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Questions tagged [hand-tools]

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Good tool hand box [on hold]

I have a great old Rubbermaid Roughneck hand box that has broken a latch after 20 or so years. I am appalled at the quality and selection of boxes at the major stores today. Mostly flimsy and have ...
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“Axle cap”: what is it called and how to remove it?

I've put together a wagon for a child, but I've messed up something. Now I need to remove a plastic cap that has metal bits inside and that goes over the end of the wheel axle. A spare part of this ...
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What's the name of these pliers?

My grandfather called them "order clerk pliers" but can't find that name anywhere on the internet. The brand is Sargent but I can't find anything else about them. The "bolt cutter" like snip at the ...
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What is the term for an adjustable spanner with the opening at the side?

I have in the past used (but do not currently own) adjustable spanners where the jaws are on the side of the handle so the nut enters from the side. Similar in layout to a pipe wrench but without the ...
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Bench Vise Restoration: Removing Spindle

I'm in the process of restoring an old Bench Vise and first I'm disassembling it, so I can check parts for excessive wear, remove rust and repaint. I'm not sure what is the brand, but here's a picture ...
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Chrome vs nickel plated screwdrivers

Is there any difference in performance or endurance of nickel vs chrome plated screwdrivers? Some companies offer both and the former (nickel) is cheaper for the same blade (& handle).
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Flexible palm disc sander: Are there any other names?

I came across a hand tool in a This Old House/Nick Offerman video that is some sort of flexible pam disc sander. How it's used: I think the user can simply velcro on a hook-and-loop sanding pad (...
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Spray can pole extender

I have a hornets' nest that I want to spray with insecticide. The hive is approximately 20-25ft from ground level. The insecticide that I have is in a aerosol spray can with a large actuator. ...
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How can I tighten nut under kitchen sink

My kitchen tap has come loose from the sink and I'm having trouble tightening it back up. This is what it looks like. I need to tighten the nut, but the problem I'm having is there is not enough ...
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Is a new hand plane supposed to have a concave sole?

Just got a block plane from Lowes (the only one on the display). It has a cup on its sole. Is it supposed to be like that?
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Can I use Wiha “Micro Bit” bits with regular 1/8'' hex screwdriver?

Wiha says their micro bits are 4mm in diameter, and suggests to use special adapter for 1/4 screwdriver. Obviously these 4mm micro bits are smaller than 1/4 inch, but are they compatible with 1/8 hex ...
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Why do insulated screwdrivers have a maximum voltage that they're rated for?

I have some insulated screwdrivers and the packaging says "Protects from electric shock up to 1,000 volts". But it's not like the insulation can conduct electricity at higher voltages, right?
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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

It’s not just that I’ve been told by some people to never work on a live circuit as an amateur (I know that electricians often do work on live circuits)... but the package itself containing the ...
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When using a Hand Saw (or Hack saw), Dust hides line

Whenever I start cutting a piece of wood with either a handsaw or hacksaw (i.e. manual saw), the dust covers the line I drew, thereby making following the line very difficult if not impossible. I am ...
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Trouble identifying this tool

G’day, I recently started a new job, and have come across in the toolbox this set of “pliers”. I’ve never seen these before, and I can’t find them anywhere online. Can someone tell me what they ...
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How to efficiently trim 3mm polycarbonate with portable tool(s)?

I have a square of 3mm thick polycarbonate (aka "Lexan" after a common brand, though mine is a different brand) that is roughly 50cm along each edge. I need to trim a few mm off one corner and part ...
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How might a person of limited strength pry embedded lumber out of soil?

I thought it was clear and follow up comments clarify , the boards are buried in 4" of mud with only 2" showing, how would a person of limited strength remove the boards? *EDIT** (to resolve ...
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How do I adapt my spiral ratcheting screwdriver to use with all bits?

I have a spiral ratcheting screwdriver like the one shown below. I want to adapt it to use with all kinds of bits. This basically means putting a 1/4" hex socket on the other end. Fig.1. Yankee ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I need to change the wax ring on my toilet. The closet bolts that hold it in place are rusted so I need to cut them in order to remove the nuts. I thought of trying bolt cutters. The bolt cutters I ...
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What is this old manual tool for?

