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What is this squeezable hand tool with various inserts?

Trying to figure out what this is for?
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How do I remove the cartridge from this "Bach" fixture?

Photos are the key here; pictured is a single handle faucet which appears to be labeled “Bach” (not sure if that is brand or model). The outer brass collar has a notch all the way around (not a thread)...
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Please help me identify this device in my basement [duplicate]

I hope this is simple. I'm trying to figure out what this thing is. This device was in the basement of my house when I moved in. It's dusty and covered in cobwebs, so I would think that nothing has ...
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Can someone identify this pistol grip tool?

Does anyone recognize this tool? Maybe it came with a door or something and it is specific to that item?
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What are these metal doohickeys?

These two metal doohickeys were in a small sealed plastic bag in my garage. They're about 3 inches long. Anyone know what they are?
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What is the brand of this square faucet? Need to buy an aerator. Square spout 1inch/0.5 inch

Click image to embiggen. What is the brand of this square faucet? Need to buy an aerator. Square spout 1inch/0.5 inch Checked on faucet, below the sink, no signs/ID.
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Can anyone identify this old tool?

Found this in a box of junk and not sure what it is.
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Help Identifying This Spigot: 1/2" x R?

I'm trying to figure out what the threading on this spigot is. It's a bit smaller then a normal hose (which slips off). I suspect it's a vacuum break, but I can't figure out the brand.
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What is a solderometer?

I have this tool and not sure what it is used for. The T-handle, if you will, swivels. The word “Waterbury” is stamped on one side. And “solderometer” is stamped on the other side. I googled it with ...
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What is this tool used for and what is it called?

What is this tool called and what is it used for? I have searched for the product number on Biltema without luck as the number is not visible anymore. Contacting Biltema with the same pictures also ...
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What is the point of this double-ended spanner?

QUESTION: Just, why ? I was exploring a local swap meet and found this. For the life of me I cannot figure out why one would need an adjustable spanner at each end. I mean it's ADJUSTABLE and having ...
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What is this square metal plate with a handle?

Found this piece of equipment (?) left behind by a previous owner and am trying to figure out what it was used for. It's a thin, square metal plate with rounded edges. It's maybe 14 by 14 inches. On ...
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What kind of pliers are these?

I saw these pliers being abused for something they’re probably not meant for. What are these pliers actually for, and what do you call them?
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Tool to open a UPVC window shootbolt

I've got a broken UPVC window - the mechanism has broken so there is no way to get the bolts open. All the threads and videos I've seen suggest pulling out the seal and using an allen key to force the ...
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What is this nine tined tool used for?

Nine fixed flat springy metal tines, like a rake that roguely jumped out of the factory line, sallying forth into the public realm before its time. The handle telescopes out to about 4' in length, ...
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What is this round metal bar, 1" by 34"?

The knob on the end kind of makes it look like a handle, but when held in my hands, smallish, it doesn't feel like it was made to be a handle. Google image search didn't provide anything similar. What ...
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What are these clips called?

I need some clips that fit on the ends of rods that look like: Do they have a more common name than 'omega clips'? I can't find much if I search for that name.
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Info about this old riveting gun from West Germany? [closed]

Found a cute hand tool in a shed. Reverse image search suggests it's a riveting gun. One side says "Intern(i)et W. Germany", the other says "NZ-3". I'm not usually into riveting, ...
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What is this swiveling panel retention device called?

This is something where you put a screw in it, then you turn it and it holds in place a panel or something that is not nailed down. I'm trying to buy more of them but I can't think of what to call ...
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Help understanding and fixing shut off valve

I recently moved to a new house and am in the process of setting up essential appliances. While trying to connect the washing machine, I noticed that the shut off valve is leaking from a white hole(?) ...
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Spare part identification for replacement purchase toolbox latch/catch/clip/hinge/toggle for holding the case closed

I'm looking for a replacement for this in my toolbox because it broke: Can you also help me find the correct word to use. I think of locking latch/catch/clip/hinge/toggle for holding the case closed ...
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Identify a door handle type

I am trying to identify the origin of a door handle (crutch on rosette, photos attached) in order to be able to replace it. The problem is that the fixing screw holes seem non-standard (at least in ...
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What kind of tool has a thin, oddly-shaped blade inserted into a handle?

found it and really don't know where to start looking to identify it. it has no markings on it.
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What is the pictured tool and what is its use?

