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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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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Black and Decker 18V Battery

I put my 18V Black and Decker Battery on the charger yesterday and the red light is still blinking. Is this normal?
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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 45 angles in quarter round shoe molding with circular saw?

I do not own a mitre saw, which seems like the best tool for cutting skinny quarter round shoe moulding at 45 degree angles. While I can manipulate the angle on my circular saw, which worked very ...
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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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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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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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Which way should air flow through this oil/water filter

So, I picked up an oil/water filter for painting with my compressor. Unfortunately, the thing had zilch for instructions, and I'm not sure which way the air should flow. Which side (male threaded side ...
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How are really TOP NOTCH quality T-Shirts produced? [closed]

We bought an Apex UV-Printer and its great for printing all kinds of materials and its supposed to be good at printing cloth/T-Shirts as well, but the results were really not so good. We are thinking ...
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What kind of saw should I use for cutting thin metal?

A rather strange issue has occurred where I moved into a house and there was a lot of junk, the majority of which turns out to be useful, but there is a big set of blinds encased in a 2 meter unit ...
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Are off-brand framing nails compatible with my Craftsman nailer?

I have a Craftsman Clipped Head Angle Framing Nailer (28 degrees) Model No. 351.181790. They don't appear to stock the specific nails for this gun anymore. Which according to the manual are: 18351 ...
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What tool should I use to cut memory foam?

I need to cut 2x2 ft square pieces from a sheet of memory foam. Not sure what tool is best for this. Any ideas? In the future I'd like to cut circles and eventually sculpt irregular shapes, I don't ...
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When machining a hole, what is the order of operations?

I need to drill a threaded, countersunk hole in a piece of material. After drilling, should I use the tap, or the countersink bit first? Does it make a difference? Does it depend on the material?
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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 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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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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Word Definition

A recent dialogue with a potential customer "put me off" as it were when we discussed what tools he needed at the job (mostly finish work and some decking). I had offered to supply any un-common power ...
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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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How can I safely sand a small, thin item with a belt/disc sander?

I have small, thin items measuring roughly 4"x2" with a depth of only .33". I need to sand the back of them down evenly, and have been using a belt sander to do so. However, I'm a little nervous about ...
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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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How to rip unparallel on table saw?

I have this small but powerful and relatively versatile Dewalt. What I would like to do is rip a piece of lumber but so that the cut side is at an angle to the other lengthwise side and not ...
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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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How to prevent batteries leaking out in devices?

Is there a common method of preventing batteries from leaking out and destroying the device? Why does this happen in the first place? I have laid another head lamp to waste because it was sitting in ...
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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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Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?

Many times I used a chisel to cut off a hard-to-reach piece of lumber, I was wishing I had an adequate blade for my 4.5" grinder, as I don't own an oscillating tool. Why is it hard to find? Is it ...
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What is this tool set for?

What is this tool set in the red rack used for?
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Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?

Newbie question. Why is it that there's a bazillion different types of screws? Why can't we just always use one standard screw type? Are there advantages/disadvantages to the different types? Are ...
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Pneumatic die grinder or electric rotary tool

Between a pneumatic die grinder: and an electric rotary tool: What are the advantage/disadvantage between using each one? Also, which has more torque?
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Best way to take wood glue off of tools?

I try to clean my tools after working with wood glue but i always miss a spot here or there. My square is covered with wood glue because i didn't clean it fast enough. Whats the best way to take the ...
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What is the difference between an impact driver and an impact wrench?

Obviously impact drivers and impact wrenches are designed for different purposes, but since they both work on the same principle is there some overlap? Is a small cordless impact wrench just a ...
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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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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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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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Tighten 1 1/2 nut under the sink

I just installed my new peerless kitchen faucet. I used my hand to tight the hex nut because the space is pretty small.(I think that the size is 1 1/2) It is temporary. I tried Basin Wrench and ...
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How do I tune a Bandsaw so the blade doesn't drift?

I just bought a 9-inch Delta bandsaw and I know there are some things you have to do to get it tuned right so the blade doesn't drift etc., but I have no idea what those are. What are some tips I ...
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What type of brush to use with polyurethane?

I used this brush and got good results but I was wondering if there is even better. Are there brushes that are made specifically for polyurethane?
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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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Can I use a nailer with a higher consumption than my compressor's SCFM rating?

Can I run a pneumatic nail gun with a consumption of 4 SCFM max on a small portable 1HP compressor with a SCFM rating of about 3 SCFM @ 90psi? What about tools that with higher SCFM consumption say 5 ...
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How do I avoid injuries working with a table saw? [closed]

What are the most common mistakes newcomers make? Is there a safer alternative to a table saw?
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Staggered Barn Doors

I am looking to build two sets of barn doors for an open closet location that is approx 12-14 with a divider in the middle approx 4 feet, and then another open location that is approx 12-14 feet. I ...
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Cutting out shapes inside cement board

I need to cut out a shape (rectangular opening) inside a cement board. Was wondering if it can be done with a jigsaw and a special blade once I have pilot holes drilled in each corner.
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What sort of driver works the center screw in this hinge?

This door does not like to latch; to latch it I must pull sharply up on the doorknob. So I see a shim in my future. I suppose I need to unscrew the bottom hinge, but what sort of screw-driver does ...
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Confused: Obscure Pliers

What are these pliers called and what are they used for?
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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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What is this digging tool called?

A plumber came out to my house yesterday and had this tool on his arsenal which was basically a 3 or 4 ft long thin (1/2") fiberglass pole with a metal tip on the bottom and a handle on top which ...
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How to strip sheath off outdoor cable?

I am looking for a way to remove the protective sheath from a length of multicore mains electrical cable. It's rated for outdoor use and is VERY strong. Without butchering my fingers; trying to fine ...
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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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Home tool for making wood edge slots?

I have some planks and would like to make a wooden plate. So far I've seen this done by connecting the planks together but they've always had these prepared edges which hopefully the two images will ...
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Should I release the pressure out of an air compressor when it is not in use?

Just got a new compressor and I wondering if I should be releasing all of the pressure out of the unit when it is not in use? Or is it better to leave the pressure in so that the unit does not have ...
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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 ...