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 remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Advantages of spray vs roller system for painting a flat

I'm getting ready to start renovating an old flat, which for some time had subtenants, then some friends living in it for some time, then subtenants again and so on... It is not in a bad condition, ...
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What is the purpose of the rear end of a roofing hammer?

I am referring to this kind of hammer, also known as a roofing hammer. I understand that the flat end is intended to act as a normal hammer, and the sharp end is intended to pierce holes through ...
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How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?

The description states: Material: 400CC Steel. Googling 400CC Steel shows only shopping offers, not the articles or tables about steels. How do I look up materials? Is it a good tool steel or some ...
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What tool will allow me to make a cutout in the middle of a vertical sheet of cardboard?

On low end furniture such as bookcases and entertainment centers, the backs of them are usually sheets of cardboard nailed on. I have a bookcase with a cardboard back already assembled. I would like ...
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Can I use two ladders to create a makeshift scaffold?

I have a really high stairwell to do walls around (cca 18 ft). Scaffolding is impractical. I had rigged a temporary platform that I used to hang drywall and it worked well but I had to remove it ...
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How to bore a hole from inside the crawlspace?

I need to drop some conduit in my crawlspace and run it under the brick skirting in order to install some conduit. Once outside the skirting, I plan to rent a trencher to do the majority of the run, ...
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Why is my Hoover Pet Cyclonic belt not spinning the brush anymore?

Does anybody have any experience with this particular vacuum or series and can offer me any more explicit things to check than just "is the belt on the brush cylinder" and the like. I'm under the ...
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How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?

How can I make a concrete floor (also using dry shake color hardener) with a proper edge, without using an edge trowel? In Brazil I cannot find an edge trowel anywhere, so I would like to know if ...
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Can I use this hose with my air compressor?

I have the below compressor, and would like to use it for pumping my bike. Does the below hose and gun work with it? And what is the metal button at the end of the gun for?
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streamlined snow shoveling

In my snow removal history, I've used a total of 2 different methods. The first and current method, involves using a normal cheap snow shovel which isn't very effective, strains your back, but makes ...
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What tool do I need to remove this screw?

I'm having trouble identifying this type of screw: it has a small hexagonal hole inset 2-3mm inside the barrel. Will a small hex key suffice or do I need something more specific? (The view from above)...
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What type of squeegee should I use when oiling a floor?

I have a pine wood floor I'm about to oil. The recommended procedure (according to the manufacturer) is: For about 5 boards at a time: Apply oil using a paint roller. Leave it wet for 5-10 minutes ...
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When is it appropriate to use a wood rule rather than a tape measure?

Wood rules and tape measures are similar tools, and I've realized I almost always default to the tape measure. When should I be using a wood rule instead?
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Putting together a tool set for children 8-11 [closed]

One of the many hats I wear is the hat of Bagheera, assistant cub scout leader. I'd like to introduce a project where we build a wooden tool box. But I'd also like to provide the cub scouts with a ...
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Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?

I have a drywall job that I'm struggling to do with my hand tools and circular saw and can see a real need for a Spiral Saw RotoZip type of tool. But it'm not so keen to buy something so specialized ...
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What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?

I have to travel about a quarter mile through the wilderness, carrying a 4x8 each time to get to a remote building location. Some of the terrain can be tricky, otherwise I might fall in the water. Any ...
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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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Finishing nail gun vs impact driver

I'm a new home owner. I need to do some fence work. I want to build some shelves. Do some outdoor landscaping. Fix stuff that needs fixing (the house is more than 25 years old, previous owner jerry ...
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Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this job?...
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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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Types of floats and trowels for concrete

In Brazil there are basically 3 kinds of floats: Steel (in many shapes), used for smooth finish concrete, spreading mortar for tiles, plastering, etc. Wood (rectangular) used for rougher finish of ...
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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [closed]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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Can I realistically replace my drill with a rotary hammer?

I find myself needing to do more and more stucco and concrete chipping work that is suitable for purchasing a rotary hammer. Can anyone here tell me if such tools can entirely replace a normal drill? ...
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Is there a tool to pinpoint an exact location through wood?

I have a wooden roof. I need to drill though it from above, and hit the beams exactly in order to attach something. The edges of the roof are not straight, and it is impossible to find out where ...
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Which way should an internal star lock washer go?

I want to attach a rear basket to my bicycle and I don't know a thing about nuts/bolts. I got a plastic bag full of nuts, bolts, washers, and what I believe (according to what I could find on the ...
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Is there an easier way to remove glued-down hardwood than hammer & pry bar?

