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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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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Same Bosch batteries, but one battery only works in one tool, what can I do?

So, I have some BAT612 18V batteries from Bosch. I should be able to use both batteries with either of my tools (Angle Grinder - GWS18V-45PC, Drill - DDS181A), but one battery works in both tools and ...
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Is there a mechanical button I can order/make that will sit on top of another hard-to-press button?

My refrigerator's internal water dispenser is annoying to use because the button is hard to push. It's 1x1 inches and not comfortable to hold down. It is a physical button itself, so it has a travel ...
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Is my Non-Contact Voltage Tester from Klein Tools safe?

There are many questions regarding Non-Contact Voltage Testers. They are a great safety tool when used as recommended and when they are functioning as designed. Has mine been recalled? Model: Klein ...
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What type of tool has rings of teeth that spin freely on a shaft?

All "gears" spin independently of each other. Stumped my pops, hasn't happened in my lifetime. Thanks!
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What type of tool has hooked jaws and a threaded shaft with a T-handle?

I found this tool and do not know what is called or used for.
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What is this odd looking tool?

Neither myself nor a large group of people on a community chat can figure out what this tool is called or used for. It’s triangular with a thick solid 3 legged base, multiple flat wired blades (...
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Are These Pliers Bad?

Does anyone have a Southwire lineman's 9 inch side cutting plier? Is it supposed to have that much of a gap or do I have a bad set of pliers? This is how big the gap is when it is closed completely.
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Dressing stone vs Abrasive File

What is the difference between a dressing stone and an abrasive file? For example, items 61463610555 and 61463686100: www.nortonabrasives.com/sites/sga.na.com/files/document/Catalog-SharpeningStones-...
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Cutting and defraying metal railing cable

I am new to installing railing metal cable. One problem that I encountered is that, when I cut the cable with a grinder, it leaves the end slightly wider than the cable and often frayed threads so ...
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How to clean shop vac of oily residue?

There was a heating oil leak in my basement, which I soaked up with spill absorber. It worked like a charm, but then I made the mistake of trying to clean up the mess with the shop vac. The oil-soaked ...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

I have a Bosch PSB 650 RE hammer drill, with a keyless chuck: The chuck mechanism involves a button on top which, when pressed, allows the chuck to be tightened or released, rather than just rotating ...
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Can you identify this tool?

Does anyone know what these metal tools in the bottom left of the photo are? I found them in my crawlspace and to me they look like some sort of medieval torture device.
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Drill Bit Accessory Identification

I have a set of DeWalt drill bits, and there was one piece included that I don't know the use for. Pictures (quarter for scale): The set includes a magnetic sleeve as well, but don't think it is ...
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What is this nut called and can it be removed and reused/replaced?

Can anyone tell me what this nut is called and how to remove it in a way I can return the mechanism to normal working order? Also, what kind of special tools will I need? The first photo is of the ...
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Problem installing rivnuts into aluminum skin and steel tubing

I have an enclosed cargo trailer. I need to install some rivnuts in the roof beams from the outside of the trailer. The aluminum skin of the trailer is attached to the steel tubing framework using ...
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Old Craftsman Table Saw Additional Load as Blade is Raised

I have an old used Craftsman table saw. It works fine most of the time, but will start to seize up when cutting boards when the blade is raised more than an inch and a quarter. My assumption was that ...
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What kind of crimping tool do I need for these bullet-style cable connectors?

I need to connect pairs of wires within a narrow space (in one of the dimensions). I've been thinking of getting this kind of connector pairs: but I know they need crimping. The only crimping I've ...
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Tool to help precision drill 4 holes in a wall?

I need to hang up a mirror and two hangers for cloth. All of them have 4 holes each, so I fear I can't mark and drill the holes exactly in the correct places... So I was wondering if there exist a ...
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Holes for HD Screw Anchors

I've ordered 5/8" x 4" Strong-Tie Titen HD Screw Anchors to secure a pull-up rig to a brick wall. See photos. The brick wall is actually a solid 1 foot thick! What's the best way to drill ...
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Tool to slice LED stripe lengthwise

For a light setup, I need to use a particular model of led stripes. Unfortunately, the stripe with the LED model I need has a width of 12mm (and is globally only available in that width), the mounting ...
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Are magnetic bit holders interchangable?

Originally I bought a Dewalt bit set and they have their own magnetic sleeve that goes over bits to magnetize them. It works well but because it's a sleeve if the bit is in an extension the sleeve ...
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What's the use for a tapered handle socket wrench?

When browsing around for tools I don't need I saw this socket wrench with a tapered handle. What is this used for, and what makes the tapered handle more useful than a non-tapered/knurled handle?

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