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 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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What kind of tool do I need to access this bolt?

I would like to unscrew a nut that is in a pretty hard to access position. It is at the end of a very long screw, in a cramped space. There must be a tool that allows me to work on that nut, but I don’...
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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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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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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 I release the pressure out of an air compressor when it is not in use?

Just got a new compressor and I wondering if I should be releasing all of the pressure out of the unit when it is not in use? Or is it better to leave the pressure in so that the unit does not have ...
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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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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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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 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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How do I sharpen wood lathe tools?

I've had a lathe for about a year now (I have the JET 1442 with variable speed) and love it but noticed that I really suck at keeping a nice sharp edge on my tools. I have a small bench grinder I use ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Can I mix brands of chainsaw chains?

I have a Stihl 260 chainsaw, with a 3/8" chain and a 20" bar. What criteria do I need to apply when picking a second chainsaw chain?
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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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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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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 tool to tighten nut on kitchen faucet?

I'm not sure what the name of this nut is, but it has come loose. I have a "basin wrench ratchet head" that goes on my socket set ratchet with a long arm but it can't get purchase because it is too ...
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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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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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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...
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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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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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What is this tool with a notch at the end of a shaft?

It’s made of a single piece of steel or a steel alloy, has a handle and shaft with a notch at the end of the shaft. I tried a google search and even a google image search using the photo below but ...
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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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Does an adapter exist that can convert a rotary tool in a oscillating multi-tool one?

I saw in the Internet a power tool with a proprietary attachment system that can transform the power base in a drill, in a cutter, in a jig saw, in a multi-too and so on... more than 10 different ...
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What's the name of this tool? [closed]

What's the name of this tool? Is it a screw driver, or a gun that shoots nails to wood, wall, etc? How can I use it safely? Thanks.
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How can I tighten a large nut under the sink?

I just installed my new peerless kitchen faucet. I used my hand to tight the hex nut because the space is pretty small.(I think that the size is 1 1/2) It is temporary. I tried Basin Wrench and ...
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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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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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Is it bad to leave batteries in my cordless tools?

I have a set of Dewalt cordless tools with both 18V NiCad and 20V LiIon batteries (I also have an adapter that lets me use the 20V batteries in the 18V tools). The tools are only a few years old, and ...
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Why does my framing nailer ocasionally leak from around the trigger?

I have a Hitachi NR90AC5 framing nailer that still functions correctly, but some air leaks from around the trigger. Sometimes, after firing a few nails, it doesn't leak air anymore. Then later after ...
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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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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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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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How do I eject a bit from a Wiha 38600 screwdriver?

I just bought this overpriced Wiha 386 screwdriver. It takes a 1/4 bit. It also has a "retaining ring." I put a bit in it, and everything went great. But.. how do I get the bit out of it? I know it ...
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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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Advice on making acrylic drop seeder

I would like to make a DIY drop seeder like the one shown here. I am just very inexperienced with acrylic/plexiglass as a material. What thickness would you consider, looking at the video/image below?...
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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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