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Old 9th September 2016, 16:48   #1381
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I advise that a single home drill should have a hammer function.

Everybody puts stuff up on walls. Brickwork, as well as concrete, should be drilled using hammer function. In fact, I'm surprised at a general purpose drill not having one. I suppose it isn't general purpose... but aimed at trades that are 100% drilling non-masonry materials.

I've had my ordinary, Corded Bosch drill for a couple of decades. It has a screw chuck: watch out for the newer quick-fit/release chucks. Do they take ordinary bits? My drill is too old for me to know the answer to that!
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I advise that a single home drill should have a hammer function.

Everybody puts stuff up on walls. Brickwork, as well as concrete, should be drilled using hammer function. In fact, I'm surprised at a general purpose drill not having one. I suppose it isn't general purpose... but aimed at trades that are 100% drilling non-masonry materials.

I've had my ordinary, Corded Bosch drill for a couple of decades. It has a screw chuck: watch out for the newer quick-fit/release chucks. Do they take ordinary bits? My drill is too old for me to know the answer to that!
I have a Bosch GSB 450RE (regular key chuck model) having normal and hammer drill functions. For my woodworking needs the normal mode is used, while for drilling in walls it's always the hammer mode.

For driving, I have a Makita TD0101 impact driver (quick keyless model) that takes hexagonal bits.

If one is ok with hand driving using screwdrivers, the impact driver may be skipped. But it is invaluable in my workshop due to it's ability to quickly drive in screws, pilot hole or no pilot hole.
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If one is ok with hand driving using screwdrivers, the impact driver may be skipped. But it is invaluable in my workshop due to it's ability to quickly drive in screws, pilot hole or no pilot hole.
Electric screwdrivers are made for the job, and I'm sure there is no alternative. However, even if I have to finish the tightening with a traditional screwdriver, I use my drill, on very slow speed, to get the majority of the screw into the wall.

I'm doing this maybe two to four times a year: it is just not worth investing in a real power screwdriver, although it is on the vague wish list. I also have a good selection of screwdrivers, including ratchet screwdrivers.

Another power-tool story. My basic Dremel tool was under the flood in December. The whole box was full of muddy water. I'd given it up and planned to get a new one, as it is one of those things that, even if rarely used, is indispensable when needed. But I didn't throw it out, and I picked it up a couple of days ago and found that it spins freely, so I'll see if it works and clean it up.

Something else that I put on the wish list recently is a reciprocating tool. Never got beyond being just aware of their existence, now thinking it could be a good thing to own (hey, no tool is a bad thing to own!). Does anyone have one and use it much?
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My basic Dremel tool ... is one of those things that, even if rarely used, is indispensable when needed.
I cannot find a better description for a Dremel than what you've just said. As an aside... "A Dremel"? "The Dremel", given it's a proper noun? "A Dremel tool"? Anyway.

I picked up a Dremel about two years ago alongside other tools, simply because everyone was rah-rah about a Dremel. Never used it since I unpacked it and played around. And then, a few weeks ago I needed to cut through and aluminium window frame, and it turned out to be perfect for the job.

It is a great tool, and I seriously believe that anyone who orders one should order goggles and a disposable face mask at the same time.
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Old 9th September 2016, 21:06   #1385
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As an aside... "A Dremel"? "The Dremel", given it's a proper noun? "A Dremel tool"? Anyway.
You can be an Arun, because there are numerous Aruns. I have a Dremel, not only because it is a mass-produced item but because there are multiple models. My Dremel is but one among many!
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I don't use face protection for drilling, but I do for any kind of grinding or polishing. But one can't overdo safety!
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Dremel is also one of my rarely used but indispensable tools that i own.

For cutting applications ive recently started to use my drill with the dremel cutting disc attached to it. Saves me time as mine is the fortiflex which needs to be set up as i dont have a fulltime workbench.

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Something else that I put on the wish list recently is a reciprocating tool. Never got beyond being just aware of their existence, now thinking it could be a good thing to own (hey, no tool is a bad thing to own!). Does anyone have one and use it much?
Like a reciprocating saw? I have a bosch one. Have used it to cut steel exhaust pipe and a 4 foot tall strong little tree stump (wish the blade was a little longer) close to the ground like how one would cut using a chain saw.

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Have bought these two items from Tolexo.com to add to my D.I.Y Tool collection.

Eastman T-Handle Wrench set
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Stanley 1/2" drive socket set - STMT72795-8
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Link: Stanley 1/2" socket set

MRP in total (Free Shipping): ₹ 2990.
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Like a reciprocating saw? I have a bosch one. ...
Yes, probably. Saw is one attachment, there is possibility of sanding, scraping, even polishing maybe, with different attachments.

For cutting, will do clever tricks like cutting flush to surrounding surfaces and cutting into the middle of a piece of wood without drilling a hole first.
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Can someone here give me a full listing of all the parts/tools in this roll please? And i am looking for something similar to carry on my motorbike with me - any suggestions on what to get where?
1. The L shaped tools on the bottom left are Allen keys, they come in different sizes. It is better to buy Allen Keys with black or brown finish as they are tougher and last longer. You can buy a set of metric allen keys offered by local brands like Taparia, they usually come in a set of 9.

