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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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Can I use a rusty soldering iron?

I am thinking of getting back into stained glass. One of the projects I want to work on is to fix a stained glass window that has a section with a crack in it. I was given a couple soldering irons ...
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What type of arbor should I use to fix this holesaw?

Where can I buy the arbor for this type of holesaw. The ones I've found are hex shaped. Could you recommend a n arbour that would fix this hole saw
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Where can I find a 1/2" bit screwdriver?

I have a 3/8" bit screwdriver but the bolt I need to unscrew is even bigger than that and TIGHT, so using that screwdriver is starting to strip the screw a bit. I can't find a bigger one anywhere ...
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How can I measure water/moisture content within a wall cavity?

Related to improper placement of a vapour barrier within wall insulation, are there any tools or methods for measuring water/moisture content within a wall cavity?
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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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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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How can I repair a fiberglass ladder?

I have a 10 ft fiberglass step ladder that was damaged when someone used it on unstable ground. This ended up ripping one of the rivets on the middle locking brace out of the fiberglass. Anyone have ...
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What size ratchets do I need to assemble some new equipment?

I recently purchased a power rack and various other bits and pieces for the home gym. In the instruction manual the nuts and bolts on the hardware list state the following sizes: 1/2" × 3 - 1/2" 1/2" ...
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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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What are the names of these tools and what are they used for? [closed]

Found these in my Dad's collection. Any ideas of what they are called and what they were used for? The top tool is 11 3/4" and the bottom one (with one end like a flat screwdriver) is 6".
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I need a tool that hogs off stock to fix the side of a panel

I need to fix a panel and this is exactly what I need but i don't know what its called. Can someone help me out? https://youtu.be/teQYBrA7sX0?t=3m50s
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What router bearing can I use to reduce groove depth?

I order this 3/32 slotting bit from Amazon. Shank size 1/4, depth of cut up to 9/16. I only need 3/8 depth (slightly over is ok), but I could not find the right bearing. There are router bearing sets ...
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Inferring wire gauge from cable size

Is there any way to infer the gauge of the wires inside an NM cable from the size and shape of the cable? I reckon a round cable is generally -/3 W/G and a flatter cable -/2 W/G, but I do not know how ...
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“Built-in corrosion inhibition” - Does it work? How?

I recently bought a new toolbox to tame the piles of tools I've acquired for general home maintenance in my first year of home ownership. It's the Kobalt 26" hammer box; good size, sturdy enough for a ...
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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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Differences Between a Cast Iron or Steel Base for a Belt Sander?

Are there any significant differences between a cast iron base or a steel base for a 4" x 36" belt sander? I know that cast iron tends to be stronger but crack more instead of flexing like how steel ...
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Is it necessary to keep tools lubricated?

I've noticed that some of my tools, especially the more expensive ones (e.g., a wire cutter), come lubed. So, is it necessary to keep them lubricated? If so, what kind of oil should I use?
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What nap roller should I use for primer?

And does it matter, in choosing the nap, what the sheen of paint will be used over the primer? E.g. if I do my bathroom in semi-gloss using 3/8" nap vs living room in flat with 1/2" nap, should I also ...
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What tool would you use to cut through cinder block?

I have a hidden room in my house that I would like to turn into a closet. The room (currently only accessible from the outside through the vent) vents the utility room to the outside. I'm not sure why ...
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What type of air hose should I use?

I have the compressor which can be seen below and I would like to connect one of the the two Alligator Compressor Nipples. Question Will the hose work with the first nipple? Does there exist a ...
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How to choose between chrome-coated and oxidation-treated tools? [closed]

How do I choose between a chrome-coated (nice and shiny) and an oxidation-treated (dark oxidized surface) tool, all else being equal - same steel, same design, same handles, just one has its metal ...
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What is purpose of the slot at the base of my drill's handle?

The photo below shows a drill I own; there is a slot at the base of the handle. Is this simply to hang things from, or does it serve another purpose? Drill is a DeWalt model DWD210G.
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What's the best tool for shoveling gravel?

I have a couple of cubic meters of gravel (3-4cm, round, no edges) in a big pile. I want to move this gravel, some of it becomes foundation for the kids' sand pit, and some should go along the outer ...
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how to drill a 2 1/2 in by 5 in long hole in wood?

