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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 tighten fitting on pipe in very small space

While replacing the washer in a bathroom tap/faucet, I've accidentally loosened the fitting (e.g. the tap now turns when I turn the tap "handle"). Here is a photo of the underside of the sink, with ...
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Media blasting setup: Soda vs Sand

I got a sand blasting kit for Christmas and just started playing with it by blasting some car parts. I want to use it on our cabinet doors to prep for staining or painting (undecided). My question is,...
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Online tool to draw saw lines for plywood? [closed]

I want to make some shelves out of plywood which comes in 250x125 cm sizes. Each straight saw cut costs ~$3, so I would like to reuse as many cuts and at the same time fit as many shelves into on ...
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How to cut out a piece of a stud fully from an existing wall?

I'm not sure what tool to use or how to use it to most effectively cut out a chunk of a stud of an existing wall that already has exterior wall sheathing on it. Things I've considered: 1) Circular ...
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Difference between normal vs machinist tool chest

What is the difference between machinist tool chest vs normal tool chest other than the machinist one having more drawers and smaller size drawers? What would typically be stored in smaller size ...
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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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Nail gun driver doesn't return after firing

The hammer on my Bostitch SB 1664 fails to return to fire position. Did take out a wrong size nail since the jam it has failed. Can you tell me what the problem is? Thanks, Owen S
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Dremel rotary tool: Grinding holes in hardened plastic

I want to cut/drill/grind a small drainage hole (maybe more than one) in through the base of a plastic terrarium. I don't have a drill on hand but I have a Dremel Micro rotary tool. Is it alright to ...
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Crescent wrench stuck on bolt

I have an adjustable wrench that is stuck on a bolt I was tightening. normally there's a thumb piece where you can adjust the length of the wrench, however, when i tightened it in order to tighten ...
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Best tool for removing small area of thinset?

I need to do a temporary fix for a sinking toilet. I'm trying to find the right tool to remove a small area of tile, adhesive, and thinset. The layers of flooring are: old floor 1/4" plywood cement ...
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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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What is the difference between a rivet setter and rivet header?

What is the difference between a rivet setter and rivet header? What sort of rivets are they used for? Do they require the use of an anvil?
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what is proper way to use spring washer and washer

I have one socket screw,one socket bolt,two nuts and spring washers,washers.and I need to know what is proper way to use.what order should i put them. does spring washer generally go on the nut side ...
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Why are there sometimes holes in framers squares?

Sometimes I notice there's 0, 1, or 2 circular holes in framers square. I also hear "framers square" and "carpenters square" tossed around as if they're interchangeable terms - perhaps the hole has ...
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substitute for pneumatic oil

Can I use Appliance oil as a substitute for pneumatic oil in my nail guns? I've heard different opinions and would like to know what the difference in the two oils are. Of all the different oils I ...
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Installing a transparent window in waterproof tool boxes

I have a bunch of waterproof toolkit boxes that I usually keep in the shed, which are IP67 rated. I'm horribly unorganised and frequently switch tools between them, so I can never quickly work out if ...
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What tool to tighten this nut?

This is on a valve for a fancy walk in tub. The nut tightens it against the top of the tub to hold it in place. But I have no idea what this kind of nut is called, nor what tool to use to properly ...
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wood sander : sheet cannot hold in

I have this wood polisher a Bosch PSS240A. Issue is the the polishing sheet cannot stick at the front, even after locking it. Each time I'm starting to polish wood, the sheet is ok as you can see ...
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How can I stack my toolboxes stably?

I have two toolboxes that look like the picture below, with handles which lie down but still make a "bump" about a 1/2" high in the middle of the top so I can't make a stable stack when not in use. I'...
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Do air compressor quick disconnects seal on both sides?

I realize the air pressure quick disconnects are self-sealing, but do they seal on both the male and female end ? or is it only one way?
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Are old spade bits worth sharpening?

I recently found an incomplete set of dull, rusty spade bits that belonged to my father. They are likely 40-45 years old. Are they worth trying to clean up and sharpen or should I just throw them ...
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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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hook and eye orbital sander problem

I have have a hook and eye orbital sander. My problem is that the sanding disc come flying off after a few minutes. Is there anything I can do to increase the duration the discs are in place ?
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How to secure a cutting disc on a smooth electric motor arbor..unthreaded

How can I secure a cutting disc on a unthreaded motor arbor? I tied collars but the disc still wouldn't stay secure. Motor is a 3/4 hp, 1735 rpm, 5/8" smooth arbor. It has a slot or notch for a ...
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What is this metal pipe between the motor and tank on my upright air compressor, and why is it HOT?

