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Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?

Assume 100 ft lb on the socket for impact driver and 300 ft lb on the socket for impact wrench, what's appropriate for driving 3" lag screws? Would an impact wrench break the screw? If the torque is ...
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How to take the sandpaper off of a Makita palm sander

I need to know how to take the old sandpaper off a palm sander (Makita model B04553). It is not mine so I am unsure, but there are four latches that I have lifted, thinking that it will loosen and ...
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making shallow angle in wood

I'm thinking how to make a shallow angle - not too important what it is - in wood plank about 3'7" long (see cross section below). I was thinking maybe a power planer might do but they're for making ...
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Drilling a 1-1/8" hole in plastic with a Dremel

Forgive me for being a complete beginner to this; I have a Dremel 3000 with the standard complement of attachments, and it's been useful to sand some items and brush up others. I have a piece of ...
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My drill can't cut a circular hole in wood - do I need a more powerful drill?

I have an electric cordless drill that my father handed down to me. Recently, I needed to drill a hole in a desk to allow for computer cables to pass through. I bought an appropriate drill bit, ...
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What is this metal pipe between the motor and tank on my upright air compressor, and why is it HOT?

So, I have an upright compressor (pictured below) that has a metal pipe leading from the motor to the tank. I had my compressor running and an air line was resting up against this tube and it has ...
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Should I be worried if grease leaks from inside the new electric drill?

I've just received my newly ordered drilling kit (Skil 6513 550 watts 13 mm Impact Drill). I found some sort of grease or oil around the chuck (on its surface) as soon as I opened the package and ...
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What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...
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Rotary hammers, how many joules to hammer through concrete slab?

I'm in need to buy a rotary hammer to make some holes in a slab about 12 cm thick of armed concrete. The holes will be between 5 and 10 cm in diameter, so I will have to hammer a round opening instead ...
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Is it safe to cut throught a 70mm spruce beam with a Metabo jigsaw?

I have this jigsaw: Metabo Ste 90 SCS (610 watts). So far, I'm using it to cut 1cm to 2cm thick wood, and it's a great tool. I know that the right tool to cut this beam would probably be a miter ...
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How can I test if my powertool is getting enough electricity?

Suppose I bring a powertool over to a community center (or a relative's home) to volunteer on a project. How can I determine if my tool is getting enough electricity (supposing other loads on the ...
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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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Are router bit imperfections normal?

I just got my first router and purchased some Freud bits for it. However, I noticed that a few of them have pitting at the base where the cutter joins the shank. Is this normal for router bits, or is ...
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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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Want to know how hex bit shank works and the history behind it's design

I have tried to search this in google but I haven't found a complete explanation, so I ask this here. I also have read other answers related with hex bit socket, but it still not satisfied. How the ...
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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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Converting appliances from 120v -> 240v

I've been getting U.S. appliances sent to E.U. where the voltage is doubled. I'm using autotransformers so they can work, but this isn't ideal. I do this to save money. EU retailers add their ...
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Should I repair or replace a wheezing circular saw?

I have a hand-me-down Craftsman circular saw that is probably from the 1970s. It mostly works fine, but makes a grinding wheezing noise when decelerating after power has been cut (finger taken off ...
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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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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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Use of a cordless drill

I recently bought a Makita cordless drill w/no battery i have a battery for this model but it says it uses a NiCd battery which mine isnt. can i still use this battery? Thanks
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Inflating wheelchair tires to 90 PSI

I'm looking for a way to easily fill my wheelchair tires to 90 psi. I understand that I don't understand all the technical stuff I should consider when buying a small compressor or a tire inflator, ...
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Questions about drill features

I'm planning to buy a corded drill but after shopping I have some questions about features. I'm not a contractor, just a DIY'er. I'll be drilling holes from the smallest size to several inches in ...
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What factors are important when selecting a rotary tool?

I'm fairly new to the DIY scene, so to say that my working knowledge of any power tool is minimal is an understatement! I'm currently embarking on a DIY project that requires cutting acrylic boards, ...
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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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Which type of site tool box/vault is most secure

I've been investing quite a lot of money in power tools trying to up my game in the world of carpentry construction and feel that's it's just a matter of time before I lose the lot to thieves unless I ...
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Will hex shank drill bit fit a 3 jaw chuck?

Is it possible to fit a hex shank drill bit (masonry) onto a 3 jaw chuck ?
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Need new converter or special hose?

