Questions tagged [tools]

Tool (n) - 1. A mechanical device intended to make a task easier, 2. equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade, 3. Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means

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What is this thing that holds widespread bathroom faucet handle to sink? How do I tighten it?

I have a Pfister widespread bathroom faucet. As I was working on a leak and replacing the cartridge in one of the handles, I managed to loosen the other handle completely to where this part fell off: ...
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Please help me identify this old tool

Could someone please help me find out what kind of tool this is? The right arm is inscribed with (218 1/2)
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What is this attaching my toilet seat and how can I unscrew it?

I’m trying to unscrew my toilet seat but it seems to have been fitted with this plastic mechanism, which doesn't seem to want to be unscrewed. Do I need a special tool to remove it?
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Tabletop saw stops midway through chipboard

I am new to woodworking and I tried my ''new'' secondhand table saw (General LR63420 Model D) today. It cut through the first few chipboard boards just fine but then had a lot of trouble going through ...
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Verify existing torque on tightened bolt using a torque wrench

I have a couple of already counterclockwisely tightened bolts and would like to know how much they're torqued to in the first place. I know they're torque to at least 25Nm but how much more I don't ...
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How to cut many shallow grooves on the side of a square aluminium tube?

I would like to craft a slatted ventilation panel/grill like this: The frame will be made of square aluminium tubes (25 mm side, 3 mm thick). The slanting panes will be cut of 4 mm thick aluminium ...
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What is this tool with a notch at the end of a shaft?

It’s made of a single piece of steel or a steel alloy, has a handle and shaft with a notch at the end of the shaft. I tried a google search and even a google image search using the photo below but ...
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How can I unscrew the faucet nuts in the tight space behind my sink basin?

My bathroom faucet is dripping, and I would like to change the washers in it. The problem I am running into is the placement of the nuts holding the faucet valves in place: This is the underside of ...
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Is there a way to open this kind of ratchet with no visible screws and no visible retainer rings?

I'd like to know if this kind of ratchet with no visible screws is serviceable in anyway, i.e. if it can be at least opened to clean it. (The ring on the rear serves as selector). It tried prying up ...
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Why would a metal file have a cancer warning?

Every metal file at the hardware store bears a California Prop. 65 warning on the label. What could possibly be the cancer-causing agent in a solid metal file?
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Round or half-round files sold by radius?

I'm trying to find a half or full-round file of a particular diameter, but it seems to be rarely mentioned (and when it has been, they've been much smaller than I'm looking for). Are they just not ...
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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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What is the name of this recliner couch screw holder?

My Recliner Couch is missing a few of these Pieces that hold the screw in place between the metals. I am trying to get some new ones but I don' know what they are called and where I can buy them. Any ...
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Clean up muddy water left after hurricane

After Irma, 2 yrs ago, our floor was covered with a wet sticky mud. I used a massive amount of towels to clean it up. Now I am wondering if a wet dry vac( preferably with a pump ) would make the job ...
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How to remove a nail from inside a kitchen exhaust fan shroud?

I am trying to remove an old (1950s) kitchen exhaust fan shroud. I went into the attic thinking it was attached to the ceiling joists with mounting brackets but found no exposed fasteners whatsoever (...
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Will a hammer drill also fix screws?

I’ve just purchased my first home and have many improvements to make but seem to have way too many useless tools cluttering the garage and as they are outdated I’m looking to replace them for a multi ...
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Can anyone identify this tool for me

Hello I'm new here so not sure if this belongs here, if not please redirect me to the appropriate stack exchange. Now for the question does anyone know what this tool (thing) is? This has been ...
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What kind of tool do I need to access this bolt?

I would like to unscrew a nut that is in a pretty hard to access position. It is at the end of a very long screw, in a cramped space. There must be a tool that allows me to work on that nut, but I don’...
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Swivel adaptor for screw bits [closed]

I am looking for a swivel adapter that will allow the turning of screws at an angle. Can someone help me?
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Ikea 5x5 Kallax disassembly (cross dowels)

I want to disassemble my 5x5 Kallax, due to me moving. My Problem is, that there are dowels going vertically through 3 panels. See the manual Manual page 13 and onwards for a graphic description. How ...
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How to remove outdoor drain cover to clean insides and prevent overflow?

I want to know what tools I need to remove this drain cover. The insides are starting to get clogged and I'm afraid of overflow. Can I remove without sawing it off?
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What is this welding tool I found in my attic?

I believe this is used with welders because i found it inside a welding helmet.... Could somebody tell me what this is exactly?
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What is this seven inch long tool?

