My 9-year-old son with an ADHD diagnosis has recently embraced his love of tools and tinkering. Yay! However every project he embarks upon brings such disorder in its wake, his workshop (our garage) is in a constant state of chaos and is frequently unsafe. How do I help him (and keep my own sanity)? [more inside]
I was just wondering if anyone knew of other good comparison sites (the best, runner-up, budget choice, etc) for items in the vein of The Sweethome (house stuff), The Wirecutter (gadget & gizmos), The Nightlight (baby stuff), Ken Rockwell (camera stuff), etc? I'm specifically looking for a tool-centric site, but I'm curious what else is out there as well.
Which is the better approach, buying an all in one electronic repair kit set or just compile one from various vendors? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy an unusual router bit to put in a CNC router which takes 1/4" shank bits, but the bit I've found is listed as having a 6mm shank. Can I expect that the vendor (or manufacturer) is just pretending at being metric and ignoring the 0.35mm difference in their listing, or are there incompatible metric router bits out there in the world?
When I use the hedge trimmer to do anything except trimming hedges (such as trimming the weeds that grow between the wooden steps out back), I inevitably nick the power cord. I need something that will either help keep the power cord away from my feet (like an extra-long "strain relief" spring), or a better shielded cord that is trimmer-proof. Suggestions?
What checklists and frameworks do you use in your professional life? [more inside]
I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
I need a tool to loosen torx screws (T27) in a space that has about an inch of clearance. [more inside]
Going through our kitchen gadget drawer, we can across what looks like nothing so much as a wand. It has a label on it that says it's from Scotland. What is this thing?
Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
Is there some kind of class, part-time apprenticeship, or in-home tutor I can use to get hands-on handyman training near Livonia, MI? [more inside]
Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
What can I splurge on? Tool Edition. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a picture of how one would use a stick or handle to more easily twist a straining bag or nut milk bag. [more inside]
I have fine, long, wispy, ultra-ultra-straight hair and according to the hairdresser, lots of it. I would like to occasionally have some loose, simple curls or waves, for going out, weddings and other dressy events. [more inside]
Help a homeowner spend $500 to expand his basic tool collection. What will give me the most value and use for my money? [more inside]
At a website I write for, a reader sent in a photo of a brass tool, wondering what it was. I'm sure somebody here knows! [more inside]
Can you recommend online resources to help me memorize the anatomy of several animals for a biology test? [more inside]
Data recovery tools: What are the best free tools that are currently available? Also, I have this hard drive that is being a jerk. [more inside]
System/network/desktop admins, what tools and utilities do you keep in your virtual toolbox? [more inside]
Mr Sandman, bring me a sander, make my walls (and cupboards and furniture) the smoothest they’ve ever been
What kind of sander should I get to sand a variety of household projects? This weekend, I’ll be sanding the untreated pine interior of some fixed cupboards and shelves, with lots of tight, awkward corners. I'll also be sanding back spakfilla on masonry walls where I’ve filled in nail holes. I’m sanding so I can paint. Later on (in a few months) I might sand down some wood furniture. I don’t think I’ll use the sander for any exterior work. What kind of sander should I get AskMe – and why? [more inside]
I'm wanting to build a sculpture armature for small-to-medium-sized clay work. It'll be pretty typical, except that I want the horizontal support arm to have two articulated, lockable joints so I can easily reposition a sculpture while I'm working on it. I was picturing three long, thin bolts of a few inches length screwed on to some kind of joint with a wingnut. I've looked at hardware stores but haven't found anything like this and I'm not sure how to articulate what I need. [more inside]
Your kitchen implements that aren't meant for kitchen: tell me of them. [more inside]
For the academics out there: are there any new tools for academics out there that have changed your life for the better? How do you find them? [more inside]
What are some good examples of unusual items being used as surprisingly effective weapons? [more inside]
What should I put in a kit of tools for my young daughters, and at what age can I give it to them? [more inside]
Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
Can you help ID these rifle tools from a 1937 Russian rifle? [more inside]
Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
I just purchased a Suzuki SV650 and I want to know where I can find a starter tool kit for maintaining the motorcycle. I bought a Haynes Service Manual/Handbook and want to regularly maintain the bike myself. Changing oil, check spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure, drive chain wear, etc... I would rather not buy all the tools separately one by one as that would not only be more time consuming but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
A while back I found a web page for nice OSX tool for fixing the dates of a set of pictures by allowing the user to sort them graphically in a timeline. Sadly I did not download it then, and now I seem to have lost the link. Does anyone know what this tool is?
How do I best speed up my salad-making? [more inside]
I'm thinking of building a utility trailer. I can't weld: no experience or tools for it. Would bolting and/or riveting do the trick and make for a sturdy trailer? [more inside]
I'm looking for a second hand jigsaw that is equivalent in quality to a Bosch GST 100 BCE - any ideas? [more inside]
Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
WoodworkingFilter-- I need a basic list of wood sculpting tools [more inside]
How can I strip a USB cable? [more inside]
Help me man-up! Inspired by these questions, I would like some pointers about how to become a more capable, handy man. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find an old wood lathe to restore and turn massive burls? This isn't your father's lathe, it's more likely your great grandfather's lathe and hasn't been out of the barn since before the War. It weighs half a ton. If you hang out at the VFW or in old union halls and ask around a massive bowl will be your reward for the beta. I'll go anywhere in the Northeast if it's cheap and farther than that if it is free.
Seeking your recommendation for best eyebrow tweezers. [more inside]
I need help identifying a set of hand tools. [more inside]
Do I really need a soldering station? [more inside]
What did the optometrist use to make my vision so much better, and how does it work? [more inside]
I'm finishing my MBA next month and am moving from my Product Management role into a newly created Program Manager position for our business unit. [more inside]