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DeWalt DWS774 mitre saw failire

I have this saw, few years old, but barely any use. I didn't couple of cuts then on a subsequent one the motor wouldnt run, and the shadow line light just flashed as a constant rhythm, every few ...
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Ryobi Lithium+ 18V battery says fully charged but provides no energy

The lights on both the battery and the charger says it's fully charged. However, the battery fails to power either of my Ryobi fans. Both fans work just fine with my other Ryobi Lithium+ 18V ...
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Hose interface between two standards for power washing

It's bad enough that every tool (lawn mower, drill, leaf blower, etc...) uses its own Lithium-ion batteries, but now I'm finding that this interfacing problem also exists between two hose standards. (...
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Tool recommendation for cutting wood: 4"x6", 4"x12", 2"x12"

What tool is recommended for hobby/home use to cut through treated wood 4"x6"s, 4"x12"s, and 2"x12"s? I'd also like to make 45-degree miter cuts and ideally, 30-degree ...
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How to install soft start module on table saw?

I"m installing a soft start module on my Craftsman 10" model 315.34972. This saw starts SUPER hard, so I bought a soft start module from Amazon: Hitachi 371468 Soft Start Module. Here is the ...
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how to couple 2 male ends of a weed wacker?

I have a weed whacker and a corresponding attachment that goes with it. I'm trying to attach the two but I found that my weed whacker has an inverted configuration that most other weed whackers don't ...
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Do oscillating multitool blades that will cut 3-1/2" deep exist?

I need to cut out some rotten house framing. It is an exterior wall with stucco attached. The challenge is in cutting through the top plates. Since I cannot cut them at the same location, I need to be ...
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Advice on how to cut through this 2mm thick steel vertical rail?

I have vertical rails for shelving that I want to trim down for my low ceilings. Would the cheapest rotary tool suffice for this purpose? I have a few other questions as well: What kind of blade ...
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What is the best way to store Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) batteries used for power tools?

I have power tools that use Lithium-ion batteries, and i have power tools that use Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) batteries. I only use these power tools maybe 5 times during the summer months. What is the ...
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How to grease and maintain a rotary hammer with SDS-MAX bits

i have a basic harbor freight demo hammer that uses SDS MAX bits. its not clear how to keep it greased. there is a plasict cover on top (see pic) that has a huge chamber beneath. its not clear how ...
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How to straighten a crooked bench grinder arbor?

I finally got sufficiently annoyed by my bench grinder's violent vibrations. I took off the discs and discovered that the little discless stubs are already wiggling themselves quite substantially. ...
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Would a low-powered cordless screwdriver be enough for installing (thin) floor boards?

I own a decent, powerful corded drill, but I've always been somewhat hesitant about cordless tools due to the potential lifespan of the batteries, and maybe also the bulkiness. (Case study: for our ...
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Protective gloves. Good idea or not?

A couple of weeks ago, I narrowly missed chopping off a finger with a baby chain saw. I’ve had a few other near misses with various power tools, over the past decades, and this latest one scared me ...
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How to maintain carbide-tipped drill bits?

I used a carbide bit to drill a hole in my ceramic tile to install a grab bar in the shower stall. I left the carbide drill bit to cool before I used an old toothbrush to brush off the debris from the ...
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What is this wire stripping tool connected to a drill called?

In this YouTube video the poster has a quite ingenious wire stripping setup connected to a drill. Was wondering what that was called and whether such a thing can be purchased?
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Is there any good method of sharpening these things?
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Is it safe to install plumbing fittings with a battery powered impact wrench?

I'm using Uponor brass fittings to connect to old galvanized Pipe. Some of these fittings are very hard to get to because they're near the eve of the house -- maybe even impossible. I'm wondering if ...
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Customising an ikea kallax 4x4 [closed]

I'm completely new to diy and wanted some pointers on how to turn an ikea kallax 4x4 to fit into a space. I would like to sand and repaint the blue pieces. Questions are: What grit of sandpaper would ...
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Tools and techniques for enlarging round hole in brick wall

I have a new kitchen hood with a vent duct slightly larger than the existing one and I need to "roundly" enlarge the hole. What would be the best power tool(s) and accessories to be used for ...
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brand new circular saw with 2mm blade jiggle "out of the box": is it typical? [closed]

I don't use circular saws. The last time I did so was before the advent of the blade brake. It was built like a tank, very heavy and quite accurate. But now I need to rip a 2 inch thick (50 mm) ...
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What do the 1/4 , 3/8, and 1/2 in the impact drivers mean?

I bought my first impact driver--a Worx 1/4 & 3/8 impact driver. I am trying to buy sockets and realised that these sockets come with drive sizes mostly 1/2". I read more and I found that the ...
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Can circular saws be used in a wet application to cut concrete with a diamond blade?

I've seen videos of people cutting concrete using a circular saw and diamond blade, and using a hose on the running blade to minimize the dust. My initial reaction is how are they safely running ...
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What would cause a power tool like a paint sprayer to trip a GFCI circuit?

I had just climbed up on my roof to stain some siding, having already tested the paint sprayer (Wagner) to make sure it worked. When I got ready to use it, I pulled the trigger and...nothing. Well *@...
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Jigsaw blade out of square - can I do anything?

I've just bought a MacAllister jigsaw - the cheapest of the cheap, as I only need it for one little job. I've quickly encountered a problem: The receiver doesn't hold the blade straight, and as soon ...
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pilot bit for masonry hole saw

This seems like a stupid question, but I cannot figure it out ... I have a couple of masonry hole saws (carbide tips) that I am using to drill holes through a cinderblock foundation wall for various ...
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Name for this kind of table saw?

