ratchet strap?

During my house move I used ratchet straps to secure a book-shelf on a roof of my car. That was well secured and worked out perfect. But the second time I have tried using the same straps, they did ...
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What is the purpose of this Y shaped bit?

I have bought a bits set and there is this bit: It is a Y shaped bit, and there is a groove on the inside of the branches. The angle is approximatively 90˚ (a little more).
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How do I make a Liquid-level-indicator for an overhead sintex water tank

I have a 5000 ltr overhead tank atop a 20 meter tower. I wish to make a liquid level indicator, mechanical type, which would indicate to me the liquid level therein the tank, as the tank is made of ...
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What should I consider when buying a USB inspection camera? [closed]

I have a slow leak in a stud wall; I know it is coming from 1 of 3 pipes. I can replace any of the pipes without breaking into the wall; however I need a way to find out which pipe is leaking. I ...
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How do I fix a Bostitch nail gun that is jammed?

I have a Bostitch nail gun (pneumatic) and it has been working fine all day until about 30 minutes ago. I went to nail in a piece of molding, and when I pulled the trigger I heard air feed into ...
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Are cheap electric brad nail guns worth it for fixing mouldings?

I am thinking of creating some doors out of MDF that will have moldings fixed to their fronts, these will be glued on. I could try to clamp them somehow until the glue sets, but that sounds like a ...
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What is the pointed end of a spud or construction adjustable wrench used for?

I saw one of these at Lowe's the other day and was just wondering what the pointed end is used for. I have seen it called a "construction" wrench and a "spud" wrench.
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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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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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How do I caulk where a caulk tube won't fit?

I've got some door moldings that are about 1 inch from the adjacent wall. A caulk gun won't begin to get in there, and pivoting the caulk tube up so it's nearly parallel to both walls still doesn't ...
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How to drive a nail in a confined space?

I keep finding myself needing to hammer nails in places where my hammer is too long to actually make the hammer head contact the nail. This isn't a situation where I need the leverage provided by the ...
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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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What can these bits work on?

I wonder on what kinds of things the second, third and fourth bits from the left can work? What kinds of things can the fifth and sixth bits from the left work?
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How do I get the most torque out of a spanner?

Recently I tried to get extra torque out of a spanner when unscrewing a bicycle pedal by lengthening the spanner with a piece of pipe and the spanner just broke apart. I realize that this was ...
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Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?

I am about to run a whole ton of communication cable in an existing two-story house, and so I am considering buying an inspection camera to help with this. As I started looking around, they range in ...
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What are the names of these tools?

I wonder what names are for all these tools in the picture? How are they used and what are they used for?
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What is the best tool to grind down a smaller metal rod?

I am building this workbench and I have decided to recess the nut and washer inside the top of the bench, so that I won't cut/scape myself while I'm leaning up against it. Now my issue is that the ...
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How do I dig a 3 foot deep narrow trench in soft clay

I need to dig a 3 foot trench in soft clay to put in a new water pipe. If I use I drain spade to dig it about 16cm ( 6 inches) wide will I have enough space to do the digger? Is there a better ...
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How to stop a circular saw from locking?

I've been using my new circular saw for about a week. Today while making a plunge cut it just locked. It didn't get stuck on anything inside the board and it consistently locked every time I tried to ...
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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?

When I get stuff for DIY projects, I regularly use rope to tie it all down to my trailer. When I coil up a rope for storage I wind it around my palm and elbow (on the same arm) then use the last ...
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Inferring wire gauge from cable size

Is there any way to infer the gauge of the wires inside an NM cable from the size and shape of the cable? I reckon a round cable is generally -/3 W/G and a flatter cable -/2 W/G, but I do not know how ...
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Socket wrench: Is there an advantage of a 3/8“ drive over a 1/4” drive?

I notice that socket wrenches come in a variety of sizes. For homeowners and DIYers, it's common to see socket wrenches which come in two sizes: a 3/8" drive, 1/4" drive and sometimes 1/2". The 3/8" ...
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Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?

I'm wondering when should we choose a screwdriver. Can it be used to put screws in wood, concrete or metal without drilling a hole? If we need to drill a pilot hole anyway, why don't we just use ...