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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...