Questions tagged [maintenance]

Tools inevitable wear out or become more susceptible to wear and other problems that prevent the tool from working efficiently. Proper maintenance and the questions surrounding that keep everything working properly and for longer.

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How to fix or remove a stuck cone shape airbrush nozzle

The issue happened to many airbrushes using cone shaped nozzles: badger 175. I tried putting it into fire and the freezer, but none of those methods worked.
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Removing the clip on Rotring 600

I hate the clip on my Rotring 600. Information I found online stated that you can't remove the clip without bending or breaking it. Is there a non-destructive way to remove it?
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Loose ferrules on my oil brushes

A couple of my old bristle brushes have loose ferrules. I am a bit hesitant to tighten the metal with pliers in fear of crushing the wood and making them even looser. Has anyone had any success ...
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Husqvarna Viking 2000, on the off chance anyone knows the specs of the drive belt

I am looking to replace one of the drive belts, the smaller one with the square teeth, on my Husqvarna Viking 2000. I cannot find anywhere the size or type of belt used. Any help in finding a ...
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Hard foam pad replacement

I think this is an Arts and Craft question. I am looking to replace a hard foam pad on a sander. Manufacture wants over $20, but I know I can make one for a lot less. The pad would need to be 4 x 4 ...
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Fixing the lens of an Artograph Tracer

I have an Artograph Tracer, but the lens has come loose. Does anyone have any tips on how to refix the lens in the plastic tube? And which way around it goes?
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How do I get the barrel of my fountain pen when it's stuck from dried ink

I'm thinking of buying antique fountain pen, but the barrel is stuck to the nib and section because ink has dried it closed. I'm thinking ways to get it off. Maybe ultra-sound? Maybe soaking it in ...
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How can I keep my metal tools from rusting after using them with plaster?

Almost all of the knives I used when carving my recent plaster piece have now rusted. Something in the plaster greatly increased the oxidization rate of the tools, which are primarily steel. Some I ...
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How can I safely sharpen a small craft knife?

I have a small craft knife (almost like a scalpel, really) that's become rather blunt over the years. It's no longer safe to use because it's so blunt, so I need to sharpen it. What are the safest ...
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How do I know when my sewing machine needs a service?

I have inherited a sewing machine from my grandmother and have just started sewing. How do I tell that my machine needs a service? Is there a recommended schedule or some tell-tale sign that it's time ...