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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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How do I tighten this screw at the bottom of an upright of a plate tree?

I'm wondering how to tighten this screw. I can hold one side with a wrench, but the other side seems to require a screwdriver. But with the wrench I get so much more leverage that it's impossible to ...
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What kind of wrench can turn a nut in a recessed area?

I'm in a bit of a pickle here, so I'm replacing the bolts on my diving board, and I noticed that the brace is bent, in such a way that makes it hard to tighten the nut. There was barely enough space ...
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Can I use clamp rings and PEX-B fittings on Pex-A tubing?

My house has PEX-A tubing with a mix of expansion ring and sharkbite fittings. Multiple sharkbites have leaked, and having them replaced by a plumber is very expensive so I'm looking to do the rest ...
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Sand paper installation on Craftsman 1/2 sheet sander

How to load sandpaper on an old Sears Best half sheet sander? I don't see any levers to push or pull. Do I use adhesive-backed papers? Model 126162.
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What tool can I use to cut through this material behind drywall?

I'm trying to find a water leak behind a wall. My oscillating multitool cut through the drywall nicely but there seems to be a thick sheet behind it. How do I cut through that? Just force the ...
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Long contour scribe?

The scribes that I have found/seen online are all small: a few inches. I would like one with a reach of at least twelve inches. Will I likely need to construct one myself? The immediate purpose is to ...
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Purpose of bolts/hinge on side of bolt cutters

What is the purpose of the bolts and hinge on the side of these bolt cutters?
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Crap screwdrivers packaged with self assembly furniture [closed]

What is the "official" name for these and where might I be able to buy more? Apologies if this is off topic, but figured the people here would know what I am talking about. Edit: Sorry, let ...
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What is this squeezable hand tool with various inserts?

Trying to figure out what this is for?
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Brushes and rollers for polyurethane over exposed brick

I am looking for recommendations what type of brushes and rollers are best to apply two coats of oil-based polyurethane over this exposed brick wall. E.g. should I use a regular angled brush like I ...
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Do oscillating multitool blades that will cut 3-1/2" deep exist?

I need to cut out some rotten house framing. It is an exterior wall with stucco attached. The challenge is in cutting through the top plates. Since I cannot cut them at the same location, I need to be ...
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Tightening a newel post bolt in a tight space

I have a couple of newel posts on my stairs that have gotten wobbly over the years. In an attempt to tighten them up, I removed the plugs at the bottom of the posts to access the bolts holding them to ...
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Drill bits for metal work? Why cant I seem to find ones that last?

Looking for some recommendations on drill bits for use with metal. I have a decent Drill Press that has a 500-3100RPM range, I use oil, etc. I’ve been trying to drill 3/8” holes in T-Bar Fence posts/...
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What is the appropriate tool to push at a center and pull on both sides to disassemble a seized object?

The part pictured below is a car part, but I'll likely get many more ideas on this site rather than on mechanics.SE. Since they pour (literally) hundreds of thousands of tons of salt on the roads in ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I had got my wood screw pack from AliExpress but it’s from Home Depot and I believe Everbilt is at least not a random brand. Yet many of the screws just break if I screw ...
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How can I turn these table leg attachment screws?

I bought a used table and the screws holding it together are of a kind that I've never seen before. Unfortunately, some of them are loose and I need to tighten them. They are impossible to turn with ...
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What is the right tool to act as a miniature vise? [closed]

After using my (fancy brand name) sunglasses maybe 20 times, one arm is annoyingly loose—in the vertical direction. I'd still like to get more use out of them before replacing. All the optician was ...
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Tool/cable for testing refrigerant lines for crushing (not leaks)

I have a flat in a new building and I want to install AC. The construction company has already installed the lineset for a multisplit system. These are brick walls, covered with plaster and finished ...
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What are these metal doohickeys?

These two metal doohickeys were in a small sealed plastic bag in my garage. They're about 3 inches long. Anyone know what they are?
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Is it easy to shorten (cut) this ABS pipe and if yes, how?

I have an ABS standpipe coming out of the wall for the washer drain. I’d like to insert a wye (for condensate pump) and ideally I’d like to shorten the pipe such that the total length remains the same....
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Why does this bubble level have spirit tubes in pairs?

Please can someone explain the function of this level? Why the two torpedo tubes beside one another and why don't they match?
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Can anyone identify this old tool?

Found this in a box of junk and not sure what it is.
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Stihl FS 55 Trigger Problem

I have a Stihl FS 55 weed eater. The trigger is no longer loose and easy to use. There is also a long black plastic piece on the top near the on/off switch that snapped off. The trimmer still works, ...
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What is this tool used for and what is it called?

What is this tool called and what is it used for? I have searched for the product number on Biltema without luck as the number is not visible anymore. Contacting Biltema with the same pictures also ...
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What weight of dead blow hammer is best of pounding together a large number of plastic crate kits [closed]

I need to assemble a large number of aquablox plastic water matrixes (they are essentially milk crates that snap together) and the instruction video says that a dead weight hammer is best. What weight ...
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How to straighten a crooked bench grinder arbor?

I finally got sufficiently annoyed by my bench grinder's violent vibrations. I took off the discs and discovered that the little discless stubs are already wiggling themselves quite substantially. ...
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What is this specific tool?