In preparation for putting in a new hardwood floor, we've taken the existing laminate out and discovered what appears to be the original parquet hardwood floor underneath. The parquet squares are ...
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What are the must-have features for a Hackspace/Makerspace bandsaw?

I've been tasked with looking into Band Saw models which could be useful for in a Hackspace/Makerspace. This means the saw will be used fairly frequently, by many people, for a wide variety of tasks. ...
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How wide should a workbench top's overhang be to accomodate clamp-on vises and work lamps?

Is 2" (5 cm) of workbench top overhang enough to accomodate most clamp-on vises and work lamps?
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Is there a tool to find a the closest spot on the other side of a wall?

I need to install a water line for a new fridge, and would like to know what is on the other side prior to drilling a hole in the floor - is there any tool which would let me place a "marker" or a "...
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How do I choose a circular saw?

I've made do with hand tools for everything including the rare plywood job for several years now and I want to buy a good circular saw. I will not use it very often, but when I do it will be for ...
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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 tool is a solid metal cube with dimples or half spheres on every side?

My neighbor found this metal tool in a box from his father’s workshop. It's a cube with all sorts and sizes of circles and half spheres on every edge. What is it?
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knob of propane tank was stuck

I used the grill last year, and am planning to replace the propane tank. However, I found that I could not turn the knob. I marked the knob with red color in the following figure. I guess it maybe ...
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Is it possible to reduce the diameter of a drill bit?

I would like to know if it is possible to reduce a drill bit diameter (the body and not the shank). From times to times I need to work with dimensions that are not integer number or half number.... ...
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Are router bit imperfections normal?

I just got my first router and purchased some Freud bits for it. However, I noticed that a few of them have pitting at the base where the cutter joins the shank. Is this normal for router bits, or is ...
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What features should I look for in a small wooden shed for tool storage?

I live in Cambridge, England and I would like to buy a small wooden shed (about 4 meters square) to store my tools and a freezer but as I never bought one before I don't know the important features. I ...
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Is sawdust really that bad for my vacuum cleaner?

My mother (who tends to be right about this stuff) says that using my non-shop-vac to cleanup sawdust will ruin the motor. I recently bought a new, fancy, expensive vacuum cleaner that was really ...
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Exactly measure lumber for cabinetry

I am working on a bookshelf which, due to the way I am building it, requires some of the pieces to be exactly measured to within 1/64th over 4-5 foot lengths. Obviously no yardstick is so accurate. ...
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How can I hold a nut underneath a deck with no clearance while screwing a bolt into it?

I have an existing deck with composite wood planks. My kids bought me a gazebo for my grill that I would like to bolt to the deck. Is there a tool I can use to hold the nut and washer in place under ...
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Wired vs Battery Impact Wrench

I was considering the purchase of a 1/2" electric impact wrench. The first application is to change out an anode rod for an electric water heater. I was looking at some online, and the torque given ...
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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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how can I make a HSS blade thinner?

I have a HSS blade whose size is 200mmx30mmx3mm. For some particular reason, I need to make it thinner to 2mm-2.5mm. Is there any tool or approach that I can use to archive this without too much ...
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What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?

What are the tools that every DIY'er should have? This is a community wiki as there is no one right answer. Instructions: One item per answer (so they can be voted on - answers with multiple ...
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What tool should I use to remove a screw from cramped spaces?

I don't tackle many DIY projects. But when I do, the most frustrating thing is knowing that I'm doing things inefficiently. I watch a YouTube video where the guy says it should take 5 minutes to ...
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Is it worth it to replace the stock blade of a miter saw?

I have heard that the stock blades that come with miter saws are "crap" and that you should replace the blade. I recently bought a normal consumer grade 10" miter saw (a Dewalt DW713) which I plan to ...
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How do I use precision screwdrivers?

I am talking about those small and narrow screwdrivers with a thin handle. I can't get a tight enough grip on the handle to generate enough torque to remove a small screw. Do I have to use something ...
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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 tool is used for this tight plumbing situation?

Our tub drain is severely plugged. Cannot get a snake down into it. Our crawlspace is only about 18" tall (WHY?!?), and due to both the confined space and the angle we cannot leverage the wrench in ...
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How do you break in a new air compressor?

Just got a new craftsman air compressor (33 gal). I have read that it is important to "break in" the unit by running it with the pressurized chamber open (so that there is no load on the motor). How ...