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 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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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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How do you remove the tip of broken screw extractor bit?

I have a faucet handle with a striped hex socket screw. I tried to take it out with a screw extractor, but the tip broke off in the socket. Is there anyway to get this out, along with the hex head ...
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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 I tighten this screw?

I have a fairly new bathroom suite. The toilet seat has a nifty quick-release hinge which allows you to just press two buttons to take it off for cleaning. Underneath, the hinge assembly is fixed on ...
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Can I use a rusty soldering iron?

I am thinking of getting back into stained glass. One of the projects I want to work on is to fix a stained glass window that has a section with a crack in it. I was given a couple soldering irons ...
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Can oscillating “multi-tools” sand vertical surfaces?

I need to sand some rough spots on our old front door before repainting and am considering buying/using a multi-tool for this task (as well as some tricky flooring and drywall tasks later). What's ...
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What is the minimum drill voltage/power required for a plumbing snake bit?

In particular this one Cobra Products 25Ft Power Drain Snake. Will a 12-volt cordless be strong enough?
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How important is EZSteer feature in a Snow Thrower?

I am in process of purchasing a snow remover/thrower. I have a 2 car driveway, about 1.5 car in length. I am in northeast region and looking at last few years stats, we get 12-14 inches of snow at ...
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What should I keep in mind when building my house myself?

I inherited a piece of land and want to build a house on it. Nothing fancy: one floor, 2-3 rooms. Since I don't really have the money :D to build it "in one go", I'm going to build it over a longer ...
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How do I get started with dovetail joints?

I've never made a dovetail joint before, and I'd like to do things right for my next project. I have the router and table and all that - but I don't have a dovetail jig. The prices vary from $40 to ...
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How can I build a shuffleboard surface that is movable?

My friends and I are planning on building a shuffleboard this weekend. However shuffleboards are pretty long (~16 feet) and moving the full board is going to be a pain. How can we build it so that ...
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How to cut Patio Pavers

I would like to lay patio pavers for a patio in a diagonal fashion. I would like to know what kind of tool I should use to cut the pavers in half. They are about 2" thick, and I'd like to not use ...
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How do I replace an axe handle?

I have an axe with a damaged handle that needs replacing, but I don't know how to do it. What tools and techniques should I use to get the job done?
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Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?

On a tool like a Delta 31-300, what is the advantage of having a disk sanding surface as well as a belt sanding surface? When would you decide to use one or the other?
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What tools would I need to have/borrow/buy to build a table? [closed]

What are the types of tools that I would need to have access to in order to build something like a table from wood?
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Snake drain gun vs compressed gas drain gun vs liquid - which is better for what?

I borrowed a powered snake style drain gun for some toilets and shower stalls, from an HVAC guy who said that liquid drain cleaners were next to useless. The short version is that the drain cleaner ...
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What tool for easily cutting cardboard is child-safe? [closed]

What is a child-safe (for a 10 year old) tool to cut cardboard (~1/4" thick, from a typical cardboard box)? EDIT: I'd like the child (who is fairly responsible) to be able to use this independently ...
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Is it a good idea to spraypaint my axe head?

I saw a YouTube video where someone restores an old axe. After removing the rust and piths, he spray paints the head with black primer. Is this advisable? While it protects the head from water and ...
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Is gun oil worth the cost for oiling an axe compared to alternatives?

I've done some research on axe maintenance and it seems gun oil is the best lubricant for axes. However at approximately $10 for a 4oz. bottle cost becomes an issue if you get a lot of use out of your ...
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Which blade should I use on a Silverline Adjustable Hole Cutter with Cowl?

I just bought this hole cutter to make some large holes in a plaster board ceiling. It comes with two sets of blades but no instructions! So which type blade should I use for plaster board? The ...
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Where can I find a 1/2" bit screwdriver?

I have a 3/8" bit screwdriver but the bolt I need to unscrew is even bigger than that and TIGHT, so using that screwdriver is starting to strip the screw a bit. I can't find a bigger one anywhere ...
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How can I stop primer from eating my roller handles?

Whenever I use primer, it seems like I get about one room's worth of coverage before the roller handle seizes up, so that I'm pushing the roller along the wall instead of rolling it. I'm ...
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Are there any good ways to manage all the different chargers?

