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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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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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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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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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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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Pipe threading tool for 15mm galvanised pipe

My local hardware store stocks 15mm diameter galvanised pipe fittings and lengths of galvanised pipe with threaded ends. The annoying thing is they charge $7 for a 100mm length of pipe but $16 for a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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how can I make a HSS blade thinner?

I have a HSS blade whose size is 200mmx30mmx3mm. For some particular reason, I need to make it thinner to 2mm-2.5mm. Is there any tool or approach that I can use to archive this without too much ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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