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    Ryobi Gas Pressure Washer won't idle

    I had a similar problem with a Honda powered pressure washer but it was the commercial GX series motor, not the GC. I have a Husqvarna chain saw that would not start after sitting. It is the damn methanol.It gets in the idle passages and makes a gummy mess. There is nothing for it but to clean out the carb and switch to the little overpriced cans of methanol free gas. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Blade slips on Black & Decker skil saw

    I assume item #4 has a shoulder that is thicker than the blades you are using. Can you get a spare and just file a little off the shoulder so there is snug fit? Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Tools that you won't see in the USA

    Not surprising; they bought SawStop. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  4. Google " installing aircraft rivets" They are solid rivets that are air hammered from one side while a dolly is held against the back. In things like leather work they use 2 piece rivets that are put together in the same way. They are very flat on both sides but not exactly structural. In both cases the rivet grip range must be matched to the thickness. That is also true of blind "pop" rivets. If you use the shortest one who's grip range covers your thickness, there will not be a lot sticking out the back. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Charging UK Dewalt batteries in the USA

    You can buy a US battery charger or buy a transformer type converter. They take 120 in and put out 230. Some are reversable and can be fed from the other side, being fed 230 and putting out 120. Stepping AC up and down is done all the time. The difference in frequency should make little difference in this application. A ways back met someone from a 230 country with a device he brought with him. He had been sold a transformer intended for Americans traveling abroad, It stepped the voltage down instead of up. I opened it up and reversed the cord and socket connections to the transformer and his 230 device ran perfectly. Your charger draws 1 amp at 230. That means that the smallest transformer should have no problem. It would only draw around 2 amps from the 120 receptacle. We are talking about a transformer rated at alittle over 230 watts. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Long-Gone Retail Chains

    Every part of the country must have chains that evenually folded. I remember, Times Square stores, Pergament, Bradlees, Great Eastern Mills, EJ Korvette. Most if Sears'/K Mart's problem can be laid on one person, Eddie Lambert, who has been bleeding the company since he took it over. Even in bankruptcy he is trying to squeeze out a few more bucks, hanging his many creditors out to dry. The biggest victims are the retirees and the remaining 50000 that will be shortly out if work, no matter what he tells the bakruptcy judge. His plan for a 400 store Sears is no more viable than the several thousand branch chain he destroyed. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Heating the garage...

    I don't know how you were able to use that torpedo in the garage? I bought one and they tell you to leave a door partially open to get some fresh air. I opened the side door a little in my 2 car garage and almost instantly got a CO headache. I opened it more, I opened one overhead door a little. I opened it more. By the time I stopped getting sick from that thing, the garage was too open for the heater to do any good. I returned it. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Heat Gun Makita HG651C - Type of thermocouple installed

    I really doubt it is a thermocouple. They require a mess of electronics to function and would serve no purpose in a heat gun. It is unlikely to be a thermistor, either. What you probably have is a thermal fuse, quite common in heating devices, like heat guns and coffee pots. They are in there in case the device overheats. The temp it pops at should be on the fuse. It is probably in °C. They are generic electronic items available from distributors like Digikey or Mouser but it might be less trouble to get it from Makita, especially if you cannot read the value on the old one. The original may be spot welded but replacements usually come with barrel crimps. Solder would melt. Leave enough of the old leads so you can crimp on the replacement. One size does not fit all. Get the right temp. fuse for your gun. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Harbor Freight

    Watch theYoutube video comparing the comfort grip 24 or 25" breaker bars from Snap On, Matco, Mac and HF. All of the others are well North of $100. The HF is well under $20 with the ever present coupon. On an industrial torque tester it worked just as well as the overpriced truck stuff. In some cases you are laying out tons of money for alleged peace of mind. The Pittsburgh Pro impact sockets are functionally as good as any and very inexpensive. If you can't be bothered, that's fine but there are some very good deals if you take the trouble. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Parts for All Pro Professional Tools Jig Saw

    There are many brands that some importer slaps a name on with no product support. They intend for them to be throw aways. If it is just the battery, places like Batteries Plus can rebuild a pack for you. I am guessing it is NiCd powered. If the charger is shot you are probably out of luck. It is a sad state of affairs but even some more expensive imports only have a short replacement warranty with no parts and service support. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    wire a powermatic artisan saw to 220V

    That is clearly a misprint. It should say TAPE. They want you to tie and and insulate those two wires together. I prefer a wire nut to tape. To clarify what is going on, draw the 120 and 240 wiring diagrams on paper. Now add a coil between terminals 1 & 2 and another between 3&4. Those are the two windings inside the motor, that the numbered wires go to. On 120 the two windings are in parallel so there is 120 across both of them. On 240 the windings are in series, so there is still 120 on each winding. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Fix or Replace?

    You don't sound too comfortable ripping into the tool but unless the gear housing is cracked the most likely problem is a stripped gear, which should not be that expensive. It may well involve pressing a bearing or two. If it were mine, sheer curiosity would have the gear case apart but that may not work for you. I replaced a stripped gear set on a Makita rt. angle drill, some time ago. Still going strong. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    How to estimate life of a Makita battery ?

    More like 3.6 x 5. Virtually all rechargable batteries read higher than their nominal voltage, fresh off the charger. A fully charged car battery reads 13.8. They all rapidly drop to their nominal voltage with least bit of use. The lithium cells in power tools are 18650's. Look on ebay, Amazon, Battery Junction or almost anywhere and you will see the cells for sale and advertised as 3.6 volts. This is where we get DeWalt, using 4.2 and Milwaukee using 3.6 coming up with 20 and 18 volts. Back to your question. Lithiums have what is known as a flat discharge curve .It starts at 4.2 and almost immediately drops to a little over 3.6 and very gradually drops a little lower over the whole discharge cycle until it is amost fully discharged and then the voltage drops like a stone. The decrease in voltage is so slight over most of the discharge cycle, that unless you are way over or under at the start or the end it is very difficult to tell what percentage is left, over most of the discharge cycle. Temperature also alters the voltage. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  14. First, if you are talking about the older 18 volt NiCd batteries and 20 volt lithium batteries, they are both 18 volts. They got cute and rated the lithium batteries at the peak value coming fresh off the charger. Run it a few seconds and you are down to 18 volts. Even the NiCd's are over 18 volts, fresh off the charger. This has been discussed to death. Some companies call their lithiums 18 (Milwaukee) and some call them 20 (DeWalt). They can squeeze a lot more capacity (run time) and higher current available by putting cells in parallel with lithium cells. That was never done with NiCds. Brushless motors use power more efficiently and have no brushes to wear out but but torque is torque. Compare torque specs to detirmine which drill is more powerful. For a light user brushless will not show a big advsntage. It is the new sales fad. It is like synthetic motor oil in a lightly used car that gets regular oil changesThere are also new 4 pole brushed motors that are great performers. If the drill is your #1 device, I would look at Makita. They have the best Japanese keyless chuck, as opposed to the Chinese stuff used by others. I don't know anything about their combo kits. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Best Random Orbital Sander

    Fine Woodworking just did a review of 11 popular random orbit sanders The Festool RO 125 REQ came in as Best Overall, but at $510, that is no surprise. What was a surprise was Best Value went to Craftsman at Sears 320.39592. It performed almost as well as the Festool for only $55. I have concerns about buying from a company that may be gone tomorrow but if you consider it like an HF throw away, it might be a good deal. I am not sure but I think 320.xxxx is Chervon (China), the new owner of Skil that has been making some well reviewed stuff. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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