I just found this in a pile of old tools, more or less related to plumbing. The edges are sharp. The ridges do not have the same size on both sides. Does anyone know what this is and what it is for?...
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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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Found an old tool - What is it?

I found this with a bunch of other old tools. This is the only one I can't figure out what it is. I wonder if it's a home made tool for some unique purpose. Or maybe it was just for made for fun out ...
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What is this tool for?

I bought the tool illustrated above for a project around the house, but I cannot remember what it is used for, or what project I used it on. Anyone have any ideas as to what this tool is for? I did ...
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Are there any serious dangers to using manual tools?

Recently, I had to fix some things around the house, without access to my usual electric tools. I found that the manual tools, such as a crank drill and a handsaw, are quite efficient, and I can no ...
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What are these tools used for?

I have recently found in a box these two tools: I do not have any knowledge on whether these tools are for wood or metal. The second tool can be winded and unwinded in order to form some kind of ...
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Difference between lacquered and polished chisels

What's the difference between lacquered chisels and polished chisels? Are there any advantages of one over the other?
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What kind of hammer is this?

I can't find this specific hammer anywhere online, does anyone know what it's called or used for?
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Adjustable wrench use, how to quickly determine which way to turn the wheel

I've used adjustable wrenches for years but I still end up turning the wheel the wrong way half the time, widening the wrench when I need it narrow and vice versa until I figure out the orientation I'...
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A good way to tighten nuts in very close quarters?

Over time, the hexagonal nuts in my bed frame have loosened. I'd like to tighten them, but the routed access is much too small for a socket head, crescent wrench or even needle-nosed pliers -- not ...
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What is this nut clamp called and how do you remove it?

I would like to remove the wheel that is being held in by this contraption: I tried to use a standard socket wrench, but couldn't get just the right size: 1/2" or 13mm seems too small; 5/8" or 14mm ...
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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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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 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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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Is there a tool especially designed for opening a tube of caulk, silicone, or construction adhesive?
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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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Direction for deburring and filing tools

After cutting a metal block I need to deburr the corners and edges. If there a large edge that stands out, I like to use a file, rather than a small deburring tool. However I never understood why ...
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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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Splitting maul handle cracked… is it still usable?

I was splitting logs for firewood today, and must have swung wrong, because the outer shell of the fiberglass handle on my maul shattered. Although the core of the handle appears intact, and the head ...
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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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Unscrew stuck shower head with circular section

<rant> Why are shower heads made with a circular outer section that's nigh impossible to unscrew once they get stuck with years' worth of deposits, PS: pardon my frustration and inadequate ...
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Confused: Obscure Pliers

What are these pliers called and what are they used for?
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Simplify the shop, reduce storage space… use hand powered tools [closed]

Sometime ago, I read something online, magazine, somewhere. It was the story of somebody who ran a chair making shop at Williamsburg (or similar venue). The shop owner went to use a hand held ...
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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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How do I unscrew a hex screw that doesn't have any grip anymore? [duplicate]

I messed up the screw that fits this tip of this particular type of screwdriver bit (circled in red): That screw now has almost no edges and is basically oval. I tried lubricating the screw so that I ...
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What tool is a 'murphy bar'?

What is a 'murphy bar'? Googling it, I found it mainly as a drinking bar; a liquor cabinet that folds down, like a Murphy bed. Is it just a generic (dis-used?) term for prying under something to ...
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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 ...
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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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When using a hand saw, why does my cut keep wandering off the line? (originally posted by glw)

This was the highest voted question posted as part of the Woodworking Proposal phase. Please sign up, thanks to glw.
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How do I eject a bit from a Wiha 38600 screwdriver?

I just bought this overpriced Wiha 386 screwdriver. It takes a 1/4 bit. It also has a "retaining ring." I put a bit in it, and everything went great. But.. how do I get the bit out of it? I know it ...
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What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...