2. The three sockets on the top left are spark plug socket, socket extension bar and socket adapter. They usually come as a package when one buys a socket set. It is better to go for 3/8th inch drive Socket Set rather than 1/4 inch drive(too small for automotive use) or 1/2 inch drive(too big and bulky for motorcycle use). For a 3/8th inch socket set you can either consider local brands like Taparia or Ambitec or foreign brands like Stanley or Bluepoint.

3. The three tools in the middle are double ended jaw spanners/wrench. These too come in a set and you can consider local and foreign brands mentioned above. I would recommend an adjustable spanner/wrench for its versatility and mobility. One need not carry several spanners instead just buy one 8 inch adjustable spanner/wrench which can loosen tighten most nuts on a motorcycle.

4. The tools on top of the spanner/wrench are screwdriver bits with two Phillips type and two slotted type bits. These bits are usually included in the 3/8 inch socket set.

5. The screwdriver shaped tool is called a multi-bit screwdriver wherein all the four bits will fit/slide inside the slot provided for required applications. Along with this it can also be used in combination with that small adapter on the top left(third from top) which can be slotted into the screwdriver to fasten/loosen nuts using the socket bits.

6. The circle head with a handle in between is called a round head ratchet which is mostly reversible for fastening/loosening nuts. It is a versatile tool and is the most widely used in auto as well as other industries for fastening/loosening nuts and bolts. The sockets can either directly fit onto the ball spring holder or can be fitted using the extension bar for hard to reach places.

7. The many tools on the right are called sockets. They usually come in metric size varying from 6mm to 32mm. They are included in the 3/8 inch drive socket set.

If you are the types who buys stuff online then procuring all these tools is a breeze but can turn a bit expensive. If you like hitting the brick and mortar stores you can mostly find all these tools under one roof besides asking for a healthy discount. Besides you can also touch and feel the tools for your liking. I have bought tools both online and offline depending on the availability. Happy buying.

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Background: Note 2 went Kaput. Samsung suggested the Motherboard be replaced. Turned out the eMMC chip is at fault. Ordered and received 2 replacement chips for $12 from Alixpress. Also got a PCB holder.

1) Can some one suggest heat gun that can be used on the mobile phones motherboard. I shortlist http://www.amazon.in/Bosch-GHG-500-2...dp/B00IPNZ2XE/ but the tip seems to be broad. I believe we need one with a narrower tip. Def will retain the guy for other uses. The purpose removing the emmc chip from the motherboard exactly like in the video -

2) I also have a couple of questions about whats done after separating the chip from the motherboard in the video. Can anyone help?
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Old 29th September 2016, 17:40   #1391
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I have seen some good videos on micro-soldering on youtube. That's what you want. You want the specialist equipment to go with it too. Hairy stuff: I watched for interest, I'm not very good at chunky soldering, let alone dreaming of micro!
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... I shortlist http://www.amazon.in/Bosch-GHG-500-2...dp/B00IPNZ2XE/ but the tip seems to be broad. I believe we need one with a narrower tip. ...
Nooooo that is not the hot air gun to use for desoldering / soldering SMD's. Apart from nozzle and temperature, there is the issue of air flow rate. That Bosch blower will blow the chip right out of the PCB.

@vid6639, would you be able to help in selecting the hot air gun and other questions @gendarmee has?
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That Bosch blower will blow the chip right out of the PCB.
And possibly even melt the board

That is a tool for jobs like paint stripping. When doing that, one can even burn wood surface if not careful. Also good for softening PVC, eg making stuff out of bits of pvc pipe.
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Added a 10mm Hammer Drill, Got a decent price from Amazon. The best part was that I ordered it at 10PM and received it by 1300 next day

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I needed a light drill for small holes. For heavy duty work I have 50 year old Wolf 13mm which can drill 25mm holes in concrete
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Added a 10mm Hammer Drill ...
That's nice. And it should last a lifetime too.

I have resurrected my flooded Dremel. It is only a basic 300 model, and part of me was looking forward to buying a "better" model, but, for a tool which gets used just a few times in a year, I cannot justify that except under gadget love.

I found that the Dremel span freely, ans ran when plugged in. I took it apart and found slight rust and minimal mud on the inside. I put light oil on the bearings and re-assembled it. Maybe its life might not be so long, but, with light use, it might be long enough.

I went out to buy a chain wrench for my 2-inch pipe fittings, but they are really enormous, like one metre long! Bought a pipe-wrench ("Stilson") instead. I thought the last one that I bought was big, but this is even bigger. Will put together a photo of my current pipe-wrench family and post!

Pipe wrench is Taparia. Did not buy online, this time, as was in the "Parry's" area of Chennai anyway. The guy showed me the Rigid (US make; the gold standard of such tools) wrench, and it is superb. Beautifully made, smooth action, and grips as soon as it even sees a fitting. But four or five times the price of the Taparia. If I was a pro, or even had a lot of this work to do, I wouldn't hesitate in making the investment, but for me, choosing between just over 1K and well over 4K, I could not justify four times the price.
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