What is this? The metal strip is 7 inches long. There is a small hook in the end. The other end is just a plastic handle.
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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I didn't find it here. I've read a number of websites and there always seem to be a little fluff and maybe this favorite tool or that. I'm thinking ...
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How to laser-level close to a surface

Many self-leveling lasers, including my Bosch GCL 2-160, have a limitation when used to level a ceiling or a floor: the horizontal laser beam often cannot get within several inches of the ceiling or ...
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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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300mm diamond blade suitable for hard 100mm flint nodule/pebble concrete

I've got a 100mm 1920s subfloor slab to break up and remove, about 2x4m. The nearby surrounding masonry is fragile and I really want to avoid a breaker if I can, as there's considerable concern about ...
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“Axle cap”: what is it called and how to remove it?

I've put together a wagon for a child, but I've messed up something. Now I need to remove a plastic cap that has metal bits inside and that goes over the end of the wheel axle. A spare part of this ...
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What's the name of these pliers?

My grandfather called them "order clerk pliers" but can't find that name anywhere on the internet. The brand is Sargent but I can't find anything else about them. The "bolt cutter" like snip at the ...
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Demolishing large concrete patio slabs

My new (1950s) house has large -- e.g., one is 3.5 feet by 8.5 feet by 5 inches -- concrete slabs in our back yard. I'd like to remove them but don't know which tool(s) to use. Could this be done ...
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Axle with Square Edges and Round ends? [closed]

This is a picture of the underside of my weed whacker/eater. I'm wanting to purchase the "socket" which connects to the Axle below. But I'm not sure what you would call this part. Can someone help ...
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Small Clearance Square Bit

I'm trying to take apart an old bed frame. The fasteners are square head bolts, but they're tucked away with only 1/2" of clearance to access them. I can't find square head bits shorter than an inch, ...
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What tool is used to tighten a short pipe nipple?

What tool is used to tighten a short 1/2” x 1 1/2” nipple that screws into a shower valve behind the wall? Well a nipple extractor work if you turn it in the opposite direction (clockwise )?
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what do you call a vise with a slot in it for a saw?

This vise has a slot so you can saw the thing you’re clamping. What do you call this kind of vise?
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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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Turning a hard to access nut?

Working on the propane conversion of my gas stove. One of the orifices to be changed is in a very hard to access location - shown in the photo. The orifice is the "nut" I'm referring to, which you can ...
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Framing nails: ring shank .120 vs smooth shank .131?

Building code calls for 3" x .131 nails for wall framing. I wanted to use ring shank which have a better hold, but I can't seem to find RS in .131. Whenever we go to RS, the diameter drops to .120. ...
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I need to drive a 7/16" nut but am unsure how to use the socket I bought for my screwdriver

I have this 7/16" hex nut (in front) and I tried to order in amazon an adapter that can make my 1/4 hex bit torque screwdriver drive it. When I received the package. It was all wrong. The 7/16" was ...
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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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What tool to tighten nut on kitchen faucet?

I'm not sure what the name of this nut is, but it has come loose. I have a "basin wrench ratchet head" that goes on my socket set ratchet with a long arm but it can't get purchase because it is too ...
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I’m trying to replace my doorknobs

Help! I am trying to replace my lock with a new lock that I bought at bunnings and I’m here with my screwdriver but look at this what kind of screwdriver do I need for this! What is this. I’m very ...
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Ground rod driver for very large ground rods?

I have a large Jack/Demolition hammer I use this to pound very large ground rods/stakes into the soil. These rods are those over 1” in diameter. The largest rod driver I can find will fit 1” ...
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What kind of drill bit is this?

This is a drill bit I got in a kit that included brad point bits, masonry bits and regular drill bits, all without instructions or labels. At first, I thought the ridges were meant to make screw ...
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What is the term for an adjustable spanner with the opening at the side?

I have in the past used (but do not currently own) adjustable spanners where the jaws are on the side of the handle so the nut enters from the side. Similar in layout to a pipe wrench but without the ...
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Which is a more versatile tool that can do more things other tools can't: Jigsaw or Trim (Palm) Router?

I can choose between a combo including either a jigsaw or a handheld trim router. I like to do various DIY projects at home so I enjoy using different tools. I have a few tools including drill, impact ...
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How can I loosen a hard-to-reach square nut whose holder is broken?

I've been attempting to disassemble a generator at work to replace the starter cord. Being a suitcase-type generator, it's proved to be excessively painstaking. However, it's almost apart - I just ...
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Can someone please tell me the name or purpose of this tool? Thanks

Please identity this tool. Thanks.
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What kind of screw is this and how do I open it? [closed]

These are screws all over my pc casing. I would like to open them but I dont know how, sorry for the bad quality picture, but I cant take a better one. How do I open them? EDIT: As people have ...