Questions tagged [hand-tools]

Hand tools are those powered by human muscles, as opposed to any other power source.

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What is the proper term for a huge chisel-like tool used for building log cabins?

Cabin builders use this tool for about the same purpose as a regular chisel. It is about 4" wide, 1 1/2 foot long, and with a 1 1/2-2 foot long handle. What do you call it?
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How to prevent over-tightening a bolt with a socket wrench? [migrated]

I recently bought a socket wrench to fix a loose and awkwardly positioned bolt on my mountain bike. The bolt secures the bike's crank arm to the frame of the bike. How do I ensure I don't over-tighten ...
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Removing hose tap/faucet from old hose pipe (outside) when half the metal thread is stuck

Today, I tried to replace the tap unit to my mom's hose because the 40-year old tap was leaking water everytime I turned the water partially on. So I used a vise grip to try to unscrew the tap. The ...
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How do you store a magnetic base and a dial indicator to prolong their life and retain accuracy?

I'm getting into turning with a lathe, starting small with some decent-used tools from the local ebay(trademe) and some janky chinese-grade tools. But I want to learn Best Practices. Right now I ...
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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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Use a tap on a die?

I bought some cheap and very cheese-grade metric taps and dies in a set. In short, they're about par for the source. Should a die fit over a tap of the same spec ? I guess they should not fit ...
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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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Tips to get (close to) accurate bevel angle by handsaw?

I'm trying to get a 20° bevel the length of the board (36"). I'm working on a scrap wood project. I've been on an "unplugged" kick lately & finding the extra physical effort of "by hand" to be ...
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What could go wrong if I use my claw hammer as a cross peen hammer?

I'm trying to sharpen a scythe blade. I'm supposed to strike the edge to flatten it. I'm supposed to strike it with a cross peen hammer. But I don't have one. Can I use my claw hammer instead with no ...
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How to lock a staple gun?

I have recently purchased a staple gun (this model, in case that matters, but I guess all of them work more or less the same way?) I don't understand how to lock it. The instructions say this: push ...
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Round or half-round files sold by radius?

I'm trying to find a half or full-round file of a particular diameter, but it seems to be rarely mentioned (and when it has been, they've been much smaller than I'm looking for). Are they just not ...
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Does a small bolt cutter exist which tensions with a wrench?

Does anyone know if there a bolt cutter which tensions using a wrench? The closet I can find is a nut splitter, but it is not really intended for cutting... Update I need to cut iron rods (I would ...
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Cutting insulation of speaker wire without damaging inner wires

I bought some speaker wire and an adjustable auto-stripper. I don't remember the gauge of the wire, but I wanna say it's 16ga. It's got a pretty sturdy plastic outer insulation and the speaker wires ...
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How long do I charge the battery for a “Power Grinder” brand rotary tool?

I was given a "Power Grinder" brand(made in China) rotary tool, and its cordless. I've plugged it into the charger, and the red light came on, and is still on 6 hrs. later. The tool works, but I don't ...
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Accessory for connecting a manual scissor jack to a drill to lift it faster

I have a scissor jack and I was wondering if rather spinning it manually, if it is possible engaging it to my drill. I'm pretty sure that there is an accessory like a hook for drills, or something ...
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Does anyone know the name of this tool?

Can any one name this tool? Found it online and haven't found anything yet.
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Torque delivered by a hand ratchet with 1/2" socket [closed]

How much (maximum) torque can a normal 150 lbs. man deliver manually with a hand-ratchet wrench (say 8" ratchet arm and a 1/2" socket) assuming no rust-resistance, direct/easy access etc?
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Can “bending” screwdrivers really apply enough torque?

I was uncomfortably driving a screw to affix a ceiling lighting fixture - either with my knuckles grazing at the ceiling or angling the screwdriver and having it occasionally slip. So, somehow I got ...
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What is this tool with a notch at the end of a shaft?

It’s made of a single piece of steel or a steel alloy, has a handle and shaft with a notch at the end of the shaft. I tried a google search and even a google image search using the photo below but ...
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Is there a way to open this kind of ratchet with no visible screws and no visible retainer rings?

I'd like to know if this kind of ratchet with no visible screws is serviceable in anyway, i.e. if it can be at least opened to clean it. (The ring on the rear serves as selector). It tried prying up ...
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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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Makita product lines comparison [closed]

I have been looking at different Makita tools and I can see what seems to be two different product lines but I fail to find any information online that would suggest what is the actual differences ...
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What are these razor blades called and where can I buy them?

I have this razor blade knife that I cannot find replacement blades for. I love the knife but I don't even know what to search for. What are these blades called and where can I get them? The metal ...
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What is the name of this recliner couch screw holder?

My Recliner Couch is missing a few of these Pieces that hold the screw in place between the metals. I am trying to get some new ones but I don' know what they are called and where I can buy them. Any ...
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Can anyone identify this tool for me

Hello I'm new here so not sure if this belongs here, if not please redirect me to the appropriate stack exchange. Now for the question does anyone know what this tool (thing) is? This has been ...
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How do I tighten/loosen this recessed nut and bolt?

My bed has a nut and bolt that are recessed into a piece of wood. The only tool I have that fits it is the tiny toy spanner that came with the bed. The spanner does not grip the nut tightly enough ...
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Good tool hand box [closed]

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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What factors are important when selecting a rotary tool?

I'm fairly new to the DIY scene, so to say that my working knowledge of any power tool is minimal is an understatement! I'm currently embarking on a DIY project that requires cutting acrylic boards, ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...