I am wanting to make my own tiki torches, by drilling a hole 2 1/2 in wide by 5 inches deep in the end of a small log. I can't seem to find spade bits any bigger then 1 1/2 in, and nothing long ...
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Can I use a rotary tool to sharpen knives and other blades?

Anybody used Dremel effectively to sharpen knives and things like chisels and scrapers? What kind of bits are good for that application? Also, what do you call an electromotor that is clamped to a ...
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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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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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Request for proper word - “bur?”

Sometimes certain things call for a washer to be put on a metal shaft, and then in order for the washer to not come back out, you would hammer the top of the shaft so that it deforms. I've heard ...
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What to use to cut large roots

I have a big Sycamore tree in my front yard and the roots are growing towards the foundation of my house. One of the roots is about a foot from the foundation. My husband is not able to do the work, ...
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Can oscillating “multi-tools” sand vertical surfaces?

I need to sand some rough spots on our old front door before repainting and am considering buying/using a multi-tool for this task (as well as some tricky flooring and drywall tasks later). What's ...
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Tiny screws/bolts/other fastener - what is it and how do I get it out?

dont know what these fasteners are or how to remove them. Some kind of bolt i think. Bolt head is totally smooth and round. Screws into a circular receptical with a tiny circular divit. Can't figure ...
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When is it appropriate to use a wood rule rather than a tape measure?

Wood rules and tape measures are similar tools, and I've realized I almost always default to the tape measure. When should I be using a wood rule instead?
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How do I tighten this screw?

I have a fairly new bathroom suite. The toilet seat has a nifty quick-release hinge which allows you to just press two buttons to take it off for cleaning. Underneath, the hinge assembly is fixed on ...
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What's the spanner called for these “four side notch” collars/bolts?

Notice this thing, for a 30mm ... What is the tool to tighten that properly? It would seem to be best if it was a long tube-like thing you slid down from the top and tightened, but, maybe there's a ...
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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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How to cut 45 angles in quarter round shoe molding with circular saw?

I do not own a mitre saw, which seems like the best tool for cutting skinny quarter round shoe moulding at 45 degree angles. While I can manipulate the angle on my circular saw, which worked very ...
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What tool should I buy to cut through very hard plastic?

I have this 55 gallon blue drum that I just picked up from car spa, but the top is not removable. What tool should I buy to remove just the top part of the plastic drum so that I can replace it with a ...
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What are my compact CNC milling machine options for stone carving?

I am looking for suggestions about a small and compact CNC milling machine to sculpt decorative figures in metal and stone plates. I have no experience with such machines (I once saw an industrial one ...
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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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Can someone please tell me the name or purpose of this tool? Thanks

Please identity this tool. Thanks.
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How to cut thick felt carpet pad?

We are installing carpeting and purchased felt pad for it. Using a utility knife, though, even changing the blades frequently, we are having a really hard time cutting it. Is there a tool, technique,...
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Which end of an Allen Wrench should I be using?

When using Allen Wrenches (Hex Keys), I've always held onto the long end because I figured it gave me better leverage and torque. Sometimes, in hard to reach places, I would hold the short end. Then ...
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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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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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What is the name for a drill bit that makes conical holes?

What is the drill bit on the far left hand side of the machine in the first picture? I believe it cuts holes shaped liked those in the second picture, which is something I'm trying to achieve. Is it ...
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When extending a wrench using a breaker bar, should I connect the two with a spline bit?

Can I use my wrench/spanner which has a box end / 12-point spline, and connect a breaker bar using a 12-point spline bit to it to get extra leverage. Or is it more common to use extending bar/pipe ...
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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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Home tool for making wood edge slots?

I have some planks and would like to make a wooden plate. So far I've seen this done by connecting the planks together but they've always had these prepared edges which hopefully the two images will ...
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How do we remove a 1940 Crane tub spout base adapter that is inside the wall?

We have a 1940 Crane bathtub spout that leaks when the shower-head is on. We want to replace the spout, so we have removed it but need to remove the base adapter (correct term?) that is inside the ...
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Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?

I have a drywall job that I'm struggling to do with my hand tools and circular saw and can see a real need for a Spiral Saw RotoZip type of tool. But it'm not so keen to buy something so specialized ...

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