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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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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Is there a revolving small flat file for a drill?

I would like to file down (just a bit) a metal tube's end to make it completely flat. See a drawing of it in another question of mine on this site Fix a faucet that has a groove . Taking that drawing ...
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Removing hose tap/faucet from old hose pipe (outside) when half the metal thread is stuck

Today, I tried to replace the tap unit to my mom's hose because the 40-year old tap was leaking water everytime I turned the water partially on. So I used a vise grip to try to unscrew the tap. The ...
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Fix a wobbly table

I have a table consisting of a top and a leg. But top is wobbly due to a space/gap between top and leg. What is the easiest/fastest way to fix it? Note that there's no attachment between the top ...
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How can I repair or remove my bathroom sink's tailpiece?

I easily removed the S bend pipes, but the "last piece" actually in the sink is leaky. (I do not know what that piece is called.) Notice I've got it a bit loose .. close up .. close up underneath .....
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Cutting smaller rectangular holes in ABS

What tool(s) are best utilized for cutting relatively precise rectangular holes in ABS plastic?
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Does this small clamp have a special use?

I have this small clamp - its about 2" / 5 cm tall: I'm not sure where it came from so I don't know what its for. Note the pin on the right side which is removable - I assume this is to allow ...
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Sand-blaster or angle-grinder to remove rust?

To remove the rust from my beloved barbecue pit, I am considering using an angle-grinder or renting a sand-blaster. Having never used either tool, there are several spots that look hard to reach with ...
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What could go wrong if I use my claw hammer as a cross peen hammer?

I'm trying to sharpen a scythe blade. I'm supposed to strike the edge to flatten it. I'm supposed to strike it with a cross peen hammer. But I don't have one. Can I use my claw hammer instead with no ...
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Suggested power-tool and attachments to remove rust from a BBQ pit [closed]

Please suggest a good cordless power-tool and the appropriate wheels/attachments to do a good job of removing the rust from this BBQ pit? Please include links to the specific items if possible.
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How to lock a staple gun?

I have recently purchased a staple gun (this model, in case that matters, but I guess all of them work more or less the same way?) I don't understand how to lock it. The instructions say this: push ...
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How much usable air in an air compressor?

I'm trying to figure out how long a small 3 Gallon compressor tank will last in between the compressor kicking on and off. I know the tank volume, and cut-in/cut-out PSI, and my approximate SCF usage ...
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Does a small bolt cutter exist which tensions with a wrench?

Does anyone know if there a bolt cutter which tensions using a wrench? The closet I can find is a nut splitter, but it is not really intended for cutting... Update I need to cut iron rods (I would ...
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Stuck keyed drill chuck

I have an older Black and Decker KR650RE reversible hammer drill. I need to replace the chuck however the screw on the inside seems damaged. How can I remove the chuck. Any help much appreciated. ...
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How do you make flush cuts to a precise depth?

I'm renovating a small shed that was built with 2x4 wall studs on top of 2x6 bottom plates, for some reason. I'm realizing that this will create a problem once I get to the drywall and flooring stages,...
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Should the smooth side or the rough side of a urethane bandsaw tire go against the wheel?

I am replacing bandsaw tires. I bought urethane replacement tires. There is a smooth side and a rough side. The manufacturers directions are clear on every step except for this point. The old tires ...
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Chain specs for lifting stumps with farm jack?

A farm jack & chain can be used to lift out shrub stumps, it's just not obvious what length & strength of chain makes sense. I purchased a farm jack online and a 14 foot length of 3/8" grade ...
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Is there such a thing as a combination floor nailer and finish nailer?

Last time I installed engineered hardwood, the subfloor was concrete and I floated the floor. For my current project, there's a plywood subfloor so I'd like to nail it down. However I don't have a ...
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Why can I not adjust the cutting depth on this router?

I just bought a new router (DeWalt 618, changeable fixed/plunge base). It comes with the motor mounted on the fixed base, which is what I planned to use anyway. I opened the locking lever and tried to ...
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Cutting insulation of speaker wire without damaging inner wires

I bought some speaker wire and an adjustable auto-stripper. I don't remember the gauge of the wire, but I wanna say it's 16ga. It's got a pretty sturdy plastic outer insulation and the speaker wires ...

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