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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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What is an adjustable wrench fit for tightening bolts?

The other day I saw a plumber tighten a bolt with what looked like an adjustable wrench. But it seemed like he didn't need to take it off the bolt every time to turn it further. Rather, it looked like ...
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How to use multimeter probes overhead?

If I have to do some testing in an overhead electrical box with a multimeter, it is very hard to keep hands still enough to maintain the tips of probes on the wire because you are holding them ...
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How can I use a plunge router on a vertical surface? [closed]

tldr: can I use a plunge router horizontally (for example, routing a recess on a wall stud). I am planning a project using low profile architectural panel clips (Sugatsune VL-03, if it matters). I am ...
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What is this tool that looks like a prybar with tapered tines?

I found this tool in the middle of the road. Appears to be a pry bar of some sort, approximately 16" long. Can anyone identify it and its use?
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Rivet gun not gripping rivet again on 2nd pull?

I'm using a (brand-new) hand rivet gun to re-attach 2 plastic pieces of a car bumper (there were rivets here previously). The first rivet went in perfectly. But since then the rivet gun seems to push ...
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Cast Iron Valve/Square Wrench?

Found this in my grandfather’s garage. Any idea what it is/used for? Handle embossed with “KEEP UPRIGHT.” Square hole approximately 15/16".
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How to make a Ø25cm notch/groove/slot, 20mm thick, 10cm deep, in the ground? [closed]

Strange need isn't it? It is to seal no bottom pots in the soil, like in the following photo but without the bottoms: It is a circular notch or a groove or a slot, not a hole. I have imagined this ...
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Where does one acquire lost parts from toolboxes or toolsets? [closed]

I purchased a Durabuilt toolbox many years ago, but some of the tools from the box have gone missing (ie. a vice grip and a screwdriver). I'm trying to buy those missing parts. So that when I take ...
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Borescope or Endoscopic Camera Technique

I have an endoscopic camera, a small camera on the end of a wire. I attach it to fish tape and push it into walls, pipes, etc to examine what's inside. I find that in floor and wall cavities the ...
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What hand tool has a long spiral shank with cutting teeth?

I came across the tool pictured in my collection and cannot imagine its purpose. It's a long metal pick, with sharp studs running down it in a spiral. It ends in a tip that seems to be meant to make ...
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How to tighten flex hose in a mini basin faucet

I bought this faucet and I’m trying to install it. How are you supposed to tighten the hoses in the base? There 11mm nuts. I can only hand tighten and can’t find a tool to use. . The bottom doesn’t ...
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Can you identify this tool that looks like a pyramidal rake with an integrated sliding plate to compress the tines?

Found when cleaning out the garage. It slides to open up as shown in the photos.
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Robertson/Square drive uses/sizes?

I'm in the market for some bits for Robertson/Square drive fasteners. I noticed one set has sizes SQ2.5 and SQ2.7, in addition to the more normal whole number sizes. What are these two odd ball sizes ...
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Is there a way to remove this sliding door without taking down the trim?

I have a set of four pocket doors in a converging bypass configuration: The hardware is around 15 years old. I don't know the brand of the hardware, but they look similar to Hettich TopLine Grant ...
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Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B, how to change drill bit

I have a Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B ATOMIC. Instruction manual here. What is the proper way to change a drill bit? I see many online videos, where they remove the battery, open the chuck hole ...
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What is this Titus metal part called?

I found this metal piece with the brand name Titus. What is it called and what is it for?
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What kind of small plastic device has two spikes protruding from the end?

A friend found a few of these in a toolbox. The two metal prongs are sharper than they appear in this pic, and are not connected inside in any way. Does anyone know what they are?
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Need to build a super long gripper arm (reacher tool, pick up tool) [closed]

I need to build super long, super-extended gripper arm tool (also called a reacher, pick up tool, reach grabber, trash picker). Something that combines the two pictures below. It needs to be at least ...
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What tool/process do I need to remove this bathroom exhaust fan from motor?

Bought a condo where exhaust fans weren't working with the plan to just replace the motors (both fans are identical). Found this replacement motor for the current JA2C463N motors (https://www....
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What is the purpose of the notch at the end of the depth probe on callipers?

I have read this question about the shape of the jaws of callipers, but it didn't explain why there is a small notch at the end of the depth probe. You can see it on the far right of this image: It ...
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Rings and main seal for Speedaire 1z945 air compressor

I have an old Speedaire 1z945 air compressor that I'd like to put back into service. I can't seem to find a ring and main seal kit for it. I also can't find any technical specs on it. Does anyone know ...
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Can you please help me improve my toolkit? [closed]

This is very basic I know . . . but I really could use some help organizing my tool kit. I'm in my twenties and trying to get more handy around the house, but having a mess of a toolbox drives me ...
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Faux stone on a bedroom wall is blocking the vent

We recently moved into our new home and we are redoing some things that were done by the previous owner. In the bedroom there is a wall that is covered with faux stones that average about 1 1/2 inches ...
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What to do when drilling into steel has no effect? [closed]

I read a few online articles on drilling into metals. The advice is mostly the same: Predrill a smaller hole. Drill slowly — low rpm. No need for fancy equipment — any drill bit specialized for metal ...
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Help me identify these tools?

Going through my collection of old tools I've inherited from a friend long ago, I found these two, that look like axes, but I doubt that is what they are. For one thing, they are too small, and the '...
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What's the best way to measure the center of a shallow bend?

