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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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Bench Vise Restoration: Removing Spindle

I'm in the process of restoring an old Bench Vise and first I'm disassembling it, so I can check parts for excessive wear, remove rust and repaint. I'm not sure what is the brand, but here's a picture ...
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Sharpening Scissors/Knives [closed]

Just curious on what method is considered the best for sharpening scissors and or knives? What techniques are used, what brand of sharpener is involved, and what are different ways to safely test the ...
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What are the names of these tools and what are they used for? [closed]

Found these in my Dad's collection. Any ideas of what they are called and what they were used for? The top tool is 11 3/4" and the bottom one (with one end like a flat screwdriver) is 6".
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Are 20V batteries of Parkside Performance series and Parkside X20V Team series compatible?

Parkside Performance series is a newer series with better motor and longer-lasting battery than with Parkside X20V Team series. I am trying to find out whether the older batteries of the old ...
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What's the spanner called for these “four side notch” collars/bolts?

Notice this thing, for a 30mm ... What is the tool to tighten that properly? It would seem to be best if it was a long tube-like thing you slid down from the top and tightened, but, maybe there's a ...
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What's the name of this tool and what is it for?

Found this in a box of tools and I have no idea what is called and its purpose, would someone let me know please. There is a mark on it - T12399
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Flexible palm disc sander: Are there any other names?

I came across a hand tool in a This Old House/Nick Offerman video that is some sort of flexible pam disc sander. How it's used: I think the user can simply velcro on a hook-and-loop sanding pad (...
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What is this electrical tool?

Can anyone tell me what this might be used for? I found it in a box with some other electrical things, but I don't recall when I got it. It might have come with another tool like a soldering iron. ...
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Is it possible to demagnetize side cutters with this passive magnetize/demagnetizer?

I keep little neodymium magnets on my precision screwdrivers and I inadvertently touched them to my side cutters which are now weakly magnetized. I only have a passive magnetize/demagnetize block ...
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What are rocker kneepads good for?

I recently bought a pair of knee pads that I thought would be useful for those tasks where I'm often on my knees. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they don't offer a stable surface for ...
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Why do Contractor Levels have two vials with the same orientation?

It seems to me that having multiple vials in the same orientation is redundant, but many levels seems to include this feature. What am I missing? There has to be some reason.
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Is my pneumatic nail gun jamming because I've never oiled it?

My nail gun has been jamming, i just recently read that I'm supposed to be oiling it which i have never done. Where do I oil it? Also i wanna know if you guys think this is my problem by telling ...
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brick jointer with springy blades

I saw a video where the mortar on brick steps was being repaired. The jointer being used had flexible, springy blade-tips, not rigid ones. I'm looking for the name of that tool. What is that style ...
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Wood plank falling off fence

A wooden plank on my fence is sagging. It's stuck so it's very hard to push it back up. How do I put it back in place and what tool should I use?
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Universal Drill Bit Converter [duplicate]

I have a small drill, whose chuck can only handle bits with small dias. I need a tool like the one pictured below (which is too small and meant for dremels). Basically, a thin shank connected to a ...
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Increasing the Maximum Shank Dia [closed]

There is a device in my head that I know must exist, but I can't seem to find it. I own a drill. Kinda small. It has a small chuck so the shank dia of the drill bits that I can use is limited. Is ...
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What is the name of this tool that is used to clamp a piece of wood for drilling?

What is the name of this tool in the picture? It seems that the tool is used to clamp a piece of wood to a furniture to avoid cracking it when drilling holes? What precisely does it do?
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How to enlarge lock hole (small mailbox)?

Hi, Had to break my apartment mailbox lock open after the key broke. Been looking and no where seems to have a lock that small. How can I enlarge the current hole? I am far from a hands on guy, ...
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How to organize drill bits?

I don't have a drill bit set, since I wouldn't use most of the bits in typical sets. I buy individual bits depending on what I need for a project. I now have a motley collection of bits in various ...
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What is this driver-related attachment?

I have a hand driver set from iFixit. There's a part included that I can't identify, and because it's an older version of their set, isn't listed on the parts list for the product when I look it up ...
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Spray can pole extender

I have a hornets' nest that I want to spray with insecticide. The hive is approximately 20-25ft from ground level. The insecticide that I have is in a aerosol spray can with a large actuator. ...
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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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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 ...