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What is this type of garden appliance power socket?

I've inherited a garden shredder with a missing power cable. The missing cable plugs into this large 3-pin socket on the body of the shredder where the earth pin is female, and the other two are male....
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When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill?

Or vice-versa. As best as I can tell, the impact driver is very good for most any type of screw going through wood. When would you use a drill (with screw bit) instead?
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What part is faulty when a pneumatic nail gun does not leak any air, is not jammed, but does not fire?

I have a Porter Cable DA250C (15ga angle finishing nailer). Worked fine yesterday until it just stopped. The gun does nothing at all when the trigger is depressed. It is not jammed. The piston is ...
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Difference between angle grinder and circular saw

From what I've read on google, angle grinders and (portable) circular saws appear to be quite similar. Aside from a circular saw being perhaps a bit larger and maybe having some supports on the bottom,...
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DeWalt nail gun leaks air when trigger is pulled

DeWalt D51257 has been lightly used for home projects but it stopped working. When trigger is pulled, only air is coming out (through the trigger area) but no nail is fired. Should I replace the ...
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How to remove Bosch 650 chuck

I forced my drill too much when using in a drill guide so something strange happened to the chuck. At first it didn't turn easily to lock and unlock there were click sounds when I was trying to turn ...
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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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Angle grinder 4 1/2" diamond blade with 7/8 in. with 5/8 in. insert included -what is the insert for?

I have a 4 1/2" angle grinder and I bought this blade because I need to cut some concrete bricks for my patio. With the blade I received a small disk that fits in the hole of the diamond disk and it ...
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Is it bad that my cordless drill is smoking?

I was using my cordless drill today. I was trying to drive a bolt that was stuck with my drill in low gear and it wasn't really budging. I tried a few times and then noticed that smoke was coming ...
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Do tool cross-manufacturer battery adapters work without damaging battery or tool?

I'm talking about something like this which allows you to use a Dewalt battery in a Makita tool. Since this is just a question of connecting pins and so on, and no change of current or voltage is ...
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How to Lubricate a Hammer Drill

I own a hammer drill (DeWalt d25263). I was using it today, and everything went well. But as I removed the SDS chisel bit that I was using, I saw a good bit of grease on the shank of the bit. I've ...
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Is a reciprocating saw the right tool to saw 2cm/0.8" hardened steel?

I have a bicycle that's locked with a 2 cm/0.8" hardened steel lock that I have unfortunately lost the key to. I would very much like to get the bike operational again, but all I have is a 900W ...
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Impact driver issue: Intermittent springy/twang sound

I suspect my impact driver is starting to bust. Every so often, I hear a soft 'twang' sound shortly after pulling the trigger. I don't remember hearing it in the past, but I'm not 100% sure, maybe I ...
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Why does my old table saw power switch cut both hot and neutral?

I am refurbishing an old Craftsman 10" table saw that has been collecting dust in the back of my shop for years. I don't remember exactly how I acquired it, but to my recollection the one time I ...
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Why is my air compressor drawing too many amps?

I have an old air compressor (1970s/1980s vintage) that has recently started tripping the circuit breaker that it is on. I hooked up a clamp meter and found that when the compressor motor is running ...
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Are watchmaker or mini lathes useful to make adapters and threaded rings for photography and optics tinkering?

Old watchmaker lathes, or very small lathes like the Proxxon FD150/e look affordable used, and not very space consuming either. Can these be used, by a non expert, to build aluminium parts like ...
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Why does my framing nailer ocasionally leak from around the trigger?

I have a Hitachi NR90AC5 framing nailer that still functions correctly, but some air leaks from around the trigger. Sometimes, after firing a few nails, it doesn't leak air anymore. Then later after ...
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Oscillating multi-tool blades compatibility

I've never used a multi-tool, and I'm thinking of buying this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332945384811 However, I have a question: will I be able to mount on it the blades from other brands (e.g.,...
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Best tool to cut out back of kitchen sink cabinet?

There are 100% mice under my kitchen sink. I need to rip out the cabinet part to see whether and how I can patch it up to keep them out. I'm digging in from outside beyond the foundation, too, but ...
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How to attach hose to router table port?

How do I attach my dust collection hose to the port on router table fence? I am using a standard shop-vac hose.
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Can I safely use a straight (Type 1) metal cutoff wheel in angle grinder?

I have a Ridgid angle grinder and a metal cutoff wheel. On page 7 of the manual it states: Use ONLY Type 27 depressed center grinding wheels (such as the one provided with this product). NEVER ...
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Causes of a framing nailer driver stuck in down position?

I have an Hitachi NR90AC5. It's oiled and has adequate pressure. There's something that's gone wrong with it recently, where it sometimes double fires (in single fire mode) and then the piston gets ...
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Best half-decade for a used well-maintained Unisaw?

I'm in the market for a used Unisaw. I found that well-maintained Unisaws on craigslist vary from about $800 for an 1980s model to about $1100 for a 2010s model. So there's actually very little ...
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Dremel doesn't power on: brushes?

I have a mid-2000s Dremel 400XPR that I've used over the years for a variety of projects. A couple days ago I tried to use it and found that it doesn't power on. I read through the manual, tried a few ...
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Should there be continuity between brush contacts on an AC motor rotor?

I have a mitre saw that started shorting. I dismantled it to try to diagnose the problem. On inspection of the rotor, I found that the brush contacts on the rotor all have continuity to one another. ...
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What's the safest type of power saw? [closed]

I would like to purchase a power saw for general use (i.e., for various DIY and home improvement projects). I currently exclusively use a handsaw to cut wood. Even though it is a pull saw (which ...
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Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?

