What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

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Brass ended hook/pick tool with embossed motif on handle, clearly handmade. What is this thing?
A: It's a damper hook. It is used to open and close the damper in your chimney.

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What is this pink "dust" that keeps reappearing in the corners of my kitchen ceiling within a few hours of being cleaned?
A: Clean it away and (lightly) tape a white printer paper over one angle of the corner. Do the spots reappear on the paper or on the wall underneath it?
If it appears on the paper but not on the wall, it originates from the airflow. If it is growing from the wall it should first be visible on the wall underneath the paper, then possibly penetrate the office paper.
If it really is coming through the wall and reappearing in a few hours you most likely have a problem behind it. Living things like bacteria or mold don’t grow that fast in room temperature/humidity if cleaned well. But might be a reservoir of something on the floor above that is seeping through.


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Metal bar to the right of the door in a old apartment building built in 1926.
A: It was used to open and close the transom window above the door.


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What is the architectural name of this thing bracing an arch?
A: It's a corbel


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What is this wooden pole, with a beaded rope at the end? At a seaside café in Wales, with boating/sea memorabilia covering the walls. Long (approx. 10m) wooden pole, with a u-shaped curve at the end. It also has a handle next to the curve and a rope ‘closing’ it with beads.
A: It's an old-fashioned boom.


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What is this box for? Found in the same cupboard as electrical meters and fuse boards.
A: It tells you which general building alarm system has been triggered



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Some sort of tool? Possibly for farming? Found in my shed, about 1 foot in length.
A: Battery carrier


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Inside a Pole barn/outbuilding/garage. What is this hole in the foundation used for?
A: It's an oil change pit.


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Oversized load on the freeway in Arizona. Giant bucket/ladle looking thing… does anyone know what the heck this might be???
A: Looks like a foundry ladle.


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Made of hard plastic, about 1x1x2 feet, they are stackable. Layed down in a trench on a construction site under where will be a sidewalk.
A: I'm pretty sure it's for storm water management. It may be this exact system.


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Tiny white plastic balls found all over garden, any ideas?
A: Those look like the "beans" from stuffed animals that sit up right.


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Those metal structures, found near buildings in residential areas in Sweden. They are all slightly different, and I didn't see them used by anyone.
A: The upright one is for hanging a carpet on and wacking it with something to get dust off. The table like one I assume it's for drying a carpet or towels or similar.


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Truck with camera or LiDAR sensor, any idea what it's for?
A: That’s a Rivian pickup and definitely a LiDAR for some autonomous driving tests. Thanks for sharing.


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What are the tools on this pair of nail clippers? I found them in my grandpas old tackle box.
A: They’re intended for fishing — clippers are for clipping fishing line, clearly. A small knife for other cutting tasks. the notched spoon tool appears to be a knot tying aid. (The linked one is a little different version but is a similar setup)


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Heavy, metal box. The top has a heavy lid.
A: Leave it alone. It looks like a storage box for a high activity radioactive source.


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What is this? Scissors or clamp with a small tube at the end of both sides
A: Want to say piercing clamps maybe


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Found this in the kitchen. They appear to be some kind of hooks, no idea what for though.
A: We have one for our bread makers. To pull out the handle when its hot.


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Found in older tool box (at least 10 years old). part with spokes rotates, spokes (of different diameters) match up to hole in the opposite side of the tool. Sharpie marker for size.
A: It is for punching holes in leather or similar things. Like, for a belt.


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White plastic clips or something inside kitchen cabinet door. Found in a house in the Midwestern US built in 1979. Anyone know what it is?
A: Item holders for all kinds of stuff. Mostly used for coffee filters, thin packages like those old instant soup packs. Others used them for dinner plates, mittens, kitchen towels. Basically a holding device for everything kitchen.


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Tall tower shining a blinding light
A: It’s a molten sodium solar reactor.


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