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Can You Guess What This Crazy-Looking Tool Is For?

Looks can be deceiving, but if you inspect these photos carefully, you may be able to guess what these quirky tools are for before we tell you.

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Home Depot

What is it?

It looks like it could be a glue gun, but that’s not it.

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WebcasterHome Depot

Webcaster

This is great accessory to spook-ify your house for Halloween. Or this works to make that nine-foot spider feel more at home. The Webcaster is a glue gun that attaches to an air compressor. With the added air pressure, the hot glue spins out long strands that look like classic, creepy spider webs. Works with regular hot glue sticks, or Webcaster specialty glue sticks. Although a bit unusual to find something like this at Home Depot, it does make for fun "haunted" decorations. For more tips on the junction of Halloween and hardware, see Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools.

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dfh17aug028_jerky-gun not a caulk gunHome Depot

What is it?

Could it be some spiffed-up version of a caulk gun?

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Jerky GunHome Depot

Jerky Gun

This product allows you to squeeze out perfectly shaped strings of treated meat to turn into jerky. And, the jerky gun is a strange but useful kitchen item found at Home Depot. Purchase it now at Home Depot. Of course, it does look an awful lot like a caulk gun. So if your shower is smelly, unusually spicy, or if your jerky tastes like silicone, you'll know why. Check out these 11 tools that can help with food prep.

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spud wrench

What is it?

It’s got a funny name but it can be super helpful.

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spud wrench

Spud Wrench

A spud wrench is a wrench with an adjustable or standard box wrench on one end and a tapered spike on the other. The spike can be used to line up bolt holes when installing pipe fittings, doing automotive work or—in the case of iron workers—for lining up bolt holes in girders and beams. Some have offset handles for better leverage or access to parts. There are other types of wrenches that carry the moniker “spud,” so make sure you know what you’re buying before plunking down your dough.

And yes, we know there is another tool called a “closet spud wrench” that is used in close quarters for closet spuds, basket strainers nuts and spud nuts.

Check out this clever DIY wrench storage project.

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torpedo leveltroy/Shutterstock

What is it?

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It’s shape might give it away but it’s a great tool to have in your tool belt.

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Torpedo Level

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It should come as no surprise that most torpedo levels are tapered or torpedo-shaped. What is surprising is how many uses people find for them. They’re small—6 inches to 12 inches in length—and have vials that indicate plumb, level and, sometimes, 45 degrees. Because of their diminutive size and shape, they’re ideal for working in tight spaces. Some have magnetic edges giving plumbers and those working with metallic parts a “third hand” while working. Torpedo levels fit nicely in a tool belt and junk drawer and are handy for leveling pictures, determining the slope of pipes and leveling over short distances.

Here is an essential guide to levels and plumb bobs.

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Family Handyman

What is it?

This gets compared to a similar tool sometimes.

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Family Handyman

Darby

A darby is the tool to reach for when you need to flatten concrete. Here’s how you can add a concrete pathway.

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Plumb bobFamily Handyman

What is it?

It has an unusual name but it’ll set you straight every time.

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Plumb bobFamily Handyman

Plumb Bob


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A plumb bob is a weighted object connected to a string that can be used to establish a vertical line. That weighted object can be as simple as a rock or as elaborate as the brass plumb bob shown. Some are bullet- or cone-shaped, but in the DIY world they’re often in the guise of a chalk box or chalk line.

Plumb bobs have been around a long time. Egyptians used them to build the pyramids and builders throughout the ages have used them to determine if walls are “plumb” or perfectly vertical. They’re ideal for tasks like centering lights over a kitchen island, determining the proper spacing of recessed lights or framing basement walls.

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Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

What is it?

Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

You might have to think about a different era before getting this one.

Photo: Via Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

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Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

Patent Gold-Plated Ivory Handle Presentation Wrench

Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

This wrench was supposed to be a gift to Chauncey Depew, an attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s railroad interests who later became president of the New York Central Railroad System and a U.S. Senator from New York. It’s a gold-plated, ivory-handled wrench with one standout feature. Depew’s name is misspelled on it. It fetched $5,980 at auction. Keep your wrenches straight with one simple trick.

Photo: Via Martin J. Donnelly Auctions

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What is it?

It’s possible to use this wrench two ways.

