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's the best tool for shoveling gravel?

I have a couple of cubic meters of gravel (3-4cm, round, no edges) in a big pile. I want to move this gravel, some of it becomes foundation for the kids' sand pit, and some should go along the outer ...
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Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?

What is the typical head weight (or weight range) for a general-purpose sledge hammer? Background: I've been shopping around online and have seen everything from a small 2 lb hammer to weights up to ...
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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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Confused: Obscure Pliers

What are these pliers called and what are they used for?
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What is the name for a drill bit that makes conical holes?

What is the drill bit on the far left hand side of the machine in the first picture? I believe it cuts holes shaped liked those in the second picture, which is something I'm trying to achieve. Is it ...
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What to use to cut large roots

I have a big Sycamore tree in my front yard and the roots are growing towards the foundation of my house. One of the roots is about a foot from the foundation. My husband is not able to do the work, ...
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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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What tool should I use to cut through a wall to get to my attic?

I have a very small attic space above my bathroom, and there is no access to this space. The tube that goes from the exhaust fan to the roof is not attached, and I would like to attach it to get ...
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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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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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Does an adapter exist that can convert a rotary tool in a oscillating multi-tool one?

I saw in the Internet a power tool with a proprietary attachment system that can transform the power base in a drill, in a cutter, in a jig saw, in a multi-too and so on... more than 10 different ...
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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 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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How to cut thick felt carpet pad?

We are installing carpeting and purchased felt pad for it. Using a utility knife, though, even changing the blades frequently, we are having a really hard time cutting it. Is there a tool, ...
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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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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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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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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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How to put grommets in a tarp?

If I have a custom sized tarp, is there any way for me to put a grommet where I need it, in a process similar to riveting for example?
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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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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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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 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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What is good advice for introducing kids to home improvement?

I have kids. My oldest two have done a lot of framing with me, punched holes for electric, connected electric on dead circuits... But also I am very apprehensive in letting them use some tools - ...
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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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How to unscrew this uncommon type of screw?

The staircase light next to my flat broke down and I would like to fix it. The ceiling lamp is pictured below: I have a problem with unscrewing the screw. The screw is of rather peculiar shape with ...
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Reinstalling a belt on an electric snow thrower

I have this snow thrower which was doing pretty good for me until this weekend when it suddenly stopped turning the augers. I could hear the electric motor turning, but the augers where not turning. ...
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How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

I have a laminate "click together" flooring and some of the board have separated. If I kick my foot on some of the boards, I can scooch some of them together. However, its not very effective. Is ...
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How can I clean an air compressor tank?

I have a Dewalt Air Compressor - portable. My tank has rust slurry in it and I need to clean it out. Is there a recommended method to flush a small air compressor tank?-
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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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Need advice on air compressor for home use

I'm in the market for a cheap air compressor. I need it for the occasional spray painting of furniture, inflating and switching of tires. I've been looking at this air compressor: The specs of the ...
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How do I remove the carbon brush holders from my HD 77 Skil saw?

How do I remove carbon brush holders from a Skil Saw model HD-77 ? I have removed the set screws from the casing that retain the brush holders. The The motor casing is split to view the holders ...
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What does a slow beep mean from a Klein non contact tester?

I am using a Klein non contact voltage detector and when the power is switched on I get a fast steady beep. And when I switch the breaker off I get a slow beep. Does this mean I am safe to cut the ...
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Hanging Large Framed Prints on Plaster

What REALLY works for hanging pictures on old plaster walls--the kind with cement not too far beneath a skim coat of the white stuff (technical term). I bent four nails "specifically designed" to ...
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How do I clean a cheap blow torch?

I have one of those cheap Mapp gas + nozzle torches I'm using for sweat sodering and the tip clogged up today. How do I go about cleaning it?
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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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How can I test my drill and batteries for faults?

Apologies if this is off-topic. I was given a used standard cordless 12v drill and 2 batteries, without the battery charger. The drill didn't work at all with one battery, and just turned slowly for ...
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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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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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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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Fitting glass fibre loft insulation - recommended eye protection

I've tried various goggles (some with more ventilation than others) and resorted to swimming goggles, but they all steam up after 60 seconds at the most. Maybe I sweat too much(!), but whatever I try ...
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Most important features when selecting a tile saw?

I am looking to invest in a tile saw that will get a fair amount of daily use. Which features are something I should look for when selecting such a tool (i.e. blade size, cleanup, traveling distance ...
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power saw troubles will not start or turn over [closed]

My saw has locked up. It will not turn over or even run. Not really sure where to start. What do I check first?
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How can I secure an outwardly opening front door without damaging anything?

This is a rented house in Japan (single room). It has an outwardly opening front door. The resident (a single woman) has fear of intruder breaking in. Also, damaging/modifying the door or the wall is ...
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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 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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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 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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Cutting depth of a Jig Saw

I'm looking at getting a hand held Jig Saw like the Bosch 150 CE because it has the longest cutting depth 15cm(6"). I'm wanting to do some end notching on 150mm x 150mm lumber. For example: What ...
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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...