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Tool Tips. Step by Step Instructions On How To Use Specialty Tools and Solve Some DIY Dilemmas! Tool Tips. Step by Step Instructions On How To Use Specialty Tools and Solve Some DIY Dilemmas!

Screw Extraction

Stripped Screw Head

The dreaded stripped screw head!

We have all come across that stubborn screw that just won't come out and we have stripped the top of it before we realize it. Rusted screws are just as much of a challenge.

Kobalt 10-Piece Screw Extractor Drill Set

The Kobalt 10-Piece Screw Extractor Drill Set is an ideal kit to have on hand to remove various sizes of stripped screws it contains the drill bit and associated extractor side by side in the case.

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Here are step-by-step instructions on how to rescue your project from a stripped or rusted screw head.
  1. Select the drill bit and screw extractor that is approximately 2/3 of the diameter of the screw that you need to extract.
  2. Tap a centre punch to mark the centre of the screw head that you are going to extract and prevent the drill bit from slipping.
  3. Drill a 1/8" pilot hole in the centre of the broken screw.
  4. Drill to a depth equal to about 3 times the diameter of the screw to be extracted.
  5. Insert the extractor into the hole you have drilled and tap it in with a hammer.
  6. Twist the extractor counter-clockwise into the hole.
  7. Continue to turn until the screw is free.
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Combo Kits

WHAT ARE THEY?

Combo kits are a combination of tools in a set that offers savings vs. purchasing each tool separately.

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Consider battery platform that the tools use since many batteries and tools can be used together. Tools are now being sold without batteries and chargers and can be added to your set. Application, battery chemistry, voltage, charge time, weight, and warranty are other factors to consider.

Drills

WHAT IS IT?

A drill is a tool fitted with a cutting tool attachment or driving tool attachment, usually a drill bit or driver bit, used for drilling holes in various materials or fastening various materials together with the use of fasteners. target material.

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Drills are either electric (corded) or battery operated (cordless) and are designed for many applications. Some are featured with a hammer action that allows ease of drilling into masonry or concrete. These are known as hammer drills. With new battery technology, drills are becoming lighter and more powerful. New sub-compact cordless drills are now available that have a lot of power, are ultra light, and are very compact for those hard to reach areas.

Jig Saws

WHAT IS IT?

A jigsaw is a tool used for cutting arbitrary curves, such as stencilled designs or other custom shapes, into a piece of wood, metal, or other material.

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Corded or cordless. Some have a sole plate that can bevel that allows cutting of angles.

Circular Saws

WHAT IS IT?

A portable tool that uses a circular toothed blade or disc to cut into a variety of materials.

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Corded or cordless. Some have laser guides for more precise cuts. Worm drive circular saws use worm gears to generate significantly higher torque giving more power and are used for heavy duty use.

Reciprocating Saws

WHAT IS IT?

A reciprocating saw is a type of saw in which the cutting action is achieved through a push and pull (reciprocating) motion of the blade. Reciprocating saws have a large blade, a handle oriented to allow the saw to be used comfortably on vertical surfaces and a foot at the base of the blade to assist in countering the tendency of the blade to push away from or pull towards the cut as the blade travels through its cycle.

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Reciprocating saws range in power, speed, and features, from less powerful portable, handheld models that are usually shaped like a cordless drills, to high-power, high-speed, models. Most have variable speeds, either through trigger sensitivity or through a dial.

Step By Step - Cutting Lattice

Lattice

Lattice adds a decorative look and an extended touch of privacy to fence tops, deck edging and other backyard structures but it can be a challenge to cut it to the custom size that you need - safely and without breakage.

How do you safely cut lattice?

  1. ALWAYS wear closed clothing, AND eye and ear protection. You can cut right through the staples with the right tool but they will fly around - be safely covered and no harm will be done.
  2. Use a circular saw with the blade set to no more than 1/8" deeper than the depth of your lattice. A small circular saw can be used such as the Rockwell 3-inch bladed saw or the Dremel SawMax. You CAN use a jigsaw but the reciprocating motion is more likely to cause breakage and splintering.
  3. Place the lattice over 2 sturdy saw horses or work stands. Use clamps for extra safety or place a 2x4 close to the cut line to reduce shake or chattering while you cut.

Custom cuts of lattice cannot be done safely in-store due to the presence of staples - this would be very hazardous for our customers.

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