The Ultimate Home Repair Tools Basics Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

What is the minimum width a tape measure should be?

Select a tape measure that is at least 5/8-inch (1.5cm) wide so that it will stay rigid when extended. Tape measures are available in lengths of up to 50 feet (15m), but a 12 to 25 foot tape measure is usually adequate.

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What sort of square would you use for measuring small jobs?

A combination square is good for small jobs because it is typically only 12 inches long and the body of the square slides a long a blade so that the length of the body can be adjusted.

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What size level is the most popular?

The 30-inch level is the most popular, though levels can range up to 6 feet long.

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How does a ripsaw cut wood?

A ripsaw cuts along the grain of wood. This is known as "ripping." A crosscut saw cuts across the grain of wood and a backsaw is used for making angle cuts.

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A chuck is the part of a drill that holds the drill bits. How many sizes do chucks come in?

Chuck sizes available are 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch capacity. The size refers to the capacity that the drill will be able to drill in metal, but the capacity is usually larger in wood. For example, a 1/4-inch chuck has a capacity of 1/4-inch drills in metal but 1/2-inch drills in wood.

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Which of the following tools is a fastener?

Fasteners include tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, clamps. They help you to apply nails, bolts and adhesives.

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What size hammer is recommended for men?

A 16-ounce (0.5 kilo) hammer is recommended for men and 14 ounces for women. The curved-claw nail hammer is the most popular hammer, with its two-pronged arch on one side of the head used to pull nails out of wood.

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What is another name for the Phillips head screwdriver?

The Phillips is also known as the cross or X-head screwdriver. It fits into a cross-shape recess in the screw or bolt.

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What is the purpose of a wrench?

A wrench is used to turn a nut or bolt. The type and size of the wrench required will depend on the size and design of the fastener that the wrench is being used on. It is best to pull the wrench toward you, rather than pushing it away, as this gives you more control if the wrench slips.

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What shape hole does an Allen wrench fit into?

An Allen wrench comes in L- or T-shaped handles and fits into a hexagonal hole.

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What precaution do you need to take when using a C-clamp?

C-clamps can damage the material being clamped, because they exert a lot of pressure on it. It is important to insert blocks of scrap wood between the jaws of the clamp and the material being clamped in order to prevent damage to the material.

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When using an electrical tester to check for electrical current, you need to place tester probes at how many points in the circuit?

Current has a continuous path, circulating from point A to point B and back again, a bit like a highway travelling in each direction. Therefore, current is tested at two points on the circuit -- on each "lane."

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What is a continuity tester used to determine?

A continuity tester is used to pinpoint if an electrical appliance is the source of an electrical problem. Make sure the appliance is unplugged before testing it.

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What scale is usually used when using a volt-ohm-milliammeter (VOM) to test a circuit or appliance?

The scale used on a VOM is generally ohms. A VOM is used to measure continuity in a wire or component. It is used with the power turned off.

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What is commonly used to clean the insides of appliances and electrical fixtures that are hard to access?

A can of compressed air is useful for removing small particles lodged in areas difficult to reach. Electrical contact cleaner is the same as compressed air but it includes a cleaning agent, such as isopropyl alcohol, that evaporates.

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What sort of plumbing tool is used to clear clogged toilets?

A closet auger is a type of plumber's snake that is specifically designed for clearing clogged toilets. A spud wrench is used to remove special slip nuts holding a spud -- a large pipe that connects the toilet tank to the bowl -- in place. A pipe wrench tightens and loosens pipes.

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What are natural paint brush bristles usually made from?

Natural bristles are usually made from animal hair. Synthetic bristles are usually made from nylon.

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Which of the following features are signs of a good paint brush?

A brush with split ends increases its paint-spreading capabilities. Also look for a brush that doesn't lose many bristles when rapped on the edge of a counter and look for a brush with bristles that are about one and a half times as long as the width of the brush.

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What size brush should you chose if you are painting a wall?

A 4-inch-wide brush is good for painting walls, although a slightly smaller 3-inch or 3.5 inch brush may be easier to hold. A 2-inch-wide brush is good for trim and woodwork or for painting around windows, doors and corners.

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What factor determines the type of paint roller cover you will need?

The type of roller cover you need is determined by the type of paint you will be using. Paint rollers create a vacuum that pulls paint off the roller, making it easier to paint large areas quickly.

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About This Quiz

Although the saying goes that a poor craftsman blames his tools, having the right tools definitely makes the job easier. Knowing which tools you need and choosing good quality tools will help you to correctly and safely get the job done. There are a range of basic home-repair tools available. Take this quiz to see how much you know about them.

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