My workbench is being invaded by chargers! I have 3 different battery chargers for different power tools, plus a couple of wall warts for simple stuff that plugs in directly. Some of the chargers ...
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What tool would you use to cut through cinder block?

I have a hidden room in my house that I would like to turn into a closet. The room (currently only accessible from the outside through the vent) vents the utility room to the outside. I'm not sure why ...
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Name of tool used to check/make squareness

I urgently need to know the name of this tool. I'm not talking about a try square. It has for pieces of plastic which have inside corners in them, exactly 90 degrees, a piece of string goes around ...
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What are my compact CNC milling machine options for stone carving?

I am looking for suggestions about a small and compact CNC milling machine to sculpt decorative figures in metal and stone plates. I have no experience with such machines (I once saw an industrial one ...
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refractometer instead of hydrometer for battery testing?

some one pointed out to me that there is a better and more accurate way, as he says, to measure the specific gravity of my lead-acid battery then the simple hydrometer. he suggested some thing like ...
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“Bendy” screwdriver

I've got some screws right next to the geyser and there’s no space to get a screwdriver in. I'm guessing they were originally inserted before the geyser was installed. Is there such a thing as a ...
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Building a mechanical Clock

this is probably off topic as it's not "home improvement", but still, it's DIY, so, here it goes: I want to build a mechanical clock. I've read technical things about how they work, this is not my ...
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Is it ok to use pneumatic tools underwater

I have a concrete that is stuck underwater. The concrete piece is too heavy. I think that I could break it into small pieces with my pneumatic impact drill.
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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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Where to find folding stands for painting?

I'm looking for plastic folding stands for painting. The idea is to put e.g. plywood board at the top of those and paint furniture on it. Any idea where (e.g. web store) I can find these?
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Unidentified pneumatic part

I recently purchased a pneumatic micro die grinder and it came with pretty much no instructions and this piece with some clear plastic that screws inline. I have no idea what this for. What is it ...
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How do I use a stopper-borer?

I need to bore a small hole in a rubber stopper (bung) like this: I have a set of tools called stopper-borers like these: But I can't figure out how to use them. Simply pressing on the borer ...
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Removing knockouts in composite granite sink

The sink has one existing hole, and 3 knockouts which are cut about half way through the material. What are the best tools, and techniques for removing fixture knockouts on a composite granite ...
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What are good cleaners to use on pruning shears?

I'm new to the realm of shrubbery trimming, though have gotten some good results already. Now, however, I need to clean my pruning shears so they don't rust / get sticky. What are good cleansers to ...
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Good technique for squaring-up hardwood edges?

I'm building a small shelf for organising my desk, using sections of 42mm*19mm hardwood. I've cut the pieces to appropriate length using a hand saw, allowing some tolerance for the kerf. Now I'd like ...
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What is this drill guide/template used when fixing electrical sockets called and where do I buy one?

My dad used to have one, you use it as a drill guide/template when fixing electrical sockets, but I cannot find anywhere that sells them, and as I don't know the name Google is not much help! ...
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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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What is this bit for with a hole in the end? [pic]

I just came across this bit in my toolbox, which I'm fairly sure came with an installers drill bit (54" long flexible bit, with a hole in the end for pulling wires back through). It's a standard ...
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How to reduce noise while drilling?

Unfortunately I can only drill in the late afternoon or during weekends, but my area is very quiet and I would really like to avoid driving my neighbours mad... So is there anything I can do to make ...
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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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How can I measure water/moisture content within a wall cavity?

Related to improper placement of a vapour barrier within wall insulation, are there any tools or methods for measuring water/moisture content within a wall cavity?
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What to consider from picking a toolbox?

I need a tolbox but have got no experience with one. Can you suggest what things to consider before I choose one? Some examples will be very helpful.
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What quick and dirty tool/method should I use for cutting scrap drywall?

I have a pile of drywall scrap that's been sitting in my garage for a few years after a remodel, "just in case". My buddy came up with the idea of turning it into "karate boards" for our kids to ...
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Are those oscillating tools any good?

Has anyone used those oscillating tools like the Fein Multimaster or the Harbor Freight version? Are they as awesome as the infomercials suggest? What jobs are they good for?
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Faucet spout perlator: worth it?

I've seen the following perlator and similars (also plastic ones) on some shopping sites. They claim it can decrease water consumption up to 40%. Is it possible? Is it worth to try?