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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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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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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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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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Can I use an 8" dado blade set in a 10" table saw?

I have a 10" table saw... this is probably a stupid question, but can I use an 8" dado blade set in this saw? Is one only supposed to use 10" blades in a 10-inch saw? I read on some contractor's ...
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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 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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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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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 do you sharpen a knife?

Just got done sharpening a few knives, and thought it could be useful to post a question about it here. So lets say I have one of these guys. With a coarse stone, a medium stone, and a fine ...
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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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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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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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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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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 voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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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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Does anyone know the name of this tool?

Can any one name this tool? Found it online and haven't found anything yet.
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What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the gap ...
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How can I inexpensively sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is purpose of the slot at the base of my drill's handle?

The photo below shows a drill I own; there is a slot at the base of the handle. Is this simply to hang things from, or does it serve another purpose? Drill is a DeWalt model DWD210G.
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How do you break in a new air compressor?

Just got a new craftsman air compressor (33 gal). I have read that it is important to "break in" the unit by running it with the pressurized chamber open (so that there is no load on the motor). How ...
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Framing nails: ring shank .120 vs smooth shank .131?

Building code calls for 3" x .131 nails for wall framing. I wanted to use ring shank which have a better hold, but I can't seem to find RS in .131. Whenever we go to RS, the diameter drops to .120. ...
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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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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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When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?

Suppose I want to pre-drill for, say, a 5/16 screw. How do I determine the correct drill bit diameter?
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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 is this tool for?

I bought the tool illustrated above for a project around the house, but I cannot remember what it is used for, or what project I used it on. Anyone have any ideas as to what this tool is for? I did ...
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6-1/2" over 7-1/4" circular saw

Why would anyone get a 6-1/2" over a 7-1/4" circular saw? Is there something a 6-1/2" can do that a 7-1/4" cannot?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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