Tool Frequently Asked Questions

Which air compressor is right for me?

Can I plug my air compressor into any socket?

What should I look for in air tool accessories?

Are there replacement parts for my air tools?

Should I get a big or small air compressor?

Should I rent or buy my first air compressor

What is the compressor duty cycle?

How heavy is too heavy for a tool belt or tote?

Are there specialty tool belts for women?

How can I organize all these tools?

What can I do about the oily residue at the bottom of my tool box?

How should I store my tools?

How can I secure my hand tools?

What should I do with my old hand tool storage solutions after I outgrow them?

What is a pick up tool?

When would I need a screwdriver magnetizer/demagnetizer?

What good is a magnetic sweeper?

Why do I need a rechargeable flashlight?

What's in a drywal repair kit?

How do I fix cracks in my drywall?

What accessories are available for my rechargeable flashlight?

Do I need a vacuum pick up tool?

What options do I have with cordless tool kits?

Should I buy a dual charger?

Where do I start with cordless tools?

What does my cell phone have to do with cordless power tools?

How does cold weather affect cordless battery life?

What can I do about my bottom heavy cordless drill in the tool belt?

What are my cordless tool battery choices?

What should I do with these old tools?

Rent or buy? Which is best?

Should I buy discount power tools?

What should I look for in used power tools?

What safety issues are connected with circular saws

Can I cut any tile dry?

What is a bar clamp?

What is quick grip clamp?

What is a cable clamp?

When would I need a heavy-duty vise?

What is a pipe clamp?

What is a variable angle strap clamp?

What is the difference between a permanent and temporary clamp?

What are my staple gun options?

What is a power hammer?

What rivet tools should I buy?

How would I use blind rivet tools and blind rivets?

What kind of staple gun should I get for upholstery?

Soldering iron or gun?

Is soldering material dangerous?

What good is a measuring wheel?

What are those extra markings on my tape measure?

How can I get better results from my tape measure?

Why use a laser level?

What's a stud finder?

Can I get a combination stud finder and laser level?

Why does my stud finder keep "finding" nails?

What is cutting fluid?

My bandsaw has an auto cut-off. Is it safe to run unattended?

How do I choose the right blade for my circular saw?

What is kickback?

What is the difference between contractor table saws and cabinet saws?

What should I look for in table saw blades?

What is a reciprocating saw?

Can I sharpen my drill bits?

Can I sharpen a dowell bit?

What should I know about an electric drill bit sharpener?

What are my choices in router bits?

What should I know about bit selection and cutting time?

What safety issues are connected to routers?

Can I build an inexpensive table for my router?

What kinds of bolt cutters are there to choose from?

What are tin snips?

Why bother with a hand saw?

What should I include in my first set of pliers?

What are lineman's pliers?

Where can I find left-handed tools?

What kinds of files should I add to a woodworking kit?

What should go into my first automotive tool set?

I've got all my tools. Anything else I should know?

Will I need additional tools for car stereos, alarm systems, and other add-ons?

Should I buy metric or standard wrenches?

What is a crowfoot socket wrench?

What is an oil filter wrench?

My socket set is so large I can't find any of them quickly. Help!

What safety issues are raised by dull tools?

What are my rights and responsiblities on the job with power tools?

What's the difference between safety glasses and safety goggles?

What is an eyewash station?

What can I do to increase safety on the job with newcomers?

What can I do to increase my personal safety margin around power tools?

Where can I find the federal guidelines for power tool and hand tool safety in the workplace?

What is drywall corner bead?

Can I texture a drywall project?

How do I fix a "doorknob hole" in my drywall?

Can I install bathroom or decorative tile directly onto drywall?

What should I know to safely install my new gutters

What do I need to replace vinyl siding?

Should I add primer to my drywall before painting?

What can I do about all this chalky drywall residue?





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