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 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 are the primary differences between air paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers?

I have an upcoming project where I'm going to need to be painting 7 interior doors and a few hundred feet of trim. Next summer I'm likely going to also have to start restaining the exterior of the ...
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How do I restore paintbrushes ruined by dried latex paint?

I have had a couple of good natural bristle brushes for several years. I've been careful about cleaning them until now, but a couple months ago I left them in a jar with water "to get back to tomorrow....
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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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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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Borescope recommendations (features)

I'd love to get a borescope, but I've never used one. Should I try to find a place to rent one first (does such a place even exist?) or should I bite the bullet and buy one? What features should I be ...
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Which way should an internal star lock washer go?

I want to attach a rear basket to my bicycle and I don't know a thing about nuts/bolts. I got a plastic bag full of nuts, bolts, washers, and what I believe (according to what I could find on the ...
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How to stop a circular saw from locking?

I've been using my new circular saw for about a week. Today while making a plunge cut it just locked. It didn't get stuck on anything inside the board and it consistently locked every time I tried to ...
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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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Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this job?...
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How do I get started with dovetail joints?

I've never made a dovetail joint before, and I'd like to do things right for my next project. I have the router and table and all that - but I don't have a dovetail jig. The prices vary from $40 to ...
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How do I get the most torque out of a spanner?

Recently I tried to get extra torque out of a spanner when unscrewing a bicycle pedal by lengthening the spanner with a piece of pipe and the spanner just broke apart. I realize that this was ...
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What are the names of these tools?

I wonder what names are for all these tools in the picture? How are they used and what are they used for?
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Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?

I'm wondering when should we choose a screwdriver. Can it be used to put screws in wood, concrete or metal without drilling a hole? If we need to drill a pilot hole anyway, why don't we just use ...
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What is this digging tool called?

A plumber came out to my house yesterday and had this tool on his arsenal which was basically a 3 or 4 ft long thin (1/2") fiberglass pole with a metal tip on the bottom and a handle on top which ...
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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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How do I choose a circular saw?

I've made do with hand tools for everything including the rare plywood job for several years now and I want to buy a good circular saw. I will not use it very often, but when I do it will be for ...
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What can these bits work on?

I wonder on what kinds of things the second, third and fourth bits from the left can work? What kinds of things can the fifth and sixth bits from the left work?
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Best way to fit a clothes washer under a counter

The under the counter space for the washing machine in our laundry room is slightly too low for our washer. I can't push it in any further because the enclosure isn't perfectly square and the washing ...
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What is this tool called?

It's like a crowbar with a screwdriver handle. I have found one called KM-569-A, but I need one for a job, and I have no idea what its called! Image: So, What is this called?
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Is it worth it to replace the stock blade of a miter saw?

I have heard that the stock blades that come with miter saws are "crap" and that you should replace the blade. I recently bought a normal consumer grade 10" miter saw (a Dewalt DW713) which I plan to ...
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What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?

Both a step drill bit and a knockout punch seem to be very similar, in that they both make holes in a metal box. The step drill seems to have an advantage, since it can make several size holes using ...
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How can I make sure my portable toolbox hasn't got any tools missing?

Background I have a big house and I've managed to have tools scattered across the house (basement shop, kitchen, garage (bike tools). I can't, at this time, consolidate them all in one place (no room ...
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What to consider from picking a toolbox?

I need a tolbox but have got no experience with one. Can you suggest what things to consider before I choose one? Some examples will be very helpful.
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Can I use a nailer with a higher consumption than my compressor's SCFM rating?

Can I run a pneumatic nail gun with a consumption of 4 SCFM max on a small portable 1HP compressor with a SCFM rating of about 3 SCFM @ 90psi? What about tools that with higher SCFM consumption say 5 ...
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Vernier caliper jaws shape purpose

I'm curious why this particular shape of jaws on digital caliper like this one has. I mean the tapered pointy ends of the outer and inner jaws. The different shapes of the inner jaws one having a ...
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How do you remove the tip of broken screw extractor bit?

I have a faucet handle with a striped hex socket screw. I tried to take it out with a screw extractor, but the tip broke off in the socket. Is there anyway to get this out, along with the hex head ...
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How can I loosen a hard-to-reach square nut whose holder is broken?

I've been attempting to disassemble a generator at work to replace the starter cord. Being a suitcase-type generator, it's proved to be excessively painstaking. However, it's almost apart - I just ...
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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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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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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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What type of brush to use with polyurethane?

I used this brush and got good results but I was wondering if there is even better. Are there brushes that are made specifically for polyurethane?
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Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?

I have a bunch of try/combination squares that I would like to store/hang in my work area but I cannot figure out a good system. Can someone recommend a good method to keep combination squares readily ...
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How can I measure lengths greater than 50' to a precision of less than 1/16"?

Is it possible to measure a length greater than 50' to a precision less than 1/16"? If so, what tools and/or techniques should I use to do so?
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Are off-brand framing nails compatible with my Craftsman nailer?

I have a Craftsman Clipped Head Angle Framing Nailer (28 degrees) Model No. 351.181790. They don't appear to stock the specific nails for this gun anymore. Which according to the manual are: 18351 -...
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Are there any tricks for using an oscillating multitool?

I recently got myself a Ridgid JobMax and I think I love it. I did spend quite a bit of time, however, trying to get through an old (100 year old home) 2x4 (dimensional). I don't know if the wood was ...
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How can I disassemble this old bathroom faucet to fix a leak, without damaging the decorative chrome piece?

Update 4: Once I followed Michael's suggestion I was able to remove the cartridge. Closest match was a Moen 1224, 131222. Inlet and outlet were very different, and rotation of valve was much greater ...
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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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How can I safely sand a small, thin item with a belt/disc sander?

I have small, thin items measuring roughly 4"x2" with a depth of only .33". I need to sand the back of them down evenly, and have been using a belt sander to do so. However, I'm a little nervous about ...
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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's a good cheap sander to 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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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 select a good Triangle (Speed square?)

My father is now retired and has returned to his hobby of being a woodworker. He's been helping me build a standing desk for my office and happened to mention while we was working that he wished he ...
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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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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

What I'm doing: taking rounded granite stones and cutting the bottoms flat with an angle grinder and drilling 2-3" the other side for a flower, pen, etc. (3/8") What I'm using: Bosch multi purpose ...
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Name of tool used to check/make squareness

I urgently need to know the name of this tool. I'm not talking about a try square. It has for pieces of plastic which have inside corners in them, exactly 90 degrees, a piece of string goes around ...
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Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?

What is the typical head weight (or weight range) for a general-purpose sledge hammer? Background: I've been shopping around online and have seen everything from a small 2 lb hammer to weights up to ...
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Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?

Many times I used a chisel to cut off a hard-to-reach piece of lumber, I was wishing I had an adequate blade for my 4.5" grinder, as I don't own an oscillating tool. Why is it hard to find? Is it ...
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Clamp meter with armored cable

I am considering a purchase of a clap meter but its initial purpose would be to test a circuit branch that is an ancient armored cable without ground, aluminum wire, cloth insulated (the house was ...
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Can rotary tool bits be used with a drill?

Can I use accessories like this Dremel 110 Piece Super Accessory Kit with a regular drill or impact driver? Are there any advantages of rotary tools over impact drivers? I would guess they might ...

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