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what is this? identify my tool!? Answered

i had this for years, anybody got a clue what it is?

most amusing answer gets a patch:-)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 7 years ago

Okay, I have to ask. Just how did you track that down?!? I had tried TinEye, Google Images, etc., with no luck. What search terms did you use? Or did you just recognize it from your deep and mysterious past?

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Josehf Murchison
Josehf Murchison

Answer 7 years ago

I got the hint from thematthatter I didn’t think of back massager.

Then I Google “rolling pin massager” and other variations and clicked on Images until I found a photo of it.

I think it took three tries.

Joe

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caarntedd
caarntedd

7 years ago

Prosthetic limb for an octopus.

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Kimages
Kimages

13 days ago

and, another whatisit:

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AussieAlf
AussieAlf

Reply 13 days ago

That's a Hot Line Electrical Ground clamp used when working on power lines.

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vipermnc0077
vipermnc0077

16 days ago

Trying to help identify for a friend. Says it was found in a bunch of gunsmithing equipment. Thoughts? Said there wasn't any manufacturer name on the box that she could see.

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jaydeeviljoen
jaydeeviljoen

16 days ago

Dear fellow Tinkerers,
What is this Acrow tool used for? It seems to be a puller or tensioner of some sort. The round handle side clamps onto something that goes through the inside hole, and the flat handle ratchet side screws a large threaded part out. So I would guess it could be used to tension a thick wire or rod. Please help, I am very curious!
Regards
JD

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parksimon7
parksimon7

7 weeks ago

Hello, would anyone know what this is called and what it is used for? Some sort of expander? A vice? Found it in my late dad’s old tool box.

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AussieAlf
AussieAlf

Reply 7 weeks ago

Looks similar to a bearing puller to remove one from an axle, although they usually have three arms to slip over the bearing.

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install4you
install4you

Reply 16 days ago

That's a plumbing tool. It's a handle puller. Remove the screw holding the faucet handle on, adjust so the "arms" go under the handle and the small shaft on the threaded part goes in the screw hole, then turn screw. Great tool to avoid damage from prying with a screwdriver. Corroded handles are almost impossible to remove intact without one.

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 4 weeks ago

Yep. It's a puller. It could be used to pull pulleys, steering wheels, battery cables or anything that needs to be pulled off a shaft. I have about twenty of them. Some have two gripping bars, some three. Some are small, some are large.

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tpadilla820
tpadilla820

2 months ago

I don't know what this tool is called but I sure it has many uses

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install4you
install4you

Reply 16 days ago

This looks like what my wife gave me the first Valentine's day we were married (it's red). She got it at Brookstone. I think they called it a multi plier.

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 4 weeks ago

We called them by every name under the sun, weight pliers, things, etc. They are used for pounding balancing weights on a car rim, and for removing them.

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Gerry Walsh
Gerry Walsh

Reply 2 months ago

That's exactly what I think it is: a general tool. My grandfather had one. His was a hammer, a cutter, a chopper, pliers and wire cutter. His also had screw driver ends to the handles. I may be wrong of course. Yours looks very modern by comparison.

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justcheckinm8.
justcheckinm8.

Reply 5 weeks ago

Fencing hammer. The hammer for hitting staples, the screwdriver mentioned by Gerry is a small pry bar end to get the stubborn staples started for removal. The hook looking part is used to lever the staples out of the post. Single tool to refurbish or put in new farm fencing using post and wire..a great piece of gear

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harthoppy
harthoppy

Reply 5 weeks ago

i used one for years as a fence tool

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Jharper80
Jharper80

24 days ago

I know they're some kind of wrench but I've looked for hrs trying to find 1 like it and came up empty

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HorusCok
HorusCok

Reply 17 days ago

I don't think they're wrenches, they look more like levers for something like an old toilet or faucet handles.

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Alosoya
Alosoya

4 weeks ago

Hi. Can anyone tell me what these are? They do not have any markings.