I am finding pictures of table saws sold in England that are deeper than they are wide. Does this kind of table saw shape have a particular name in the industry or among English remodeling ...
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How to repair the handle of a mitre saw

The handle of my mitre saw has cracked and is about to break. How can I repair this to be able to keep using the saw?
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Compressor for spray gun and pneumatics tools

I have a general question that I can't find answers to : can I use a commercial compressor that will provide pressure for all the tools that I have in my wearhouse and use the same compressor for my ...
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Can any amp-hour capacity battery be used in any Kobalt 80V cordless electric mower, or is each Kobalt 80V mower amp-hour specific?

I have a 2.5Ah 80V battery from Kobalt for a weedwacker and am looking to get a mower. I see some good used Kobalt 80V mowers but it's not always clear if it was originally sold with a 2.5Ah battery, ...
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How can a faulty electric cord damage a power tool?

My almost-new 13-Amp electric lawnmower stopped working. I had turned it off after using it for a while to talk to someone, and after several minutes, attempted to turn it on again. To my surprise, it ...
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What should I do if I overheated my drill motor and made it smoke?

I have this Milwaukee corded drill: . Recently, I pushed the motor too hard while mixing thinset mortar. I got a burnt motor smell and bit of smoke. I have now learned that bigger mixing paddles are ...
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how to repair a concrete patio slab with crumbling edges

A brick-on-sand patio was added to the house back in the 1970s atop a poured concrete foundation that goes down 36", below frost-depth, per local code. A brick-veneer was adhered with mortar to ...
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Brad nailer will shoot shorter nails, but not longer ones

I have a Porter Cable PCC790 battery powered 18 gauge brad nailer. It will reliably shoot 1-1/2 nails. However, when I try to shoot 2" nails (its max nail length) is consistently fails (very ...
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Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B, how to change drill bit

I have a Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B ATOMIC. Instruction manual here. What is the proper way to change a drill bit? I see many online videos, where they remove the battery, open the chuck hole ...
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Faux stone on a bedroom wall is blocking the vent

We recently moved into our new home and we are redoing some things that were done by the previous owner. In the bedroom there is a wall that is covered with faux stones that average about 1 1/2 inches ...
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wet-vac advice for removing flaking paint from a mortar wall in the basement

Not asking for "brand" suggestions but advice on selecting the type/size of tool. This isn't a "shopping" question even though I am shopping. 30 years ago asbestos pipe insulation ...
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How am I supposed to use double-ended driver bits in a magnetic extension?

My impact driver is probably my most used tool for home DIY tasks. I have a corresponding set of bits that are very useful. Two of them, however, are a bit confusing to me: They are double sided. If ...
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Should I use an impact wrench to loosen a plumbing nut on a boiler drain valve?

I want to replace the washer inside a boiler drain valve because it's leaking. However, I am unable to unscrew a nut that holds the valve stem in place. I have tried a variety of hand tools, so far ...
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Fixing Dewalt power drill runout

I've got a well-made old cordless drill, it works well but has too much runout (a long straight bit wobbles side to side too much). What part(s) would likely need to be replaced to fix the bad bearing ...
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internal corrosion of copper pipe from various causes and tools, prep, and procedures required to prevent it

This is an interesting video on copper pipe corrosion from various causes. I am looking for an internal wall deburring tool to prevent the turbulence corrosion. The hand-tools (barrel-shaped) have ...
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Can diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods?

As the question is self explanatory, I want to know can I diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods? I have a 7" diamond blade (circular) but I cannot find the manufacturer's recommendations on ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Circular saw, jointer and table saw scare the living $#1+ out of me. How do I get rid of the fear? I've watched tons of safety videos and read all manuals cover to cover and still feel wary of using ...
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How useful is a cordless adhesive gun for the DIYer?

I haven't used a (manual) caulking gun in years, but I recall it was particularly dreadful to use one. Pressing the lever at a uniform angle (or what I imagined to be one) never produced a consistent ...
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What wire-brushs can be used at 28000 rpm [closed]

I have a hand me down Weller Mini-Shop power tool and I finally used up the wire brush that came with it (I was removing glue from an aluminum frame). Looking online I see a lot of wire brushes that ...
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Can a simple cordless screwdriver have neither a clutch nor a variable speed?

For some time now my corded 3/8″ drill doubled as a screwdriver when I had too many screws ahead of me. This works just fine. I just needed to stop before a screw was seated, and used a manual ...
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Multitool alternative for cutting 3/4" plywood

I'm looking to cut through a standing pantry for an electrical box. The pantry panel is made of 3/4" plywood. I attached a proper HCS blade to an oscillating multitool (Ryobi) to start with but ...
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Multitool attachment sets for quick release reciprocating saws

I just purchased this cordless reciprocating saw: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089QGR718/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It has a quick-release blade holder for quick-...
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Laser detector not compatible with Laser unit?

I have a self-leveling laser that produces a red beam in the range 635-650nm (Magnusson HL360) - it works great, I've not purchased a laser detector unit (DeWalt DE0892) that should detect red laser ...
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framing nailers : low profile for blocking but also with interchangeable tips for framing and use with metal connectors

Is there such a tool as a low-profile framing nailer that can fit between studs set 16" o.c. for nailing blocking, but which also has swappable tips so it can do frame nailing of 2x members as ...
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How can I tell if a drill clutch has been damaged?

I have a pretty new, pretty nice Dewalt cordless drill (DCD791). I haven't used it much, but today my wife needed help drilling a giant auger into the ground to make holes for plants. There were lots ...
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