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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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Help Repair String Trimmer, Spring Compression Installation

I had an issue with my Black and Decker cordless 20V string trimmer, model LSTE525. It stopped working even when batteries had a charge. Upon investigation and removal of half the upper housing, I ...
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Fixed base cutoff wheel tool?

I need a fixed base machine for a 2" to 3" diamond cutoff wheel. Most typical tools for cutoff wheels are angle grinder type hand held units. I need a fixed base machine, basically a motor with an ...
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How can I make a rubber cover for my hammer?

I have a hammer (wooden handle with steel head) that I love (kind of an heirloom) and I like using it for lots of things. Its great for most jobs, but there are some things where I don't want the ...
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brass key like tool left in new house

I just bought a new home and I'm trying to figure out what this tool is for: Any ideas? I think it's for something in the bathroom, but I'm at a loss as to what.
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Spring/Coil tool that will add pressure/force to support holding object in place

I need a tool that will add pressure on a board to be able to support keep it in place. The design of the tool needs to allow other objects, the yellow board in this case, to wedge easily between the ...
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Alternative to a basin wrench?

I'm in need of a tool to tighten a nut such as shown below: Because of the tight space (area below the basin faucet), I'm never had success with the many wrenches that I used. At last, I came to know ...
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Disconnecting quick connect fitting while hose is pressurized

Tank is pressurized at 90psi. Attached to 50 feet 3/8 hose. Tool end of hose has a standard quick coupler. ( so its closed ) Is it "okay" to disconnect the male quick connect fitting from the tank? I ...
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How do I tighten an out-of-reach PVC pipe fitting?

A PVC pipe got pulled out of its fitting under my shower (don't ask!). It's been pushed back into position, but is out of reach by hand and not tight (causing a slow-drip). Above the pipe is a shower ...
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What type of wrench should I buy

I recently had to replace the ball valve from the picture. The plumber used a wrench similar to this to hold the plastic nut. Is a Stillson wrench good too? I want to buy tools to do such works ...
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What screws should I use for my floating Ikea bookshelf?

I recently purchased a floating bookshelf from Ikea. The following links are to the bookshelf and to the assembly directions of the bookshelf. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40103751/ ...
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Drilling a hole through Plexiglass (acrylic) [closed]

I need to make several pieces in acrylic (Plexiglass) as shown in the attached picture. Basically, squares of 300x300mm, with a hole going through (34 mm) and another concentric hole of 50 mm, which ...
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Manual methods to compact base for concrete?

I'm planning to pour a reinforced concrete pad and am looking for advice for how to compact the material underneath. A plate compactor would work - but can I get by without one? For instance, if I ...
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Trouble identifying this tool

G’day, I recently started a new job, and have come across in the toolbox this set of “pliers”. I’ve never seen these before, and I can’t find them anywhere online. Can someone tell me what they ...
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What is/are the advantages of leaf/book type storage over drawers

The book page/leaf idea looks appealing to me, but they don't seem very space efficient. My intuition is that when they are collapsed against the wall, there is quite a bit of space in there between ...
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Track Sagging Floor Over Time

We recently moved some furniture around in our 100+ year old house, and it's drawn attention to the fact that some of our floors aren't 100% level. I can't really tell if this is something that's new,...
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Hardwire vs Plug-In stationary power tools?

I have a large woodworking machine with a 5HP, 240VAC motor, requiring a 30A 240VAC branch circuit. The machine weighs about 1000 lbs and is stationary (not mounted on a mobile base). The machine will ...
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Is there a tool like a ratchet clamp but for pushing?

I am fixing a shelf in my closet. The shelf rests along a piece of wood nailed to the wall. That wood that is acting as a base for the shelf has separated from the wall. Apparently whoever built ...
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How might a person of limited strength pry embedded lumber out of soil?

I thought it was clear and follow up comments clarify , the boards are buried in 4" of mud with only 2" showing, how would a person of limited strength remove the boards? *EDIT** (to resolve ...
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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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Recommendation for a light duty screwdriver with a precise clutch [closed]

I've scoured the web looking for info on a good light duty screwdriver with a precise clutch but I cant sift through all the bs. I have a Milwaukee fuel m12 drill/driver which is great for the ...
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DIY Desk / DJ Stand from Acrylic

I have a tall stairwell leading up to my attic 'den' and I was thinking about building a table top onto the railings to create a space for some turntables, mixer and laptop. Initially I thought I'd ...
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How do I adapt my spiral ratcheting screwdriver to use with all bits?

I have a spiral ratcheting screwdriver like the one shown below. I want to adapt it to use with all kinds of bits. This basically means putting a 1/4" hex socket on the other end. Fig.1. Yankee ...
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Adapter for small 1/4" ratchet screwdriver to take Leatherman bit tips

I have a small ratcheting screwdriver as seen here, and a Leatherman multi-tool. I have also bought the Leatherman bit accessory pack that contains roughly 40 different bits. I use both my ratchet ...
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What kind of tool is this?

