Better tools last and last, and get you through many jobs, those you do both for recreation and in an emergency. Tape Measure Few tools translate to so many trades, from dressmaking to dressing stone—the convenient and compact tape measure makes all kinds of jobs possible. Also called a push-pull tape, the basic tape measure is spring loaded so that the tape retracts into its metal or plastic case when not in use.
It comes in all sorts of sizes, from 3-foot key-chain sized rules to bulky foot flexible rules. Wider tapes are bulkier, but also have the advantage of extending farther without the supporting hand of an assistant at the other end.
Combination Square As with any square, the principle job of a combination square is to advise its user when the relationship of two sides of an object is a true degree angle. The combination square is adjustable, consisting of a rigid steel rule, typically 12 inches long, with a headpiece that slides along its length. The headpiece has both a degree edge and one that forms a degree angle with respect to the rule. The combination square can be used to determine the squareness of a piece or joint or as a saw guide when using a handheld circular saw.
When the head is set at the end of the rule, the combination square can measure heights; and it can be adjusted to measure depths. Torpedo Level Usually 9 inches long and tapered at both ends, this handy tool is also known as a canoe or boat-shaped level. Inside the plastic, wood, or metal body Martha Carter - One Mans Woman/You Can Of You Think You Can (Vinyl) the torpedo level are two or three spirit tubes.
These sealed vials contain water, alcohol, or another clear liquid. Each tube or vial is slightly curved with two parallel lines drawn at its center. The vial is not quite full, leaving space for an all-important air bubble. The bubble vial has been precisely mounted so that when the bubble is aligned between the hairlines, it indicates that the body of the level, and thus the object being trued, is at true vertical or horizontal, depending upon how the vial in mounted in the level.
Handsaws Even in this age of power tools, the traditional handsaw has many uses. The basic handsaw has a blade roughly two feel long that tapers from the heel at the handle to its toe. Approach a handsaw as if to shake hands, grabbing its closed wood or plastic handle. The flat blade, typically of steel, will flex from side to side. The teeth may be designed for cutting across the grain crosscut saws or for cutting with it ripsaws. A or tooth crosscut saw of 22 inches is a good basic saw that can also rip a board if necessary.
Electric Drill This is one versatile tool—it will drill holes, sand and grind, stir paint, and drive screws and good basic electric drills start at a very modest price. The basic electric drill consists of a motor built into a pistol-shaped body. Older models lock the bits in place using a key that tightens the chuck, but most new drills use a keyless chuck that requires only the grip of your hand to tighten it. Another recent shift is to cordless drills. Claw Hammer When most people think of a hammer, the image of a claw hammer comes to mind.
The head has a face that is used to drive nails; on the opposite side of the head is a two-pronged claw that is used to pull nails out of wood. The head is steel, the handle can Martha Carter - One Mans Woman/You Can Of You Think You Can (Vinyl) of fiberglass, wood typically hickoryor steel. Fiberglass and steel hammers usually have rubber, plastic, or vinyl handles for a sure grip and shock absorption.
They range in size from small tack hammers to huge framing hammers that are 18 inches long and weight almost two pounds. For most people, a good general purpose hammer is moderate in size, weighing perhaps 16 ounces with a inch handle. The heads vary greatly, too, with flattened or curved claws.
Chose a smaller hammer for finer work; go larger if you plan to drive large nails. Screwdrivers Most screwdrivers share an overall design, consisting of a steel shaft called a shank, a tip called a blade, and a handle. But there are lots of variations in blades and handles, not to mention the oddball screwdrivers that have no shafts at all but instead use ratchets offset at a degree angle to the tip to drive screws in confined spaces.
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The pressure is exerted by both C-clamps and bar clamps by the screwdrive, typically driven by a T bar that forms a handle. A recent variation on the traditional bar clamp is the quick-grip clamp. These rely on a pistol-squeeze action. Random Orbital Sander A convenient, one-handed tool, the random orbital sander is driven by an electric motor. The motor spins a shaft on which a counterweight is mounted.
The combination of the weight, the spinning shaft, and an offset thrust bearing produces a random, varying motion. Which is to say, it spins and wiggles, never the same way twice, and does a neat job, producing little or no scratching across the grain.
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