I would like to connect my bike nozzle to a new compressor I just bought. However the compressor have an odd (?) connector. Can someone from the pictures below see if I need to buy a new converter ...
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How do I tell which drill kit will be useful and suit best for DIY requirements? [closed]

I believe Skil's drill kit works best for electrical and masonry requirements and a smart hand tool kit from Skil for almost all plumbing related issues. These two products make a good combination ...
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Is there a Dremel attachment for removing Gorilla Glue?

I find myself having an on-off love affair with Gorilla Glue but can't quite commit to it. It's the mess due to the foaming behaviour during cure. I try to glue small things together with it and ...
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Can I run a pressure washer without detergent in the tank?

I've read through two manuals on two different pressure washers and neither of them actually say flat out that you must not run the pressure washer with the detergent tank being empty. They both say ...
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How can I cu a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together?

I am in the process of trying to figure out how to cut out a heart shape from wainscoting that has been nailed together. I want to leave the nailed wainscoting in tact. What power tool should I use?
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Can buffing and sanding attachments be used with a fixed speed powerdrill?

Have wondered about this possibility. I've seen some 'As seen on TV' ads where they sell all-in-one DIY power-tool kits which can act as a drill (reversible), power screw in/unscrew, hammer, buffing, ...
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What size drill motor should I buy?

Looking to buy a non-professional (occasional home DIY use) multi-purpose power-drill like the 'Skil' range by Bosche (although I am open to other brand / makes that fit my budget). I have an option ...
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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 can I test my drill and batteries for faults?

Apologies if this is off-topic. I was given a used standard cordless 12v drill and 2 batteries, without the battery charger. The drill didn't work at all with one battery, and just turned slowly for ...
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Are finishing bits sold as such?

One of the answers for another question of mine recommended using a finishing bit in my router to leave about 1/16" protrusion remaining to be sanded. When I search for "finishing bit" though I can't ...
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Can I use 6“ hook and loop disks with a 5” sander?

A friend just gave me over a hundred 6" flat hook and loop disks. The only problem is, I've got a 5" orbital sander with dust collection which uses perforated sanding disks. Can I use these together ...
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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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are 15 degree and 16 degree coil nails interchangeable?

Will a fencing/siding nailer that accepts 16 degree coil nails also accept 15 degree nails, and vice versa?
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Would these 3 motors perform differently?

I've three older, used, 1 hp, 3450 rpm, Sears/Crafstman motors to choose from to run a used 10" table saw on a 110v power. None smell burnt. If they are all in equivalent decent shape, will they ...
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DeWalt Hammer Drill D25023 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

The Drill does not rotate but the hammer works. Is this something a DIY'er can take apart & fix? The drill is almost new so there is very little, if any, wear on the intermal parts. The front end ...
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Ryobi 18v. Lithium says fully charged but no energy

Recently I was using a Ryobi cordless drill to work on some drainage equipment. Unfortunately it caused a spill and a little water got on me and the drill. I did not think it was a lot of water (and I ...
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How can I remove the armature on my Porter Cable trim saw?

I have a Porter Cable model 314 trim saw. When using it the other day, it stalled in the cut. Ever since then, it sometimes will not turn on, but you can move the blade just a tad and will turn on. ...
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How much do I lose on Dremel power from a flex shaft

I would like to mount my Dremel 4000 so I can use it as a stationary tool, e.g. a self-made CNC. There are several pages on the web and many videos on youtube showing the Dremel fixed in a box-like ...
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Can oscillating multi-tools be used for fitting pattress boxes

I have a bunch of pattress boxes to fit for light switches and plug sockets and was wondering if my oscillating multi-tool could be of any use. I have a Bosch PMF 180 E Multi. Can this be used to cut ...
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Pneumatic die grinder or electric rotary tool

Between a pneumatic die grinder: and an electric rotary tool: What are the advantage/disadvantage between using each one? Also, which has more torque?
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Can I mount a router to the Ridgid R4510 table saw?

I'd like to purchase a Ridgid R4510 table saw, but I want to make sure I can mount a router under it. Should I be concerned with whether this specific table saw is going to allow it or do pretty much ...
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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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Should a power drill or impact driver be used to drive screws?

Pretty straight-forward. I thought it was absolutely normal and acceptable to use a power drill, with the appropriate bit(s), to drive a screw. However, there seem to be various opinions on the matter....