Can can anyone please help me identify this tool or what this is?
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Building a DIY window-opener

In my bathroom is one small window, which handle is 3 m above ground. Underneath the window stands my washing machine, so after showering, to get the humidity out, I need to climb on the washing ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I need to change the wax ring on my toilet. The closet bolts that hold it in place are rusted so I need to cut them in order to remove the nuts. I thought of trying bolt cutters. The bolt cutters I ...
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Is there some easy way to remove paper tape from gun-driven nails after installation?

I am in the midst of a siding project. I'm securing my siding using a Paslode CF325XP cordless 30° Paper-Tape nail gun. The nails I'm using are 3 in. x 0.120" Galvanized Ring Shank Paper Tape Framing ...
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Is sparking in the motor of my drill a concern? [closed]

There is a slight sparkling in my drill. What could be the reason? I received a product and checked for first time by plugging it into the socket. I wonder whether it is common or a serious problem.
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Help identifying a tool?

Anyone know what this is? We have two of them. The long notched piece moves up and down. Thanks!
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten a faucet bolt in a tight place?

I am trying to tighten a kitchen faucet bolt (7/16 inch) in a very tight spot. Please refer to the picture. Standard size wrenches don't fit well enough for me to turn it. I've used a stubby wrench ...
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Porter Cable model FC350 nail gun not fireing

My gun was working fine then it just stopped. I took it apart and all the gaskets and innards look good. There was stuff in the chamber that looked like ear wax balls, not sure what the heck that was ...
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Does portable band saw have fixed blade width to go with them?

I've looked around blades for those ordinary stationary band saws and for the band saw I checked out that takes blades of length 59 1/2" (I won't say the exact product, as I don't want to sound as if ...
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How do I get my bench clamp swivel to hold?

I have a bench vise that can rotate something like 270°. The problem is that the clamp that's supposed to stop it from rotating seems to only work in one direction. I can crank as hard as I can on the ...
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Is there such a thing as a vice on a stand?

I have a small shed with a concrete foundation. I need a vice in the shed, but there's no room for a big, heavy workbench to keep it in place. I can't bolt it to the wall of the shed, because it's ...
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Installing stair skirtboards with only a brad-nailer and liquid nails?

I have a 18v Ryobi brad nailer and I love the thing - it can shoot 2.5" brad nails like a champ. I'm getting ready to finally do my stairs and I'm wondering if I can get away with using the brad ...
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Come along (Hoist Puller) vs Ratchet Strap

Does a Ratchet Strap rated at 10,000 pounds such as this one really have 5 times the pulling strenght of a "comealong" winch rated at 2 ton such as this one? Ratchet straps are much cheaper, and a ...
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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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What do I need to step up car battery 12v to 18v for cordless tools? [closed]

I've looked at DC-DC converters for 12v to 18v and they usually have low amperage ratings. One for $50 can use 15A with 25A spikes. But cordless tools can pull much more than that, especially the saws ...
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Cutting Wood Siding in Place

I am replacing a bathroom window with one that is slightly bigger than the original. I will need to trim the length of the existing wood siding a few inches to match the trim of the rest of the house ...
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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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Found an old tool - What is it?

I found this with a bunch of other old tools. This is the only one I can't figure out what it is. I wonder if it's a home made tool for some unique purpose. Or maybe it was just for made for fun out ...
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How to remove a 40mm shower head without extra tools?

My shower as displayed below needs a wide mouth wrench (at least a 40mm) and the jaw of my adjustable wrench can open up to 30mm. I have a number of other simple tools. I do not want to buy another ...
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Is there something like a screw-on screw clamp on a hinge? [closed]

I need to fix a wooden board (colored blue in my sketches) to a doorframe (which does not contain a door; colored grey in my sketches). I must not damage the doorframe, and the connection must not be ...
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What is this tool for?

I bought the tool illustrated above for a project around the house, but I cannot remember what it is used for, or what project I used it on. Anyone have any ideas as to what this tool is for? I did ...
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How can I get a drain cleaning bladder out of the drain?

My husband put a drain cleaning bladder on the hose to unclog our toilet. Well it is now in the main drain - what's the best way to get it out?
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Hackzall vs oscillating multi-tool

If comparing the two, doesn't any oscillating multi-tool do the same or more than the Milwaukee Hackzall or similar products?
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What tool works with this star-shaped screw with a post in the middle?

What tool do I need to unscrew the fasteners shown on the metal lock on this sliding window?
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Nail gun leaking air

What can I do if my nail gun leaks air through the chamber directly opposite from where it shoots nails? The gray part in the picture. Can it be dangerous?
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What is this tool. Pizza cutter?

It's pot metal, three screws holding it together. It has a sharp rolling disk inside. Looks like it can be held in the palm of your hand to cut something. Maybe leather, carpet, or Pizza. It's at a ...
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What are these tools used for?

I have recently found in a box these two tools: I do not have any knowledge on whether these tools are for wood or metal. The second tool can be winded and unwinded in order to form some kind of ...