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HorusCok
HorusCok

Reply 17 days ago

I think you have them upside down. they look like the brackets/supports for a foot rest on the front of an old time bar. Insert a round pipe through the open end, the through screw would hold the pipe in place. - or maybe andirons

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REO50
REO50

19 days ago

Sorting through some old tools from my father. Found this screwdriver and two ended socket, both stamped with the #48. Screwdriver slides through and freely turns within socket piece, with blade extending about 3/16" out the other end. Any idea of the tool's purpose? Thanks.

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triciamiller39
triciamiller39

20 days ago

Hi - can anyone help with this tool? It is quite heavy I would say or at least has some weight to it and the handle is textured like a file and there is a tiny hole at the end of the handle. No other markings to note. Thanks!

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MagnoliaB20
MagnoliaB20

7 weeks ago

What is this my friend found it shoved into her tire and we've been trying to identify what it is so we can make a police report. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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noobio
noobio

Reply 4 weeks ago

looks like a weight bar

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justcheckinm8.
justcheckinm8.

Reply 5 weeks ago

It looks like a hinge pin for something plastic. The knurling in the ends and middle help hold the pin in place in something soft...hence I suggest probably plastic. It has been in the tyre for a long time as the bent end is polished by the movement of the tyre rubber, and the ground angle where the end has bent contacting the road. Seen many nails and some bolts come out of tyres that have the same wear.

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RonB231
RonB231

Reply 5 weeks ago

It looks like an axle the 2 diamond knurled sections are for gripping a wheel or some other component and the shinny bent part shows wear shows wear from sliding or spinning. It appears that the bent section is from some kind of impact or fracture.

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RonB231
RonB231

5 weeks ago

It looks like a back rubbing tool for and octopus.

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rober!
rober!

Reply 4 weeks ago

I think it is a vise for sharpening hand saws.

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AussieAlf
AussieAlf

Reply 6 weeks ago

Poor photograph, but it is a hand drill.

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ZardozSpeaks
ZardozSpeaks

Reply 4 weeks ago

Yes, specifically a kind of hand drill called a breast drill. The T-shaped part is supposed to sit against your chest so the weight of your body can press against it.

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JsMommyKrystle
JsMommyKrystle

4 weeks ago

Anyone have a clue what this is? I've had it for years but unsure if I've ever used it correctly.

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glennquenano
glennquenano

3 months ago

Hi i wonder what this tool does? Thank you.

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 4 weeks ago

Another copper pipe cutter.

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AussieAlf
AussieAlf

Reply 3 months ago

That is a pipe cutter. Clamp on your copper or plastic pipe. Then turn and tighten the cutter each rotation until you cut through. Leaves a nice clean cut.

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 4 weeks ago

Nose hair trimmer. Usually used by people with the plague and any one who touches one, after it's used, is, probably, doomed.

[Snort, okay, only the first sentence might be true.]

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Woody81
Woody81

3 months ago

Trying to identify this tool and what it’s used for if anyone could be of assistance

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 4 weeks ago

I still have one. We used these to twist wire pairs before installing them in protective hosing.

Clamp it on the wires, lock it and run it.

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justcheckinm8.
justcheckinm8.

Reply 5 weeks ago

Old school wire locking tool but still very much in use. Used in engineering where nuts or bolts are tied using wire to stop them coming loose. You thread the wire through a small hole in the nut face or bolt head, through to something to anchor it to, lock the pliers shut on the wire ends with that small hook on the right handle, then pull on the knob on the twisted shaft bit at the top. Only holding the knob causes the whole tool to twist, and that twists the wire together..as per https://youtu.be/CU-NAX7vwfY. You would be surprised, and comforted, at how much of an aircraft engine is tied up with one of these.

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JohnK488
JohnK488

Reply 2 months ago

Woody81 - Those are safety wire pliers.

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jedswa
jedswa

2 months ago

What is this and what is it used for???

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alfon1917
alfon1917

Reply 5 weeks ago

Looks like some kind of spreader.

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pmcmahon62
pmcmahon62

5 weeks ago

Found this copper tool on a beach in Des Moines, WA

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ace4618
ace4618

5 weeks ago

I think it is for crimping metal. What do you think?

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ctconard
ctconard

5 weeks ago

can anyone tell me what this is? I think it's for woodworking. If you twist the bottom the dial moves.

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