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    Gonna do some foam for my drawers so while I have my ratchets all in one place, here ya go

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    2024/05/20
    14:10 UTC

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    Umpeenth post about loosening with torque wrenches

    My torque wrench has a reverse ratched, meaning it can torque left hand threads. As long as the fasteners that I want to unscrew are NOT above the set torque AND I don't insist after the wrench clicks, I should be able to safely unscrew a fastener, right? Mine reaches 220Nm so I have a very big window.

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    2024/05/20
    13:02 UTC

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    NTD: knew I should of got the tow bar option on the company car

    4 Comments
    2024/05/20
    09:15 UTC

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    Garage compressor condensate disposal?

    For those running oiled compressors. What do you do with the oil contaminated condensate from the tank?

    3 Comments
    2024/05/20
    05:54 UTC

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    Vise-Grips on the jobsite

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    2024/05/20
    04:21 UTC

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    I need a tool to pull nails straight up.

    We have ripped the carpet off our stairs in preparation of having it repainted and the balusters replaced. There was a small wood strip on each step and riser that we removed, they were fastened with very thin nails. When we try to pull the nails out, since we can't punch them out the back side, any tool we use breaks them off. I need a tool to pull them straight up. Grab on and pull straight up. Thee is not enough of a head to grab with a claw hammer, pulling with pliers of any kind bends them and they snap off at the bend. Does this tool exist? My only option is to leave them for the painter and I do not want to stick him with this.

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    2024/05/20
    03:32 UTC

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    Is this a good deal? (Prices in CAD)

    Looking to get myself an air compressor for car detailing and just general use around the house.

    Came across this one due to the adequate CFM count for certain car detailing tools.

    Anyone have experience with this compressor and is this a good price (CAD)?

    Thanks in advance!

    1 Comment
    2024/05/20
    02:12 UTC

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    My SMART trailer (Ron Paulk inspired)

    Finally getting to the end with my SMART trailer build. I don’t have as much time as I would like and weight is a concern which is why I went with pack-out drawers. I have shore power for the air, chargers, and lighting. This is in a Homesteader 3.5k 6x12 and it probably took 20-30 hours to get to this point.

    4 Comments
    2024/05/20
    01:08 UTC

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    Vise ID?

    I just acquired this from my grandma. What the heck kind of vise is this?

    11 Comments
    2024/05/20
    00:50 UTC

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    Love my 2nd hand Snap-On 1/2 Digital Torque!

    With ease torqued all my lugs for my tire rotation 140 ft pounds.. bought this torque a while ago for under 300 calibrated and minty condition!

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    2024/05/20
    00:43 UTC

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    drill bit sizes

    do they make drill bits bigger than 1/2 inch? need something a little bigger than 1/2 inch but so far not seeing one.

    9 Comments
    2024/05/20
    00:11 UTC

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    Ntd

    Wife got these all for under $10 at a garage sale anyone know what the 2 in question are?

    5 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:55 UTC

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    Do you think this Channel Lock guide is reliable enough to go buy a 6mm open end wrench ?

    I might want to put a wrench on this torx driver....for some reason I can't find a 6mm wrench in my kit....do you think a Channel Lock adjustable is close enough tolerance to gauge the shank size and buy a single wrench ? I'm only using the adjustable to get an idea of the shank size, it's not written on the screwdriver, I can't use the adjustable in this use case, it's way to big. You'll have to zoom in to the jaws to see the ruler.

    https://preview.redd.it/gmfxvgwotg1d1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=062031038e3e10fa2a183cbe07673d455f37005c

    8 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:13 UTC

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    Sunday Scaries

    4 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:11 UTC

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    Figured a lot of people may not like this picture

    Actually using a nepros ratchet in the states

    13 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:09 UTC

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    Most Important Tool...

    In a previous thread someone posted what was the most important tool you carried around in your box or in your bag and I replied my Fisher Price barnyard animals chicken that clucks when you pull the tail. it's a flashlight.

    2 Comments
    2024/05/19
    22:11 UTC

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    Best ratcheting sets regardless of price?

    So I’m looking for a really nice ratcheting wrench set to get for my husband who is consistently working on cars and small engines amongst other things. I don’t want the best “budget” set, I want the best set period (maybe not if it costs a grand, but I’m willing to drop some hundreds) - I looked through many threads after searching and GearWrench comes up a lot, but I wanna know if there’s something even better than that. I just want to get him a really nice set for his birthday, and I’m asking now so I’ll have time to save a little extra cash to drop on something good. Thanks!

    44 Comments
    2024/05/19
    21:45 UTC

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    Smoking Angle Grinder

    Hey everyone, I just bought a new Craftsman angle grinder. It was around $50 from lowes. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect, but it started smoking after a few minutes of use. I’m not even using it for grinding, I have a cotton wheel on it and i’m polishing an aluminum tool box. Any thoughts?

    7 Comments
    2024/05/19
    21:43 UTC

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    Craftsman Professional Value

    This Craftsman Professional table saw is listed on Facebook at $600, but the seller came down to $450. What do you all think it is worth? I have seen a lot of mixed information online.

    9 Comments
    2024/05/19
    21:11 UTC

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    Class Action Lawsuit VS Kobalt/Lowes?

    I am a local diesel mechanic who understands the old saying, “time is money”. Which from a technician standpoint hinges on many factors, tools being major part of it. There is a reason professionals who have been in the industry use quality tools: reliability, convenience, time management.

    I own many brands of tools ie Snap on, Matco, Craftsman, Pittsburgh, etc. I recently broke a Husky 1/2 impact swivel I bought from my local Home Depot. I have since moved shops so the only hardware store around is Lowe’s.

    I have many Craftsman products passed down that have since broke that I have replaced at Lowe’s for an equivalent no issue. (Not sure if it was just the certain location I exchanged at for the ease of service but I digress)

    I went to my Lowe’s store to buy a replacement swivel which Kobalt had one but only in a set paired with the 3/8 impact swivel as well. So sure, I buy it. A couple months later my 1/2 Kobalt swivel snaps from normal use. No problem, I will simply bring the broken tool in for an exchange. I should also note that Lowe’s and Kobalt offer “Hassle Free Guarantees- Lifetime Warranty”, printed in bright yellow on the front of the packaging.

    I arrived at Lowe’s customer service desk with the new set and my old broken 1/2. The associate looked puzzled as I presented this to her. She claimed I could not exchange without including the full set bought for exchange. This was odd to me simply because of the blatant warranty printed on the front claiming “Hassle Free”. I have been through Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, tool trucks, even Tractor Supply and Walmart warranty claims with no such problem for transaction.

    Sure, it sounds petty and I could easily go get me other 3/8s piece to get an exchange. But just find that to be a hassle and inconvenience on my end because they want to save a dollar. Not at all a good way to keep my business.

    Being curious on actual policy I called Lowe’s customer service then Kobalt customer service to find out if such a policy exists for requiring full return of all purchased in kit for exchange. Both customer service reps stated that yes, you must return all items. I then old Kobalt rep I will not be purchasing anymore Kobalt because of the inconvenience and he hung up on me.

    Through research I have seen multiple folks having issues with Lowe’s honoring their warranty claim. I find it to be false advertising and should remove “Hassle Free” from all packaging.

    Thanks for hearing my rant of being a Karen. I find pride in companies who bend over backwards to help their loyal customers. Interested in others opinions.

    44 Comments
    2024/05/19
    20:28 UTC

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