What is this tool for? It has a handle that looks like it can crush something.
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Tool Identity and Use

I'm hoping someone can identify this hand tool. Here is what I do know: It was made by Stanley It may be something used with sheet metal or maybe Wire? It would only be used on the edge of the metal. ...
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How are these hinges attached into the metal door frame?

Bought our apartment in the Netherlands recently, and we're trying to replace the beat up, landlord grade, hollow core doors, with something a bit nicer. The issue I'm having is that I've no idea what ...
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What is this tool with a slotted wrench and threaded nut?

Can anyone help me in identifying this odd thing. It seems to be some sort of attaching or tensioning "screw" I have searched the internet as much as i can and now i'm out of ideas as to ...
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Trying to identify garage wall storage "system" that IS NOT slatwall or pegboard

I've googled how to identify "wall storage type," "hook type," "attachment type," etc., and all that EVER comes up are slatwall and pegboard, which look nothing like what ...
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What is this metal part and does it fit into the fridge?

I finished moving a couple of days ago and noticed this metal part that apparently belongs to my fridge: The backside of the fridge looks like this (if that is where it belongs?): Does the piece ...
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Identify Ball Bearing for Replacement

I am needing to replace a broken ball-bearing for the Robot-Coupe CL50 D Ultra. Unfortunately, the company has been unable to send me the correct manual. Perhaps they do not have it, because there is ...
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What are these plastic rods and crimps under my couch cushion and can they be replaced?

One side of our couch sinks in way too much. I really don't want to fork a money for a new couch right now, so thought I'd see if I could fix it. I flipped it over and underneath I found that 3 ...
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What kind of tool has crosswise cutting jaws?

I inherited this, and guess it's a tile nipper? I'm curious why it has a flat side. Anyone use one of these?
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What is the purpose of these drill bits with two tips?

A friend of mine likes to buy old tools and smilar at car boots, and he picked up a set of bits which neither he nor his friends could identify. He showed me two of them: They have two tips, one ...
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What is this plastic Mitutoyo tool with retractable prongs?

Found on a local auction website. The white parts fold down when the unit is closed. The rear says MITUTOYO Precision Measuring System, however it looks to be plastic. My guess is that its a ...
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Tool Identification - screwdriver-like

I got this tool from my grandfather's house. It looks incomplete, like some parts are missing. The tool is simply a 1/8" steel rod about 7" long with one end flattened into a screwdriver ...
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Need help identifying CSST manufacturer

Can anyone tell me who is the manufacturer of this CSST (and related fixture)?
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Kitchen Faucet Sprayer Leak

I hope this is the right SE site to ask this. The sprayer on my kitchen faucet has started to leak. I bought the faucet and sprayer as a combo (brand new) about two years ago. It's a unit where water ...
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What is this bendable thing found in a closet? [closed]

I found this thing in the closet of a room which someone recently moved out of. It is flexible/bendable. I was wondering what it is? Thanks.
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Can You Help Identify This Tool? Assuming It's 1800s!

My grandfather was gifted this tool and we're trying to identify what it is. It has no unique markings other than the portion where engraved "US." It has a rivet on it, and that's as far as ...
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What is this tool? It is cast iron and looks like a router attached to an adjustable fence

This antique cast iron tool is apparently for carpenters and incorporates a router section with an adjustable fence. What is it called and who made it?
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Tool identity - 111 year old cutter jig?

The square shank suggests its for a bit and brace not a lathe? Clearly a cutter that can be adjusted inward Sliding part appears to be a square dovetail Patent date Dec 5 1911 perhaps. This photo ...
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I have a circuit breaker in my panel which I don't know where it goes. How can I find it out?

When I turn it off, everything in my home still works. I suspect that it leads to wires that are buried in the wall somewhere. The only problem is that I need more electricity. So I probably need a ...
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What is this tool used for?

I can’t figure out what this old tool is. Does anyone know?
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Need help identifying identifying exterior, in-ground valve related to residential swimming pool

We have an inground pool at our house in the US that was built sometime in the 70s-80s. Below the diving board is an unique and currently unused area covered with some 2x8s or 2x10s. Beneath the ...
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What is an adjustable wrench fit for tightening bolts?

The other day I saw a plumber tighten a bolt with what looked like an adjustable wrench. But it seemed like he didn't need to take it off the bolt every time to turn it further. Rather, it looked like ...
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