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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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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How to cut into plastic to remove a metal slug that had been press-fit to be flush with the surface?

What tool would be appropriate to cut a gap around a metal slug that is holding this plastic join together? It has been press-fit to be flush with the surface. There is no access on the opposite side ...
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Want to drain/change compressor oil, but there's no outlet

I have an air compressor; the brand was supposedly Karson but it's actually a rebranded Fiac compressor. I wanted to change the oil; but I realized that it has a window-level, no actual dipstick and ...
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Accessory for connecting a manual scissor jack to a drill to lift it faster

I have a scissor jack and I was wondering if rather spinning it manually, if it is possible engaging it to my drill. I'm pretty sure that there is an accessory like a hook for drills, or something ...
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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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Best tool to cut 4mm thick straining wire

I need to cut several 1.5m hoops of 4mm thick galvanised steel wire. What's the best tool to do this at a decent pace?
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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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Skirting is too wide for mitre box

I'm fitting 138mm skirting through a house. I can only find a mitre box 100mm high, or a clamping mitre box (where the timber lies horizontally) 120mm wide. How can i cut the joints for of the ...
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Need help naming / finding drill attachment

I have a ZUWA drill pump as seen in the picture but not the attachment to the drill that stabilizes the water pump (the thing that has the metal rod extending out that passes through the water pump) ...
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Anyone know the name of this tool?

Does anyone know the name of this tool?
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What is this thing that holds widespread bathroom faucet handle to sink? How do I tighten it?

I have a Pfister widespread bathroom faucet. As I was working on a leak and replacing the cartridge in one of the handles, I managed to loosen the other handle completely to where this part fell off: ...
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Please help me identify this old tool

Could someone please help me find out what kind of tool this is? The right arm is inscribed with (218 1/2)
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What is this attaching my toilet seat and how can I unscrew it?

I’m trying to unscrew my toilet seat but it seems to have been fitted with this plastic mechanism, which doesn't seem to want to be unscrewed. Do I need a special tool to remove it?
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Tabletop saw stops midway through chipboard

I am new to woodworking and I tried my ''new'' secondhand table saw (General LR63420 Model D) today. It cut through the first few chipboard boards just fine but then had a lot of trouble going through ...
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Verify existing torque on tightened bolt using a torque wrench

I have a couple of already counterclockwisely tightened bolts and would like to know how much they're torqued to in the first place. I know they're torque to at least 25Nm but how much more I don't ...
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How to cut many shallow grooves on the side of a square aluminium tube?

I would like to craft a slatted ventilation panel/grill like this: The frame will be made of square aluminium tubes (25 mm side, 3 mm thick). The slanting panes will be cut of 4 mm thick aluminium ...
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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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How can I unscrew the faucet nuts in the tight space behind my sink basin?

My bathroom faucet is dripping, and I would like to change the washers in it. The problem I am running into is the placement of the nuts holding the faucet valves in place: This is the underside of ...
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Is there a way to open this kind of ratchet with no visible screws and no visible retainer rings?

I'd like to know if this kind of ratchet with no visible screws is serviceable in anyway, i.e. if it can be at least opened to clean it. (The ring on the rear serves as selector). It tried prying up ...
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Why would a metal file have a cancer warning?

Every metal file at the hardware store bears a California Prop. 65 warning on the label. What could possibly be the cancer-causing agent in a solid metal file?
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Round or half-round files sold by radius?

I'm trying to find a half or full-round file of a particular diameter, but it seems to be rarely mentioned (and when it has been, they've been much smaller than I'm looking for). Are they just not ...
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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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Dremel doesn't power on: brushes?

I have a mid-2000s Dremel 400XPR that I've used over the years for a variety of projects. A couple days ago I tried to use it and found that it doesn't power on. I read through the manual, tried a few ...
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What is the name of this recliner couch screw holder?

My Recliner Couch is missing a few of these Pieces that hold the screw in place between the metals. I am trying to get some new ones but I don' know what they are called and where I can buy them. Any ...
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Clean up muddy water left after hurricane

After Irma, 2 yrs ago, our floor was covered with a wet sticky mud. I used a massive amount of towels to clean it up. Now I am wondering if a wet dry vac( preferably with a pump ) would make the job ...
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How to remove a nail from inside a kitchen exhaust fan shroud?

I am trying to remove an old (1950s) kitchen exhaust fan shroud. I went into the attic thinking it was attached to the ceiling joists with mounting brackets but found no exposed fasteners whatsoever (...
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Will a hammer drill also fix screws?

I’ve just purchased my first home and have many improvements to make but seem to have way too many useless tools cluttering the garage and as they are outdated I’m looking to replace them for a multi ...
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Can anyone identify this tool for me

Hello I'm new here so not sure if this belongs here, if not please redirect me to the appropriate stack exchange. Now for the question does anyone know what this tool (thing) is? This has been ...
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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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Swivel adaptor for screw bits [closed]

I am looking for a swivel adapter that will allow the turning of screws at an angle. Can someone help me?
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Ikea 5x5 Kallax disassembly (cross dowels)

I want to disassemble my 5x5 Kallax, due to me moving. My Problem is, that there are dowels going vertically through 3 panels. See the manual Manual page 13 and onwards for a graphic description. How ...
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How to remove outdoor drain cover to clean insides and prevent overflow?

I want to know what tools I need to remove this drain cover. The insides are starting to get clogged and I'm afraid of overflow. Can I remove without sawing it off?
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What is this welding tool I found in my attic?

I believe this is used with welders because i found it inside a welding helmet.... Could somebody tell me what this is exactly?
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What is this seven inch long tool?

What is this? The metal strip is 7 inches long. There is a small hook in the end. The other end is just a plastic handle.
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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I didn't find it here. I've read a number of websites and there always seem to be a little fluff and maybe this favorite tool or that. I'm thinking ...

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