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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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 ...
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how to cut concrete beams/sleepers

I have long (60cm/23") concrete beams that I want to cut to size to build a small garden wall. They are 15cm/6" high. I know there exist heavy cutter tooling to cut through (concrete) tiles, but it ...
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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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Is there any way to replace drill batteries?

We have a great (Porter and Cable) cordless drill but the batteries are no longer commercially available. Amazon has a listing but it's been sold out for the last five years. Do we have any other ...
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What is a good plastic to use for lite milling?

I want to do some lite milling with a drill press and XY vice using plastic. I am looking for a cheap easy to machine plastic. I have dealt with these guys for aluminum, but not plastics. I don't know ...
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How can I make sure my portable toolbox hasn't got any tools missing?

Background I have a big house and I've managed to have tools scattered across the house (basement shop, kitchen, garage (bike tools). I can't, at this time, consolidate them all in one place (no room ...
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“Built-in corrosion inhibition” - Does it work? How?

I recently bought a new toolbox to tame the piles of tools I've acquired for general home maintenance in my first year of home ownership. It's the Kobalt 26" hammer box; good size, sturdy enough for a ...
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How do I know if the canister of silica gel or strips of vapor corrosion inhibitor have lose its effectiveness in absorb moisture?

Usually I put canister of silica gel or strips of vapor corrosion inhibitor in my cupboard (that contains many metal repair tools) to absorb moisture so that I keep the rust at bay. So, How do I know ...
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Is a brad nail gun suitable for attaching pickets to a fence?

I have a large fencing project and I'm thinking about purchasing this nail gun: RIDGID 2-1/8 in. 18-Gauge Brad Nailer: Would this be suitable for attaching pickets to the rails, or is there a ...
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Cutting a Custom Threshold: Best Tool for the Job?

I am in the process of creating a custom threshold to go from a tiled surface down to a carpeted surface. The tile is about an inch above the carpeted floor, so I decided to make a custom threshold in ...
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What size ratchets do I need to assemble some new equipment?

I recently purchased a power rack and various other bits and pieces for the home gym. In the instruction manual the nuts and bolts on the hardware list state the following sizes: 1/2" × 3 - 1/2" 1/2" ...
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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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What is a “Holders/Sujetadores de Sujecion”?

I bought a package of locking peg hooks at Home Depot, along with some pegboard and other assorted stuff. When I got home, I hung up the pegboard. It fit just fine. I then attempted to attach my new ...
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Is there a special name for a 3 foot long drill bit, and where can I buy them?

I'm looking at the websites for our local hardware stores (Rona, Totem, Home Hardware, Home Depot) for a 3 foot long drill bit, but all I'm coming up with is standard bits. The problem is that it's ...
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Why the price differential between a cheap hammer and an expensive one?

Went to my local DIY store last week to get a hammer (somehow managed to lose my tried and tested hammer over the winter). I had a rough idea a new hammer was going to cost me £10 to £15. When I saw ...
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What tool should I buy to cut through very hard plastic?

I have this 55 gallon blue drum that I just picked up from car spa, but the top is not removable. What tool should I buy to remove just the top part of the plastic drum so that I can replace it with a ...
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How do I restore paintbrushes ruined by dried latex paint?

I have had a couple of good natural bristle brushes for several years. I've been careful about cleaning them until now, but a couple months ago I left them in a jar with water "to get back to ...
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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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How can I repair my bench grinder?

Received a relatively old black and decker bench grinder from a relative. It works, mostly. About 50% of the time it powers up but doesn't spin - hand cranking gets it going, whether it starts fine or ...
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How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber?

I have a hand tool - Needle-nose plier that had a rubber that is used as the handle. Currently, I managed to clean up all the rust on the metal and would like to clean up the rubber handle as it is ...
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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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What is the name of this tool? It almost looks like an Allen without the wrench

Any body have any idea what this thing is called?
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Hot air gun / paint stripper for melting plastic

I'm not sure if this is the right kind of question for this site, but I thought that people here are more likely to know the answer. I'm looking for a hot air gun in order to melt plastic - mostly ...
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How do you sharpen a knife?

Just got done sharpening a few knives, and thought it could be useful to post a question about it here. So lets say I have one of these guys. With a coarse stone, a medium stone, and a fine ...
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How can I repair rusty tools?

Should I use sandpaper to clean the rust from the tools (e.g. Needle-nose pliers), or can I soak them in vinegar or lemon juice? Would I be better off just buying new tools (which can be an ...