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Reversible Jaw Adjustable Wrench

CHANNELLOCK thinks that they’ve got the solution to help unclutter your tool belt. The new CHANNELLOCK Reversible Jaw Adjustable Wrench is just like a normal wrench, but also features a part of the jaw with angled teeth. All you have to do is reverse the jaw and the teeth will let you get a tight grip on objects that that a regular wrench would just slide off of. These new wrenches are available in 6, 8, 10 and 12-inch sizes. They are available in most major hardware retailers in the US and Canada. Price and availability will vary by retailer. Find a place to store all your tools with ease.

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Family Handyman

What is it?

This tool will help guide you along a path.

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Groover

A groover makes joints in the concrete to control cracking. Make sure you’re mixing concrete properly.

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What is it?

Looks like a pair of scissors.

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Klein Wire Cutters

Electrician Scissors

A trusty pair of electrician scissors is the most used tool of many of the low-voltage electricians that we’ve talked to, and Klein seems to be the go-to brand. If you’ve never heard of electrician scissors, here is a primer: Of course like any scissors, Klein’s new Electrician Scissors can cut through stuff with the blades, but they also have a cable cutting notch so you can rip through wire up to 14 AWG. They’ll strip 19 and 23 AWG wire all day long and have a notch in the tip for de-burring electrical boxes. There’s also a scraper on both blades for convenient wire cleaning. Klein’s All-Purpose Electrician’s Scissors are available online and in home centers for $24.35.

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Family Handyman

What is it?

This tool will help you finish a concrete project to perfection.

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Magnesium Float

A magnesium float with help compact the concrete and give it a smooth look. Get a refreshed look for your patio in two days.

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What is it?

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This tool has a long, unusual form, but it’s definitely useful.

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Froe

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A froe is great for splitting wood and it’s used with a maul. The froe is struck with a maul to split wood. Traditionally it was used to split shingles, panels and boards. A froe will produce straight, strong wood because the grain is straight.

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Family Handyman

What is it?

This tool is great for carving a path.

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Family Handyman

Edging Tool

An edging tool gives the concrete a round edge when you’re finishing a concrete project. Here’s how to pour and form concrete.

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What is it?

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This tool can come in handy for woodworkers.

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Adze

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An adze is an old tool used to shape wood. There’s a hand tool version and one where cuts are made at shin level. Using an adze might fit better for an advanced woodworker but there are 40 projects perfect for beginners.

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Amazon

What is it?

Amazon

It looks like a saw but how does it cut?

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Amazon

Undercut Saw

Amazon

An undercut saw is great for getting at door jambs and making sure you can get new tile to fit in a room. It’s pretty similar to an oscillating tool. Check out these tips for using an oscillating tool.

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Amazon

What is it?

Amazon

Woodworkers might be able to recognize this device.

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Amazon

Power Chisel

Amazon

A power chisel can be a great addition to the workshop for the woodworker. Here are are some tips for using a wood chisel.

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Egamaster

What is it?

Egamaster

This little tool can provide a lot of power.

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Egamaster

Hydraulic Torque Wrench

Egamaster

A hydraulic torque wrench is a great tool to get the correct amount of torque on a fastener. See why a torque wrench is great for working on a car.

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Amazon

What is it?

Amazon

It looks powerful, but what’s it’s function?

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Amazon

Nail Remover Gun

Amazon

A nail remover gun is a great time-saving tool for DIYers who are in the middle of a remodeling project. Try these tips on how to remove a stubborn stuck nail.

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Home Depot

What is it?

Home Depot

This tool looks pretty serious, and it’s seriously helpful.

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Home Depot

Cartridge Puller

Home Depot

This tool will remove your faucet’s cartridge and fix any leaking issues. Find out how to fix any plumbing leaks.

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Amazon

What is it?

Amazon

It’s a strange-looking device, but what does it do?

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Amazon

Pedestal Sink Slip Joint Wrench

Amazon

This little wrench can make work on a pedestal sink a little easier with it’s ability to reach. Find out how to plumb a pedestal sink.

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Family Handyman

What is it?

It’s difficult to tell what this contraption does, but it serves a function.

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Honing Guide

Some experts master the art of sharpening entirely by hand. But for the rest of us, a honing guide is essential. There are basically two types of guides: Some clamp a chisel from the sides, while others clamp top to bottom.

The side-clamping guide works only with chisels whose sides taper to an edge that’s less than 1/16 in. thick. If your chisels have thicker sides, you’ll need a guide that clamps top to bottom.

The side-clamping guide shown here is made by many manufacturers and is widely available in woodworking stores and online. Inexpensive top-to-bottom clamping guides, made by General Tools and Stanley, are harder to find in stores but are also available online. Here are some terrific tips on how to sharpen a chisel.