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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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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Is there a significant Difference between roofing and weeding torches?

I have a modified bitumen roof and I would like to go independent making patches for things like vents and other fixes. So far I have hired people to come and torch down material like this but I don't ...
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What is this bracket or tool made from steel bar?

What is this? A tool? Shelf hardware? Something else?
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What are the differences between trowels for concrete and plaster? Are they interchangeable?

I have some paving steps to lay in concrete, and will buy a trowel for smoothing them off. There's an enormous range of trowels/floats available, with almost identical ones for plastering and for ...
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Does anybody know what this mini vise-like tool is?

Found this mini vise-like tool in the deep recesses of my toolbox. I’m sure my son picked it up from somewhere (he’s always buying strange tools) but he can’t remember what it’s used it for. It is ...
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Hanging curtain rods - metal stud above window?

I live in a new construction and want to install curtain rods above my full height balcony door and windows. I’d like to hang them half an inch above the window but my stud finder has a metal mode ...
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Tool to remove faucet?

I am VERY green too DIY work but I am trying to learn :) I am trying to install new sink faucets and I am stuck on removing my old handles. The image below is from under the sink. I cant reach the ...
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How to mount snap rings/circlips?

This is a question about finding a tool - I hope I'm in the right place? I have an old Singer Sewing machine, which had one of these springy steel rings around the base of the lamp, and I had to open ...
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Need a tensioning rod to push something tight (opposite of a turnbuckle)

I need rod that can push two blocks of wood apart. The space is about 16" wide. So, basically it is the opposite of a turnbuckle, kind of like a tensioned shower rod. Is there any kind of ...
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Problems with reassembling Bosch POF 1200 AE router

So in my infinite wisdom, while removing one of the springs from my Bosch POF 1200 AE router I accidentally took the router motor out of the housing itself. When I removed it I heard click, click ...
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What are wrenches called that are just cut out of steel flats?

There are wrenches that are used to get into tight spaces that are just flat pieces of metal with a hexagonal hole cut out of them. Often they come with things like table saws and are used to move the ...
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Help identify this tool/bit

This was found in a collection of miscellaneous tools at work. Similar to a bolt extractor or "easy out", but the threads are way too fine and right-handed. Approx. 2.75" overall ...
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What is this tool called and what is it used for?

Can anyone tell me what these are used for? I have a full set that was handed down. There is NO edge on these at all for cutting and they are too light of a gauge to be snips.
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How can I cut this recessed PVC pipe?

The top of this pipe is gouged where it needs to seal with the new shower base. I need to trim off a few inches from this pipe so I can glue on a clean piece. the hole is 10" square. The pipe ...
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Tool identification - possibly antique

While cleaning out the basement, I found a toolbox that I haven't opened in probably 30 years, and it contained some items that I know were originally my father's, so these things could be 75-100 ...
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How to cut glass mosaic tile that's already installed?

I need extra outlets in my kitchen and in order to install a bigger junction box, I need to cut the glass tile that's already installed. Is it feasible and, if so, what's the most effective tool to ...
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Does anyone recognized this PEX Crimp System (Make/Model)?

Does anyone recognized this product? Looks like a good idea. There is this red spacer ring to help position and hold the crimp ring in the right place. I want to know more about it.
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Metal tubes stuck together: drilled a hole in one. How to get leverage?

I have an aluminum bicycle seat tube stuck in a steel frame. I have been using penetrating oils and heat and hammering and such to loosen the corrosion. Now I drilled a hole in the seat post, and can ...
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Best way to fit a clothes washer under a counter

The under the counter space for the washing machine in our laundry room is slightly too low for our washer. I can't push it in any further because the enclosure isn't perfectly square and the washing ...
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What are these grommets (= snap holes / snap-rings?) on tool cases for

Wanted to buy a set of pliers and noticed that a lot of cases are equipped with holes on: What is the use of those holes? Do they have a name?
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Why my jigsaw's blade keeps on being bent?

I am using a t-shaped jigsaw blade on my 400W PRAKTYL (link in Greek) jigsaw. I attempt to perform a cut, but the blade keeps on bending regardless how hard I try to place it straight: I used it to ...
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What are these metal guide tools?

I recently came into the possession of these 3 metal things. Can anyone tell me what these are and what they are used for? Each have 3 holes in the bottom. One has a large round cutout in the top the ...
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How do I get out the remnants of a rake handle using a drill?

A few days ago, my wooden rake handle broke during use, so I grumbled about it, went to the hardware store a few days later, bought a new handle, and set about installing it. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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What is the name of the metal base plate wher you can install a vise (or any other tool)?

How is this 'base plate' called? I have a new workbench, and I want to install my main tool on the corner. I want to be able to use different tool on this corner (a vise, table grinder, a drill press.....
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By manually impacting and cooling drill bit in water may one slowly drill concrete and bricks without impact function?

In theory, drilling a hole through concrete, bricks, and ceramic tiles needs a large power impact drill with concrete or ceramic tile bit. I googled, impact prevents drill bits head from wearing out ...
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How can I detect sub-second interruptions in mains electricity supply?

TL;DR: Is there a cheap and simple tool for detection of very brief mains power outages? Long story and explanation: Yesterday and today we experienced three or four interruptions in mains electricity ...
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Anyone know a name for this measuring tool? [closed]

I've been looking at height gauges and they don't quite fit what I need. I'm trying to measure a ceiling not an object. I've seen some old fashioned height gauges that seem to do what I'm looking for ...
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What tool do I need to remove a round nut with slots in its face?

The crank shaft and axle are a single unit, so the whole thing needs to be removed. Diameter is approx. 50 mm and a spanner/wrench/screwdriver needs to be able to grip both notches and twist without ...
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Is there a special tool to remove this shower cartridge cover?

Underneath the shower handle I've found this interesting design where there's a cover or shroud encapsulating the cartridge. The threading on it is interesting: the threading isn't required for the ...
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Circular saw blade position: corded vs battery [duplicate]

From admittedly fairly limited research I noticed that all corded circular saws have blade on the right of the handle, whereas battery operated ones have the blade on the left. What is the reasoning ...
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Removing router bit that is stuck with damaged shaft

I got this router from a family member for free but the bit is stuck. It's waaaay over tightened. Trying to get it out just damages the shaft (which I already managed to do). What is the best approach ...

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