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Is there a piece of equipment that protects against vibration?

I'm doing a lot of work with a Sawzall reciprocating saw and the vibrations are very uncomfortable. After about 30 seconds, I have to stop because my arms are itchy from vibrating too much. In ...
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Why does my circular saw motor turn but the blade does not?

I have a McKellar circular saw. I was ripping up some old pallets for firewood. and thought the blade had jammed. I stopped, took the blade out of the work and tried again and the motor goes and the ...
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Can you use a power drill with the exchangeable screwdriver bits on a manual screwdriver?

If not, what is the difference between a screwdriver bit that is designed for a power tool versus the ones that come with a multi-bit screw driver set like these: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-...
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trying to save a cheap electric driller

I wanted to use an old electric driller that it's battery has worn down and i couldn't find a new battery. on the battery it says 7.2V. So i took a AC-> 7.5V DC 1A Transformer and used it in place of ...
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When splitting a 240v circuit, what happens to neutral's amperage?

My garage has very limited power with only one outlet that I share with 3 bathrooms and every outdoor outlet, 4 total, on a 20 amp breaker. (House hastily thrown together in 97' for your reference) I ...
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Is my impact driver normal?

I recently purchased a reconditioned impact driver from Bosch and everything is good except one bothering thing. When I try to countersink a screw, the clutch kicks in right before the screw head ...
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Can you get an “optionally cordless” or “hybrid” drill? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a new drill, but all of them seem to be corded or cordless. Are there drills that can either run cordless, or off the mains, depending on whether it's plugged in? It seems that ...
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How to change the blade on my mitre saw?

Helllo i just got a firestorm black and decker 10 inch mitre saw off one of my buddies for free because he upgraded. I was looking at some videos (none for this saw) and i couldn't figure out how to ...
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How do I install floating shelves on drywall using a drill?

I am installing some some floating shelves on drywall using a drill. What's the best way to ensure the shelves are a sturdy foundation that can support stacks of heavy books? Should I use a stud ...
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Starting to build up my tools collection, is 110v preferable over 240v?

I am just starting out on my first major project this weekend and I am looking at getting some new tools. I've had experience using plenty of 240v power tools, but now that I am looking at getting my ...
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How are mini drill bits mounted on a regular sized drill?

I have no prior knowledge of drilling but I've stripped a screw on one of my electronics so I need to drill it out to access the insides for a fix. From basic research, I understand that the 'drill ...
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Making a square - Joining two pieces of wood cut at 45 degrees with a circular saw

I am trying to create a 90 degree angle from two pieces of wood so that I can eventually create a squared enclosure. I have cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees with a circular saw's angle adjustment. ...
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Skillsaw 5150 - blade won't turn if blade stud tight but blade won't cut if any looser

Blade won't turn if blade stud tight as I would normally have it. Any looser though it won't cut and the blade stops once it makes contact with the wood but the motor is still running. I assume 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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What type of adapter should I use to turn a cordless drill in to a corded drill?

I have old Bosch PSR12 driver/drill that all NiCA are dead. I've modified it successfully to work as Corded after removing batteries and connecting 12V 1.5A (220v) adapter. The drill works but when I ...
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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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Increasing the Maximum Shank Dia [closed]

There is a device in my head that I know must exist, but I can't seem to find it. I own a drill. Kinda small. It has a small chuck so the shank dia of the drill bits that I can use is limited. Is ...
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Does a drill press or a hammer drill have more torque?

I've recently bought this hammer drill for the purpose of getting a drill press holder. I like my tools modular. I was about to get above type of drill press, when I checked my options for an actual ...
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Nail Gun for Framing and installing subfloor

I'm looking to buy a nail gun because I have a lot of framing and probably 90+ sheets of subfloor to install this summer 1) I would use 16d coated sinkers for the studs and 8d nails for the flooring, ...
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Do you need to oil the bushings in a doweling jig?