Is there a tool or custom setup I can use to measure the center of a small, shallow bend? The arc length of the bend would be too small for a three-point radius gauge (around 5 mm).
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How do I remove a chuck that got stuck during removal?

I was in the process of removing a keyless chuck on a cordless drill. I removed the screw from the chuck first and for some unknown reason managed to close the teeth on the chuck without inserting an ...
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Should I use an impact wrench to loosen a plumbing nut on a boiler drain valve?

I want to replace the washer inside a boiler drain valve because it's leaking. However, I am unable to unscrew a nut that holds the valve stem in place. I have tried a variety of hand tools, so far ...
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How do you clean Redgard off your brush and roller?

I just finished applying Redgard on two walls I need to clean up the roller and the brush ...how do I do that ? Acetone based solution ? Any other dissolvent?
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Is this press fitting crimp mangled?

So far I've used a manual crimping tool only on a few lead-free stop-valves, where I bought press-style valves because of the possibility of overheating the valve when soldering and damaging the seals....
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What can open this collar nut?

The picture is of a device for pressure injection. It is somewhat stuck and I want to open and clean it, so that hopefully it starts to work again. I need to open the collar nut pictured. It has 4 ...
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internal corrosion of copper pipe from various causes and tools, prep, and procedures required to prevent it

This is an interesting video on copper pipe corrosion from various causes. I am looking for an internal wall deburring tool to prevent the turbulence corrosion. The hand-tools (barrel-shaped) have ...
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Miter Saw Tripping Breaker

I was given a miter saw that does not work. It is specifically the Delta 34-080. I'm trying to troubleshoot the issue, and from testing the continuity I've deduced that the trigger was not working. I ...
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What is this tool? Need help with identification!

When my father-in-law died we came across this while cleaning out his shop. There are no markings on it. It measures 8" x 2.5" x 2.5" and is made of 1/4" steel tubing. The side ...
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What is this three-pronged, ridged tool?

Found this tool while cleaning out my uncle's garage. It's a cast metal fork with three heavily-ridged tines about four inches long, with a crossbar between them about an inch back from the end, and ...
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Smoothing and flatten the metal edge

I have a rangehood ceiling duct cover that is too long for my use so I trimed it with cirular saw. The finished edges look rough after cutting(picture attached). There are minor dent all around the ...
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Is this a tool? Or a nail?

Got this at a yard sale in a bin with mostly random fasteners. Its about 3" long. It has a tip like a nail but a dipped-looking rubberized coating. Any ideas what this could be for? Someone ...
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Can a simple cordless screwdriver have neither a clutch nor a variable speed?

For some time now my corded 3/8″ drill doubled as a screwdriver when I had too many screws ahead of me. This works just fine. I just needed to stop before a screw was seated, and used a manual ...
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Is this a special adapter used on angle grinders in order to use them for polishing?

I have this small angle grinder and I want to use it for beveling tiles that I am going to install. The process also requires some polishing of the bigger than 45 degrees cuts and they use a polishing ...
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Tool to loosen mobile home shower "swivel elbow" connection?

I have a shower faucet that is spraying out the back of the middle connection (that one that goes up to the shower-head): I'd like to remove the grey connection (the swivel elbow) so I can see what ...
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How to open/unlock the BMA 2215 cable box for connecting a ceiling lamp?

I was going to install a newly bought ceiling lamp when I found this connection box which I have never seen before. It has "BMA 2215" written on it and an internet search led to websites ...
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Where does the lawn string trimmer line go?

I'm learning how to use a string trimmer before buying one. I know that it uses a line to cut the grass. But the line will wear and get shorter. Where does the line go? I guess into the grass and ...
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Multitool alternative for cutting 3/4" plywood

I'm looking to cut through a standing pantry for an electrical box. The pantry panel is made of 3/4" plywood. I attached a proper HCS blade to an oscillating multitool (Ryobi) to start with but ...
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Strategy to staple something to a soffit from a distance

I need to staple mouse-trapping sticky pads/glue traps to the soffits under the roof ridge of a house (roughly where the red arrow is pointing, under the overhang). (Reason: some bats have taken to ...
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Should Chromium-Vanadium (Cr-V) sockets be stored lubricated? [closed]

I just ordered the TEKTON 3/8 Inch Drive Deep 6-Point Impact Socket Set, 37-Piece (1/4-1 in, 6-24 mm) on Amazon, it was delivered with each socket heavily lubricated (with what looks like oil). There ...
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What is the name of this metal and wood handtool?

I'm not sure what this tool is, could you please help identify it and what it might be used for?
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What's the name of this type of screwdriver that turns when pushed?

In this video of "Breaking Bad", beginning at 0:21, Mike uses what looks like a Phillips screwdriver, but presses the tool to turn the screw. I always wanted one of these; what's the name of ...
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What is the real name of this tool? It's used to fix dupont lighter valves

This tool is used to fix DuPont lighter but that is not its real name please you can help me a lot if you know the real name
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How would I frankenstein-build a ~20-30lbs strength "helping hands"?

I'd like a tool like a really large "helping hands", which is a soldering assistance tool with a couple of alligator clamps and lockable telescoping arms. I'd like several objects like that ...
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What is this measuring tool for?

I was going though my dad's and his dad's tools and found this tool. The two iron pins can go up and down and be locked by the screws. Is it a measuring tool? How do you use it?
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