Can anyone identify this? My best guess was some kind of tool for opening drain clean outs maybe? The inside says “C.A. Inc.” and “D” which I am guessing is a size.
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I don't know what it is. The only similar thing I found was a silversmith tool but this has a point on it and doesn't have the square thing on bottom [closed]

This was in a box of wrenches I bought but I don't know what it is. The only similar thing I found was a Blacksmith/silversmith tool but this has a point on it and doesn't have the square thing on the ...
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Tools for removing ceramic tile baseboard from concrete wall?

I want to replace my tile baseboard with a PVC one, from what I gathered I should be able to remove it with a chisel or a crowbar but I've tried with a chisel and all I can do is chip away the ceramic ...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten this bolt in a really awkward spot?

Trying to attach a ladder leveler to my ladder. I need to hold the bolt from one side while tightening nut on the other. Bolt side has the parts from the leveler in the way. Nut side has walls on both ...
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What does this dial on my wire stripper do?

I recently got a wire stripper online which has a slightly more robust version of the 'hold both ends of a wire and pull' mechanism for stripping wire. It works great, but it has a bit of a mysterious ...
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Can anyone tell me what this tool is?

I work for the Forest service and this strange tool just showed up. Can't figure out what it is. Maybe a saw chain measuring tool or tree sight?,
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Should I be wearing hearing protection when using a regular hammer? [closed]

When a hammer strikes an object, the kinetic energy of the hammer is rapidly deposited in the struck object and released all at once. I once read somewhere that this can cause a high impulse of sonic ...
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What tap do I need for this application?

I have some wire shelving units that I would like to extend the poles on to make them taller. The shelves are composed of two vertical poles that are female threaded on one end. The poles are ...
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What justified getting bigger vacuum pump for HVAC?

I have noticed HVAC vacuum pumps come in CFM ranging 3-10 (maybe wider). What determines whether you need more CFM, is it the size of your system (tons) or the poundage of refrigerant, the length of ...
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What is this round metal bar, 1" by 34"?

The knob on the end kind of makes it look like a handle, but when held in my hands, smallish, it doesn't feel like it was made to be a handle. Google image search didn't provide anything similar. What ...
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What router bits do I buy?

I have bought this router: https://www.dewalt.co.uk/product/dcw604nt-xj/18v-xr-brushless-8mm-14-router-bare-unit I assume the "8mm" in the description refers to the size of the bit I can use....
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Info about this old riveting gun from West Germany? [closed]

Found a cute hand tool in a shed. Reverse image search suggests it's a riveting gun. One side says "Intern(i)et W. Germany", the other says "NZ-3". I'm not usually into riveting, ...
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How to add new drain auger (snake) attachments?

Problem: Clogged outside 3 inch drain pipe. No trees in the yard but it feels like there might be mulch and packed dirt in the drain (the yard previously had a lot of mulch and house is built 2021). I ...
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Morse Taper 1 to ER32 or ER40 collet holder - make?

I have a small vintage benchtop lathe with a MT1 taper in the headstock. I've been using a modern ER16 collet perfectly well with this setup for a couple of years, but it only goes up to 10mm. I ...
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What is this wire stripping tool connected to a drill called?

In this YouTube video the poster has a quite ingenious wire stripping setup connected to a drill. Was wondering what that was called and whether such a thing can be purchased?
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Is there any good method of sharpening these things?
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What is this item with many small gadgets on a keyhole-shaped ring?

I found this in a tool box when I was cleaning out my dad's garage. Does anyone know what it is and it's used for? It says kirsch in the inside. I don't know if there all exactly the same size but I ...
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Is it safe to install plumbing fittings with a battery powered impact wrench?

I'm using Uponor brass fittings to connect to old galvanized Pipe. Some of these fittings are very hard to get to because they're near the eve of the house -- maybe even impossible. I'm wondering if ...
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Is it safe to detach and reattach this propane hose with a household wrench?

I'm wondering if it would be safe to use a household wrench to detach (and reattach) this propane hose at the coupling indicated by the yellow arrow if I've shut off the gas supply at the propane tank ...
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How (not) to treat the surface of a precision ruler?

I made the mistake of leaving my Starrett ruler in a damp, cold workshop and develop a small patch of rust. To compound this mistake, I decided to dip it in rust-remover. As you can see, I turned my ...
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C-clips removal and installation on spray equipment

Dealing with C-clips when cleaning spray guns frustrates me. I lose them, bend them, gouge my fingers, scratch my equipment, and sometimes give up. Is there a recommended way of working with them that ...
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What is this cylindrical spring-containing drill-set accessory?

A collection of drill bits contains three elements like the one in the picture below. It's about 30mm high. 15mm outer diameter, and marked "ADW". Internally it contains a spring with some ...
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Testing phone installation without phone service

Is there a way, such as a simulation tool, that would allow me to test some phone wiring + outlets without having actual phone service? A device that would fake signal from one end to another?
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How to remove this lock in order to change the door knob?

I am trying to change a door knob but first I need to remove the lock. There seems to be a kind of nail that is visible on both sides of this piece (see pictures), but it is stuck. I tried to hit it ...
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