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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Which tools to use for changing locks?

I am new Home owner. I want to change locks and do it myself. I have never used a screwdriver set before and do not own one. If anyone can recommend what tools I will need to change the locks. ...
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Honing Fluid/Knife Sharpening Oil

I am looking to sharpen a knife, and i seem to be out of oil... Is there a quick hack or home substitute i could use for this? I have 3-in-1 oil (white bottle) but aside from that (in terms of tool ...
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How to remove rivets?

I have to remove these rivets (see pics). What tool can I use for that?
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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 drill straight hole in 4x8 beam?

I need to drill a 0.5" hole for a big bolt going through 4x8 beam (used in swing). Now I only have the hand drill and no drill press tool (which could be nice). I only need to make 2 holes and they ...
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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 are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?

Both a step drill bit and a knockout punch seem to be very similar, in that they both make holes in a metal box. The step drill seems to have an advantage, since it can make several size holes using ...
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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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How to repair bent scissors?

I have a pair of scissors which I happen to like a lot. Unfortunately, one of the blades is bent towards the other blade, so that a gap forms when the scissors are closed. Bending the blade back with ...
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Putty knife : when to use flexible blade and when to use stiff blade?

I'm prepping my walls for painting. There are various sizes of putty knives and they come in flexible and stiff versions. I know that I need to get a few sizes for different kind of work: 4", 6" and ...
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Are Record and Stanley brand smoothing plane blades interchangeable?

Need a new blade for an old RECORD 04 2" smoothing plane. Is there any significant difference between RECORD and STANLEY plane blades for similar size models STANLEY blades LOOK similar but I'm just ...
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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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Is it ok to have a rise in an air compressors drain valve?

The designer of my compressor unfortunately didn't put a whole lot of thought into where to put the drain valve on it. It's on the back, and the compressor is against the wall, in a corner, usually ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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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 gap ...
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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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Questions about a broken vise

I pressed a log into a vise, which resulted in the vise breaking (more precisely the "fix part", i.e the jaw which is on the side with the wriggle broke down.) After some research, it seems to me ...
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How is a Phillips screwdriver size determined?

I have two different sized Phillips screwdrivers that both say they are 00 sized (click here for full-sized image): The green screwdriver came from an iPhone 3/4 disassembly kit, and on the package ...
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Do I need a cordless screwdriver if I own a cordless drill?

I currently own a cheapo corded drill and one of DeWalt's lower-end cordless screwdrivers. I want to buy a cordless drill because I am done with extension cords. Most (good) cordless drills seem to ...
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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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How do I tell which drill kit will be useful and suit best for DIY requirements? [closed]

I believe Skil's drill kit works best for electrical and masonry requirements and a smart hand tool kit from Skil for almost all plumbing related issues. These two products make a good combination ...
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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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What is the name of the tool used to create an initial dent for drilling?

I remember that during my DIY lessons at school, there was a tool used to help with positioning a drill bit. The tool was shaped like a large nail, and it was lightly hammered into the material at the ...
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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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Loose Blade, Tight Arbor Bolt

I have a circular saw with an overly tightened arbor bolt and a blade that spins freely> How can I get that repaired? This saw was one that I inherited from my dad and I need to use it for some up ...
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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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What tool or special bit do I need to remove this (will add the name later when I know it :-) )

I do not know the name of the hardware that I need to remove, please see the picture below. The brass like colored piece is stuck there really well. I have tried with a screwdriver, I pushed with a ...
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What's the name of this tool?

What's the name of this tool? Is it a screw driver, or a gun that shoots nails to wood, wall, etc? How can I use it safely? Thanks.
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Converting appliances from 120v -> 240v

I've been getting U.S. appliances sent to E.U. where the voltage is doubled. I'm using autotransformers so they can work, but this isn't ideal. I do this to save money. EU retailers add their ...
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burning smell when using miter saw

I just bought a ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser. I never use miter saw before. Cut a few 2x4 to learn how to use it. The problem is everytime I cut, I get a "burning" smell. Not ...
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Clamp for tight quarters

Is there a kind of clamp whose one pressing arm (or whatever you call it) is a simple straight bracket perpendicular to the clamping motion line (purple below) while the other is regular (black below)?...
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Craftsman framing nailer, does nail collation type matter?

I have a Craftsman #351.181790 Clipped Head 28 Angle Framing Nailer (2"-3 1/2" nails) which is no longer sold. Original nails are no longer available. I have read the manual, but it does not ...
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Can a stud finder reliably detect HVAC sheetmetal?

Thread title says it all. I'm installing can lights in a basement and want to make sure I clear the HVAC return when drilling holes. If a stud finder can't detect that, what's the best way to verify ...
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What is the best drill bit to use to drill a hole in a chainsaw bar?

I need drill a 3/8" diameter hole in my chainsaw bar to attach a plate on it.
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Brand new air compressor trips onboard breaker on start

I bought a new air compressor from Harbor Freight (8-gallon, 2hp,) and last night I added oil to the fill line, opened all valves, and started it to run it for the break in period (30 minutes with no ...
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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

What I'm doing: taking rounded granite stones and cutting the bottoms flat with an angle grinder and drilling 2-3" the other side for a flower, pen, etc. (3/8") What I'm using: Bosch multi purpose ...
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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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Should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw?

I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read ...
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How do I file some steel spikes?

I have 50 steel rods that are 12in long. I would like to know how can I file the end so that its pointy like the image bellow.
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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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Kobalt Weed Eater unspools immediately on running

As soon as I start running my Kobalt KST 120X-06 weed eater the line immediately unspools very quickly (like 5 inches a second). It is like the autofeed is always on. I have made sure I am spooling ...
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I need a tool that hogs off stock to fix the side of a panel

I need to fix a panel and this is exactly what I need but i don't know what its called. Can someone help me out? https://youtu.be/teQYBrA7sX0?t=3m50s
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How do I dig a 3 foot deep narrow trench in soft clay

I need to dig a 3 foot trench in soft clay to put in a new water pipe. If I use I drain spade to dig it about 16cm ( 6 inches) wide will I have enough space to do the digger? Is there a better ...
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Request for proper word - “bur?”

Sometimes certain things call for a washer to be put on a metal shaft, and then in order for the washer to not come back out, you would hammer the top of the shaft so that it deforms. I've heard ...
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How to cut posts off an iron bed

I have a 4 poster bed that I want to shorten the two foot posts. It's hard to tell if it is iron or steel or what because it has a faux painted finish. The other snag is I need to keep it in place ...
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Air compressor air filter and oil change

My Makita MAC2400 has been serving great almost a decade now. Recently I started wondering about the volume of air it has intaken over the year and that it all went through the air filter, which I ...
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How to test ground/neutral without outlets?

I use this simple plug device to detect any ground/neutral problems in outlets and if they're properly installed. What can I use on open wires in an electrical receptacle to emulate the same test?
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What is this tool?

It is from my deceased Uncle's tool box. He mostly had inexpensive automotive tools, but also had other stuff that he must have used or modified to use as tools. It is chromed steel, or at least is ...
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Hand tool for packing dirt

What is a good simple hand tool for packing small surfaces of dirt to prepare it for laying concrete? I've seen big pneumatic hammers at large construction sites and was wondering if there is a good ...
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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 ...