I got a second-hand doweling jig with no directions. It just seems wrong to spin a drill bit inside the bushing without some lubrication. I found several sites that don't say anything then one that ...
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Gold-standard drill make? [closed]

Craftsman:wrenches as BLANK:power drills What is the gold-standard power drill make? For general purposes/light carpentry.
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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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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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Switching drill batteries [closed]

I have a Porter-Cable 20 volt impact drill and circular saw... I just came across to 6 amp hour Milwaukee M18 batteries for free... I want to run my Porter-Cable impact off the M18 battery how do I ...
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Makita Power tools identification help

I hope I am in the right stackexchange domain for this question. I have acquired an old Makita SDS-MAX drill hammer in a garage sale for almost nothing because the rotor of the electrical engine is ...
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Should the cord on my miter saw have a grounding wire and plug?

I have inherited a chop saw, hooray, but it only has 2 prongs on it’s power cord. Is it safe to use? Is there a way to ground it? Thanks!
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Should the bit in my impact driver have free play?

I bought a cheap impact driver and I noticed that the bit is moving inside the chuck, like back and forth. Is this normal, like part of the hammer mechanism, or should the bit stay fixed?
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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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What is involved in replacing a missing speed selector on my two speed hammer drill?

I have a Bosch CSB 500-2 2 speed hammer drill for wood, concrete, and steel. As can be seen in the image below, the speed selection knob is missing. Would it be simply buying a new selector, which I ...
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Is it safer to buy a circular saw with the blade on the left or the right? I'm right-handed

I'm in the market for a circular saw and am right-handed. I was about to purchase one with a blade on the right b/c I've seen lots of pictures of right-handers (b/c their right hand is on the trigger) ...
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wood sander : sheet cannot hold in

I have this wood polisher a Bosch PSS240A. Issue is the the polishing sheet cannot stick at the front, even after locking it. Each time I'm starting to polish wood, the sheet is ok as you can see ...
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Is this 110v 1hp motor reversible by swapping leads?

When wired for 115v, is this motor reversible by swapping leads? http://i.imgur.com/nX7gCxX.jpg
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How do I avoid breaking the screwhead with Impact Driver

I am a total newbie on DIY woodcraft. I am trying to drill a screw in the wood using impact driver but the screw head breaks up. Do i need to put a hole on the wood first? What I do is directly use my ...
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Is there anything wrong with using a PC power cord for a miter saw?

I just bought a used miter saw that needs a new power cord. I found this one but $25 for a cord seems a bit steep. That "official" cord is 16AWG with two wires. I also found this one when I ...
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Can I use a 120 volt 50/60 Hz. tool on a 230 volt 50 Hz. circuit?

I want to get the Dewalt DW660 cut out tool, it has been made for the north american market so it runs on 120 volts. It has the following specs: 120V ~ 50/60 Hz 5 Amps 600 Watts The voltage ...
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Do I ever NEED to remove the angle grinder guard?

As the title says. Is it ever NEEDED to be removed? I read somewhere that when sanding or using the flat wire I should remove it, elsewhere I read that wire cup brushes must be used with a guard. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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Power Drill emits a bright spark and stops. Can fix?

I have one of these and I recently lent it to someone. Now when I tried it after a while, it runs for a second or two (if I press the trigger all the way), and then emits a bright spark or two from ...
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Porter Cable NiCd 18V batteries - Lithium replacements?

Does anyone here have any experience with these tools and battery options? What about chargers? I understand the need for a different charger; my specific question is whether anyone has experience ...
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How to make a cavity in a stone?

I'm installing a firewood rack outside, and want for one side of it to stand on a large stone we have there. The boulder is irregularly shaped and the metal legs of the rack may slip off -- so I'd ...
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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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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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How to avoid over tighten or stripping screws with an impact driver? [duplicate]

I got an impact driver last month, but I'm still afraid to use it for some stuff because I think I might over tighten the screw to the point of damaging one or both the parts or even strip the thread ...
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Miter saw tripping GFCI outlets

Recently I installed some 15A GFCI outlets in my basement to make using power tools more convenient, but quickly had problems with them tripping on my miter saw. This seemed extra odd since my miter ...
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Are these tools appropriate for a roofing project? [closed]

Okay so I have a 2 story house about 30 feet high and was wondering if this set up will work? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-20-Gal-175-psi-Quiet-Portable-Air-Compressor-C201H/206189626 http://...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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How do I file some steel spikes?

I have 50 steel rods that are 12in long. I would like to know how can I file the end so that its pointy like the image bellow.