So, I have an upright compressor (pictured below) that has a metal pipe leading from the motor to the tank. I had my compressor running and an air line was resting up against this tube and it has ...
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Are these tools appropriate for a roofing project? [closed]

Okay so I have a 2 story house about 30 feet high and was wondering if this set up will work? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-20-Gal-175-psi-Quiet-Portable-Air-Compressor-C201H/206189626 http://...
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What tool can I use to cut wall studs straight?

Is there a hand tool (not power) that can be used to facilitate straight (or angled) cutting of wall studs? Something similar to this Miter Box, but for larger/heavier woods, such as 2x4 or 2x6 wall ...
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Which tools to use for changing locks?

I am new Home owner. I want to change locks and do it myself. I have never used a screwdriver set before and do not own one. If anyone can recommend what tools I will need to change the locks. ...
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Honing Fluid/Knife Sharpening Oil

I am looking to sharpen a knife, and i seem to be out of oil... Is there a quick hack or home substitute i could use for this? I have 3-in-1 oil (white bottle) but aside from that (in terms of tool ...
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How to remove rivets?

I have to remove these rivets (see pics). What tool can I use for that?
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How to drill straight hole in 4x8 beam?

I need to drill a 0.5" hole for a big bolt going through 4x8 beam (used in swing). Now I only have the hand drill and no drill press tool (which could be nice). I only need to make 2 holes and they ...
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How to repair bent scissors?

I have a pair of scissors which I happen to like a lot. Unfortunately, one of the blades is bent towards the other blade, so that a gap forms when the scissors are closed. Bending the blade back with ...
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Putty knife : when to use flexible blade and when to use stiff blade?

I'm prepping my walls for painting. There are various sizes of putty knives and they come in flexible and stiff versions. I know that I need to get a few sizes for different kind of work: 4", 6" and ...
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Are Record and Stanley brand smoothing plane blades interchangeable?

Need a new blade for an old RECORD 04 2" smoothing plane. Is there any significant difference between RECORD and STANLEY plane blades for similar size models STANLEY blades LOOK similar but I'm just ...
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Is it ok to have a rise in an air compressors drain valve?

The designer of my compressor unfortunately didn't put a whole lot of thought into where to put the drain valve on it. It's on the back, and the compressor is against the wall, in a corner, usually ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

I need to cut 9 holes in potentially 9 pieces of decking board (composite). I am thinking about using this method: Drill a big hole ~1.5" using hole saw bit (for the door knob) in the middle Drill 4 ...
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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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Questions about a broken vise

I pressed a log into a vise, which resulted in the vise breaking (more precisely the "fix part", i.e the jaw which is on the side with the wriggle broke down.) After some research, it seems to me ...
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How do I tell which drill kit will be useful and suit best for DIY requirements? [closed]

I believe Skil's drill kit works best for electrical and masonry requirements and a smart hand tool kit from Skil for almost all plumbing related issues. These two products make a good combination ...
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What is the name of the tool used to create an initial dent for drilling?

I remember that during my DIY lessons at school, there was a tool used to help with positioning a drill bit. The tool was shaped like a large nail, and it was lightly hammered into the material at the ...
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Loose Blade, Tight Arbor Bolt

I have a circular saw with an overly tightened arbor bolt and a blade that spins freely> How can I get that repaired? This saw was one that I inherited from my dad and I need to use it for some up ...
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What tool or special bit do I need to remove this (will add the name later when I know it :-) )

I do not know the name of the hardware that I need to remove, please see the picture below. The brass like colored piece is stuck there really well. I have tried with a screwdriver, I pushed with a ...
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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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Converting appliances from 120v -> 240v

I've been getting U.S. appliances sent to E.U. where the voltage is doubled. I'm using autotransformers so they can work, but this isn't ideal. I do this to save money. EU retailers add their ...
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burning smell when using miter saw

I just bought a ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser. I never use miter saw before. Cut a few 2x4 to learn how to use it. The problem is everytime I cut, I get a "burning" smell. Not ...
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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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Craftsman framing nailer, does nail collation type matter?

I have a Craftsman #351.181790 Clipped Head 28 Angle Framing Nailer (2"-3 1/2" nails) which is no longer sold. Original nails are no longer available. I have read the manual, but it does not ...
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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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What is the best drill bit to use to drill a hole in a chainsaw bar?

I need drill a 3/8" diameter hole in my chainsaw bar to attach a plate on it.
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Brand new air compressor trips onboard breaker on start

I bought a new air compressor from Harbor Freight (8-gallon, 2hp,) and last night I added oil to the fill line, opened all valves, and started it to run it for the break in period (30 minutes with no ...

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