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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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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 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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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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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 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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Causes of a framing nailer driver stuck in down position?

I have an Hitachi NR90AC5. It's oiled and has adequate pressure. There's something that's gone wrong with it recently, where it sometimes double fires (in single fire mode) and then the piston gets ...
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How can I get a drain cleaning bladder out of the drain?

My husband put a drain cleaning bladder on the hose to unclog our toilet. Well it is now in the main drain - what's the best way to get it out?
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Can a stud finder reliably detect HVAC sheetmetal?

Thread title says it all. I'm installing can lights in a basement and want to make sure I clear the HVAC return when drilling holes. If a stud finder can't detect that, what's the best way to verify ...
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How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?

How can I make a concrete floor (also using dry shake color hardener) with a proper edge, without using an edge trowel? In Brazil I cannot find an edge trowel anywhere, so I would like to know if ...
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What is a good plastic to use for lite milling?

I want to do some lite milling with a drill press and XY vice using plastic. I am looking for a cheap easy to machine plastic. I have dealt with these guys for aluminum, but not plastics. I don't know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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300mm diamond blade suitable for hard 100mm flint nodule/pebble concrete

I've got a 100mm 1920s subfloor slab to break up and remove, about 2x4m. The nearby surrounding masonry is fragile and I really want to avoid a breaker if I can, as there's considerable concern about ...
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what do you call a vise with a slot in it for a saw?

This vise has a slot so you can saw the thing you’re clamping. What do you call this kind of vise?
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Ground rod driver for very large ground rods?

I have a large Jack/Demolition hammer I use this to pound very large ground rods/stakes into the soil. These rods are those over 1” in diameter. The largest rod driver I can find will fit 1” ...
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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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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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Would an electric back massager be forceful enough to vibrate bubbles out of concrete in a casting project?

I've been watching youtube videos on casting concrete and would love to give it a shot. Thing is, I'm lazy and don't want to whack my form with a hammer for thirty minutes to an hour. I happen to have ...
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Brush for detailed staining

What kind of brush should I use for some detailed staining? I currently have a 1" Purdy wedge but I need smaller than that. Is regular hair brush okay or sponge, flat or angled etc.?
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Best way to open cuts in thin steel without hitting the borders

I need to cut thin metal plates/shells: < 1mm and 1mm ~ 3mm These shells are originally curved in a dome-like surface. Basically they're bowls. I must start from the middle of the plate ...
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Clamp for tight quarters

Is there a kind of clamp whose one pressing arm (or whatever you call it) is a simple straight bracket perpendicular to the clamping motion line (purple below) while the other is regular (black below)?...
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How do you match depth of already installed trim?

One of the harder things I have come across when buying houses is making some of the poor craftsmanship, look at least OK. One of the things that keep popping up is when floor trim (and actually this ...
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How do I remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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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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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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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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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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