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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

The idea is to not rely on any single point of failure. For you to be planted six feet under, you want at least three things to have gone badly wrong at the same time. Your lockout padlock fell off. ...
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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

A de-energized circuit is like an unloaded gun Once I worked on a circuit. I shut off the breaker (I knew the circuit well, since it powered the lighting in the electrical parts crib) and double ...
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What is this set of claw-levers and bolts?

It is a gear puller. A two and and three arm, use to pull gears/bearings off off shafts/holes. Use the bolts to connect a pair of flats to the centre piece to the arms. The long screw goes in the ...
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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Yes! the tool is called a caulk gun. Use the spout cutter for cutting off the tip of the tube; then use the seal punch tool for poking holes in the foil seal.
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What are these tools used for?

The top tools appear to be dies - used for cutting screw threads on rods. The lower tool appears to be a tap wrench (a tap is a tool a little like a drill bit, but used for cutting threads inside a ...
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What's the name of this type of screwdriver that turns when pushed?

Also known as a spiral ratchet screwdriver. An old design, used by professionals and amazingly still available. One advantage is it has no batteries to go flat and no waiting for it to charge!!
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Tool Identity and Use

It appears that you have a Stanley™ Saw Blade Set tool. It's possibly the model 42SS as per an eBay posting currently active. This image from above linked auction/purchase posting. There are other ...
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What's the name of this type of screwdriver that turns when pushed?

That is a push pull ratchet screwdriver. It has a spiral shaft mechanism that turns the push/pull into rotary motion. This would be a relatively bad choice for any new holes (e.g., screw into wood ...
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What is an adjustable wrench fit for tightening bolts?

Most likely these are self-adjusting wrenches. There are a lot of variations of these, but here's one example: (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Self-adjusting_wrench.jpg) A search on big-box-...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten this bolt in a really awkward spot?

Based on the one picture and the fact that you can use a socket on the nut until you run out of socket, you seem to require a plain old adjustable wrench, open-end wrench, or box end wrench for the ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

Bolt cutters are not really the best tool for cutting off rusted closet bolts. I usually use a "mini-hack" saw:
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What type of tool has rings of teeth that spin freely on a shaft?

From a German website: Russka Dermapuncture anti-pain roller This massage method can promote blood circulation, relax muscles and thus relieve pain. The uniaxial Dermapuncture anti-pain roller 100 ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I would caution against using any bolt cutters on the toilet hold down bolts. The reason being that they typically will apply a significant pressure against the porcelain base of the stool and crack ...
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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

Not all insulated screwdrivers are the same Those that are UL® tested up to 1000V and also conform to IEC 60900:2012, ASTM F1505-10 & NFPA 70E standards, are specifically designed and intended ...
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What is an adjustable wrench fit for tightening bolts?

What you saw was a pipe wrench. You can see the obvious black upper jaw there, with the adjusting nut on the upper jaw. Not so obvious: the black upper jaw has about 5 degrees of flex/play, rotating ...
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What is the point of this double-ended spanner?

According to the thread on the Garage Journal web site, these type of wrenches featured 2 different Jaw sizes and were also thinner than normal so as to be more easily used in tight spaces. This is ...
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Torque delivered by a hand ratchet with 1/2" socket

Okay my curiosity was piqued. I am an average 60 something year old guy who turns a wrench for a living. I clamped my old school Beam Type Torque Wrench in a vise. Using a 1/2" square x 3/8 drive ...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten this bolt in a really awkward spot?

OK, I see now how that is set up. Get a shorter bolt and nut from a hardware store (you know, the small, family owned kind, often with an ACE or HWI sign, that has a whole aisle full of sliding trays ...
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How to remove rivets?

Those are rivets (specifically pop-rivets), they are a permanent fastener not intended to be easily or routinely disassembled and reassembled. There are many ways to remove them Drill You can drill ...
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What kind of tool can I use to tighten this bolt in a really awkward spot?

Occam's Razor - get some shorter bolts. Note you probably need the same markings on the head as the original. These could be grade 5 or grade 8. Don't get the cheap bolts for a task like this. It ...
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What is the point of this double-ended spanner?

I used to have one of those (Crescent brand). The jaws at either end had significantly different capacities. One tool instead of two. As someone who frequently had to lug a heavy tool bucket around, ...
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Spray can pole extender

That's from Best of Wordless Workshop by Ray Doty; the original was a monthly column in Popular Science. (Published sometime between 1971-1985) The retail versions probably make more sense, but you ...
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What is this nut called and can it be removed and reused/replaced?

I wish comments would allow pictures, but what you have is something generically called a "push on fastener" I have to disagree with jsotola, I consider them "barely reusable", ...
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What are insulated screwdrivers for if you’re not supposed to work on a live circuit?

Part of your comments actually answer part of your question. First let me point out NEC 100 "Definitions" and the term Qualified Person. That's one who has the skill and the training ... to recognize ...
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What is the term for an adjustable spanner with the opening at the side?

It's a monkey wrench, if you can believe that, or a coach wrench. Adjustable coach wrenches for the odd-sized nuts of wagon wheels were manufactured in England and exported to North America in the ...
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Rake handle screw keeps falling off

A long enough machine screw or bolt with a lock nut will work. Drill a hole though both sides of the plastic rake using the screw hole as a guide. Take out that screw and measure the inside of the the ...
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What is the point of this double-ended spanner?

If you are working on something with a LOT of fasteners, of two different sizes, you wouldn't want to be continuously adjusting a single wrench back and forth. This lets you have both settings ...
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Should I store my staple gun with the handle up or down?

I can't say for every stapler, but this works for all the ones I've used; While in the Open position, pull the lever handle backwards. This will disengage it from the spring mechanism, and you can ...
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What (in the US) do you call the type of wrench that is made from a steel tube?

This is a tubular wrench. Apart from the British "box wrench" term, "tubular" is in my experience the most common generic name for these tools. You can get a full set of them (I ...
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