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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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How to cut exact and identical rectangles with a circular saw?

Following this question What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard? , I bought a circular saw. So far, I used it to make long straight cuts which didn't require high ...
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Is the 60T blade that came with my Dewalt DWS780 miter good for general purpose cutting?

I recently bought a Dewalt DSW780 12" sliding compound miter saw, along with 60T and 96T diablo blades. My question is, should I keep the blades? Is the 60T blade that came with the saw good enough? ...
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Regulating voltage at end of 200 foot 120 V AC extension cable

I am needing to drill some anchor bolts into concrete using an electric Hammer Drill (Electrical Rating 120VAC / 60Hz / 10A). I am working in a warehouse, and the worst case scenario, the furthest ...
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Should I rebuild or just replace worn out cordless tool batteries?

I have a couple of older Porter Cable 19.2v Ni-Cd batteries which have worn out. In shopping around for replacements, I've noticed there are a number of businesses which offer to rebuild your ...
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Will I have to chuck my Drill Press Chuck?

The Drill Press in question is a Wen 4214. I had originally seated the chuck by tapping it with a hammer by way of a piece of scrap and then, for good measure, pressed it into a piece of scrap. It's ...
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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 a Dremel Circle Cutter be used on 20mm thick wood?

Will the Dremel Circle Cutter cut through 20mm wood? Its just regular wood am using. The product details page on the Dremel site just states: Depth adjustment allows easy setting of the correct ...
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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 can I fix the guard on my mitre saw?

I've owned an Evolution Rage-3 mitre saw (http://www.evolutionpowertools.com/uk/build/rage3.php) for about fifteen months. About a week ago the guard that covers the blade started to stick, and now it ...
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Can I plug a 15A snow thrower into a 15A receptacle?

I'm planning to buy a snow thrower with a 15A motor in it. I have an outside receptacle that's rated for 15A and so is the breaker in the electrical panel. I'm wondering if this will work without ...
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Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?

I'm getting ready to place laminate flooring in a room with a brick fireplace. As per Mike's recommendation here, I'd like to use my Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut a space in the base of our brick ...
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What size ratchets do I need to assemble some new equipment?

I recently purchased a power rack and various other bits and pieces for the home gym. In the instruction manual the nuts and bolts on the hardware list state the following sizes: 1/2" × 3 - 1/2" 1/2" ...
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I need a tool that hogs off stock to fix the side of a panel

I need to fix a panel and this is exactly what I need but i don't know what its called. Can someone help me out? https://youtu.be/teQYBrA7sX0?t=3m50s
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What router bearing can I use to reduce groove depth?

I order this 3/32 slotting bit from Amazon. Shank size 1/4, depth of cut up to 9/16. I only need 3/8 depth (slightly over is ok), but I could not find the right bearing. There are router bearing sets ...
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Why would angle grinder cutting wheels of the same diameter have different thickness?

Cutting wheels for the same diameter angle grinder can have different thickness. For example, 125 millimeters wheels can be 0,8 or 1,0 or 1,2 or 2,5 or 3,0 millimeters thick. I've tried several ...
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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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Can I use a rotary tool to sharpen knives and other blades?

Anybody used Dremel effectively to sharpen knives and things like chisels and scrapers? What kind of bits are good for that application? Also, what do you call an electromotor that is clamped to a ...
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Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4

I am building a ladder similar to the one pictured. I want to cut hand-hold holes like the ones in the image. I am horrible with a jig-saw, and I don't think I could ever get them looking as nice as ...
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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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How to slightly enlarge a worktop hole for replacement kitchen sink

The task I am replacing my kitchen sink. The existing sink sits in a rectangular hole (with rounded corners) in the kitchen worktop. The worktop is about 1½" (40mm) thick and is made of some kind of ...
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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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removing tree roots without stump grinder

I am installing a sprinkler system in my backyard but a thick tree root is crossing a pipe path. This tree was actually removed last year (cut & stump grinding) and the tree roots are the ...
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Why did my angle grinder die?

I was recently using a Bosch angle grinder but it had been 'sputtering' intermittently; and then during one session, taking the burrs off an edge, it slowed down and just stopped. Now it won't turn on....
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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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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How safe is this power configuration?