How does the gauge of the chain effect the drive sprocket? I bought a new bar and chain, the pitch is .325, the sprocket is .325 and gauge is .063, but the number of links is 81 instead of 74. Will ...
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“power buffer” in front of generator for peak power shaving?

I need to do some work off-grid, and I only have a 1000W generator to drive my power tools, which easily draws twice that (and probably more when starting up) when cutting steel. Instead of getting a ...
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What do the numbers on a cordless drill mean?

I have a Hitachi cordless drill: You can turn the gray numbered part to switch between, hammer drill, drill and screwdriver mode. The screwdriver mode is numbered up to 22. Can someone explain what ...
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Is there any way I can use regular dremel bits on a dremel trio?

A few years ago I bought a Dremel Trio, which uses much more expensive bits than a regular Dremel. The collets are also different. Consequently I never really used it. Now I'm making a custom cnc ...
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How to diagnose a problem in a Jet AFS-1000B Air Filtration system

I've had a Jet Air Filtration unit (AFS 1000B) system for years and it's worked perfectly. Recently I took out the filters for cleaning. When I put them back the unit would not start. All of the ...
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SDS drills with advertised chuck sizes

I am looking to buy a hammer drill, but have no experience in this area. Everywhere I look, it seems that SDS/SDS+ is a universal chuck design, in that any SDS bit will work with any SDS drill and ...
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Is it bad to leave batteries in my cordless tools?

I have a set of Dewalt cordless tools with both 18V NiCad and 20V LiIon batteries (I also have an adapter that lets me use the 20V batteries in the 18V tools). The tools are only a few years old, and ...
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Is it possible to get a magnetic mount to attach to my aluminum tablesaw base?

I want to use a magnetic base and precision deflection meter with my tablesaw, which has aluminum instead of cast iron table, which means it is not a magnet-friendly material. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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How would I remove a concrete shelf with possible reinforcements

I've had a brick-walled cupboard removed from my kitchen, but the concrete shelf that was in it had to be left because of the gas piping around it. The piping will be removed for 2 days soon while a ...
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Milwaukee M18 hammer drill: whining noise, doesn't break when releasing trigger and seems to run hot

The title pretty much sums it up. I've had it for about 4 years. Best tool I own by far. Heavily used, but I always try and take care of it. I few months ago I noticed that it doesn't seem to ...
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Can i use larger/smaller circular saw blades on my circular / plunge / table / miter saw?

I own a plunge saw and a miter saw. Can I use blades from one saw on the other saw?
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How remove front bearing in dremel 398 rotary tool?

My Dremel (model 398) has a jammed front bearing probably due to too much dry wall cutting and not enough cleaning. I was shocked happy when I found several of those bearings (used) in my toolbox. I'm ...
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Remove Tight Decking Screws

I'm trying to remove 1 decking plank to access a blocked drain underneath. The decking was installed about 6 months ago (not by myself). The screws appear to have been countersunk far below the ...
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Is it OK to use an AC power supply with output voltage lower than specified on the original power supply to recharge a cordless tool?

I need a new power supply for my Black and Decker GS500 3.6V DC cordless grass clipper. I have not been able to find a Black and Decker replacement power supply. The original power supply label shows ...
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Why won't my circular saw blade tighten on the spindle?

The blade on my Craftsman circular saw will not tighten down and consequently slips on the spindle. I've tried packing the bolt with a washer and it didn't help. Can't find anything online so this ...
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What does a Mitre Saw offer that a Table Saw does not?

I have a range of MDF Panels and strips of Solid Wood that I would like to turn into Picture Frames. As such, each piece of MDF/Wood will need to have a 45-degree angle cut into each end. In order ...
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What do the diagnostic flash codes of Milwaukee tool battery packs mean?

When I press the fuel gauge button on my Milwaukee M28 battery pack for a bit longer (some seconds), the four fuel gauge LEDs start to blink out what seems to be diagnostic codes. I just tried it ...
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Chargers for NI-CD versus NI-MH batteries

Is it safe to use an original DeWalt 9 volt battery charger (DW9118) made for NI-CD batteries on a non-OEM NI-MH type 9 volt battery made for DeWalt products?
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Feasibility of using 18V batteries to power AC tools

I have a few (working) 18V batteries (Makita, LXT) and I would like to be able to power some AC (220V) power tools with them. Many of the AC power tools have electronic control and simply applying DC ...
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What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard?

It's 38mm thick. Next week I will need to cut it along a straight line, and I would like the cut to be as straight and clean as possible. What tools do I need to do this ?
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How/why is a driver better at screws than a combi drill?

The first decent power tool I bought was a DeWalt combi drill. It's good but I know contractors always have dedicated tools and it seems other than convenience switching bits, a driver is just better ...
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Could a long time in storage cause my Black+Decker circular saw to lose power?

I have a 15amp Black+Decker Circular Saw about 8-10 years old (with a cord). I used it once when it was first purchased, and it has been stored ever since. I went to cut a 2x4, plugged it in and the ...
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Fixing broken cast aluminum?

My drill press was dropped and the table broke off. The break is shown in the picture. Nothing got bent out of shape the table part fits this break perfectly. Is there a reasonable way to re-attach ...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

This may be the stupidest DIY question ever, but I want to make sure before I return it: is this non-ferrous metals saw blade faulty? In the picture, see where one of the titanium carbide teeth seems ...

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