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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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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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Can I use an 8" dado blade set in a 10" table saw?

I have a 10" table saw... this is probably a stupid question, but can I use an 8" dado blade set in this saw? Is one only supposed to use 10" blades in a 10-inch saw? I read on some contractor's ...
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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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How do I fix a sewer snake cable that has kinked inside the spooler cage?

I had to snake out my sewer this weekend and rented a large sewer snake from the hardware store. When I hit the problem area the cutting tip on the end of the cable apparently got stuck and I didn't ...
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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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How can I inexpensively sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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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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Will neodymium magnets harm my power drill battery?

I glued some magnets onto my power drill battery to use for storing drill bits on - but will the magnets affect the battery life?
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How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?

I recently bought a Bosch PSB 500 RE power drill and already I kinda screwed up the machine. The chuck is keyless, consisting of two parts which I'll refer to as the head and the base. You would ...
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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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Is it safe to charge a DeWALT 18v battery if the charger emits a whining noise

I have 1 DeWALT 18 volt NiCd batteries. One charges without incident. If I attempt to charge the other, a whining noise is emitted from the battery or charger. Is it safe to attempt to charge this ...
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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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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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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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Tile removing with a rotary hammer

I need to remove about 100m² of ceramic tiles, mostly floor tiles. We have floating concrete floors and brick walls. At the moment I have a Bosch rotary hammer (SDS Plus, about 3Joule impact energy). ...
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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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Drill Bit Accessory Identification

I have a set of DeWalt drill bits, and there was one piece included that I don't know the use for. Pictures (quarter for scale): The set includes a magnetic sleeve as well, but don't think it is ...
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What gasket material to repair a pneumatic nail gun?

I've got a consumer-grade, 18 gauge pneumatic brad nailer that just blew a gasket. It's a discontinued model with no repair parts available. The gasket I'm referring to, labelled as part 9 on the ...
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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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What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?

For the most part my hedge trimmer was doing a really great job. I did have a little trouble with the thicker stems, so I would swing the trimmer at the stems while cutting, which helped. However, 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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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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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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Bostitch BT 1855 nail gun doesn't drive nails

I have a jam on my Bostitch 18 gauge finish nailer. It basically fires air. Plunger is not retracting NOR extending. I removed the cap on top and added some oil but looks like the trigger is not ...
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Does Makita multi-tool DTM51 have a real Starlock mount

I own a Makita oscillating multi-tool DTM51 but the question is valid for more Makita models. The multi-tool is compatible with Starlock blades, it is shipped with a lot of these. But the mounting ...
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Powering battery powered tools from the power grid

I have a number of Ryobi One+ tools that have enough power and quality for me in most cases. They all share the same 18V battery form factor which means that I can invest in 2-3 batteries and use them ...
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Dewalt circular saw, motor works but blade doesn’t turn

Dewalt DCS570 7 1/4” 20 volt cordless circular saw. I was cutting 3/16” panels and after a few cuts the blade quit turning yet the motor still works fine. I pulled the blade off and everything looked ...
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Husqvarna Leaf Blower running erratic

I put new carb, fuel line, filter and plug and it is still not running right. The model is 125v. Listen to the video. It sounds like it is missing.https://youtu.be/JOWy6WD3uWY
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Small compressor and mini hvlp spray gun vs powered spray gun

I am starting a DIY project of painting my cycle frame. After experimenting with spray cans I realised that it's very expensive and also pressure from can is not consistent. Due to limited budget I ...
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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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Should I get a keyed chuck for cordless drill?

I am thinking of getting a Milwaukee M18 fuel drill/ driver combo. The drill is insane with 750in-lbf of torque. It comes with a hand tighten chuck though. My other Milwaukee corded screwdriver has ...
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Does an adapter exist that can convert a rotary tool in a oscillating multi-tool one?

I saw in the Internet a power tool with a proprietary attachment system that can transform the power base in a drill, in a cutter, in a jig saw, in a multi-too and so on... more than 10 different ...
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How can I square the end of a 4x4 post by grinding or sanding?

I have a piece of 4x4 with a very uneven cut at the end, and I want to make this end nice and flat. However, I am puzzled that there seem to be no popular tools for flat wood grinding. Sanding seems ...
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Remove a screw stripped head with the reverse and hammer function of a power drill, instead of a lefthanded drill bit?

I just learned about left-handed drill bits that can be used to removed screws with stripped heads. However, without those lefthanded drill bits available, can I use the normal (right-handed) drill ...
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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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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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Use an isolation transformer for outdoor power tools in wet weather?

Wet snow is forecast and I have a new, small electric snow blower. Would it be safer to run the snow blower using an isolation transformer as compared to just plugging the blower into a GFI outlet? (...

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