I have a regular 2 socket, 15 amp outlet in my garage. I need to run my miter saw and shopvac at the same time, the saw draws 15A and the shopvac 8.5A. I've currently been running them off one ...
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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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My first jig saw; is this blade fitted right? Black & Decker BDEJS600C

Just purchased a jig saw for minor renovation work, Black & Decker BDEJS600C. Came with a single blade (116-1 HCS), trying to fit the darn thing in its holder, but something doesn't look right. ...
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When is variable speed important in an angle grinder?

I'm ready to buy an angle grinder. My first use will be to "dress" a blacksmith anvil by grinding the face flat and square with a flapper wheel and also rounding some sharp edges. But I want a ...
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Corded vs Cordless Drill [duplicate]

I have the intension of buying a Drill, At shops, I see the corded and cordless Types, Although the cordless drill is more handy and portable, I always have a little doubt about that it's ...
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Can I realistically replace my drill with a rotary hammer?

I find myself needing to do more and more stucco and concrete chipping work that is suitable for purchasing a rotary hammer. Can anyone here tell me if such tools can entirely replace a normal drill? ...
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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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Can I use an electric plane to to smoothen large boards/planks?

I'm working as carpenter with a lot of recycled wood which I plane on a circular saw (Bosch GTS 10 XC) from both sides (in both senses) which has an acceptable result, but is never perfectly straight ...
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Setup for attaching drywall to metal studs

What type of screwdriver setup is best to use for attaching drywall to nonstructural steel studs? Yesterday, I tried using my dedicated drywall screwdriver with fine-threaded drywall screws (which ...
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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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Cheap power tools for large number of cuts of aluminium profile lengths

I need to make some 200 cuts of aluminium profiles. Examples of what I'll be cutting: Hollow box profile, 40mm x 40mm x 3mm: 40 pieces of 400mm lengths 12 pieces of 1500mm lengths Hollow box ...
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How can I replace a NEMA 6-30 cord & plug with a NEMA 14-30 cord & plug?

I recently purchased a used SA-6E compressor from a dive shop I work with. I had to switch out the NEMA 6-30 plug to a NEMA 14-30. This was done with a complete new plug and cable. I connected the ...
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Which is better/safer for cutting concrete slab, hammer drill or angle grinder?

I have to cut a 100x500 mm hole in a concrete slab that is about 80-100 mm thick. I think that I have two options to do that: 1) 9" angle grinder with segmented diamond disc: cut the long sides, then ...
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D Grip vs Barrel Grip Jigsaws

I've been looking into getting a new jigsaw and I've noticed that there are two grip types, barrel and D grip. I've looked around and I don't see any good explanation about the differences. Are there ...
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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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Router table: bit positioning and guard?

I bought the Craftsman fixed-based router + table for DIY home projects. I am in the process of getting familiar with the router/table operation + safety rules. I have the following questions. ...
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Differences in capability between cross-cut, plunge, and traditional circular saws?

I just purchased a new house that needs a lot of work. I'm looking to purchase my first circular saw. I'm in Europe and like Mafell, but I'm struggling to understand the trade-offs between their: ...
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Dremel rotary tool: Grinding holes in hardened plastic

I want to cut/drill/grind a small drainage hole (maybe more than one) in through the base of a plastic terrarium. I don't have a drill on hand but I have a Dremel Micro rotary tool. Is it alright to ...
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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 do I remove the carbon brush holders from my HD 77 Skil saw?

How do I remove carbon brush holders from a Skil Saw model HD-77 ? I have removed the set screws from the casing that retain the brush holders. The The motor casing is split to view the holders ...
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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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Can a drywall screwdriver be used as a regular power screwdriver?

I will be buying (or renting) a drywall screwdriver, I want to save a bit and have a tool that can be used for woodworking later, can it be used? Is it too low torque (I guess it is about 7 Nm) for ...
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Alternatives to circular saw for cutting 2x6 wood?

I need to make straight cuts to several 2x6" pieces of wood and I don't have a circular saw. I was checking several stores and a decent circular saw costs over $70. What alternatives do I have for ...
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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 ...