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I have questions about tools, materials and how to manufacture certain objects. Is there any SE site where I can ask such things?

For example, I've bought a wire used like a cable tie. On the package it says "Iron Binding Wire" and "Alambre de Hierro". Searching for this text on the internet finds something else than what I've bought. I wanted to ask what's the correct name for this material. I am thinking about tools and materials used mainly in woodworking, plumbing, metalworking and constructions. And the kind of tools that everyone have in their house - like pliers, hammers, screwdrivers.

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    It really depends on what you're manufacturing, for example, woodworking.stackexchange.com, electronics.stackexchange.com, diy.stackexchange.com, mechanics.stackexchange.com, aviation.stackexchange.com, space.stackexchange.com, physics.stackexchange.com, chemistry.stackexchange.com etc. Unfortunately Metalworking proposals and CAD proposals have both repeatedly failed. Can you give a little bit more detail to narrow down the scope? – Jason C May 25 '17 at 22:48
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    Thanks. Well, for example I've bought a wire used like a cable tie. On the package it writes "Iron Binding Wire" and "Alambre de Hierro". Searching for this text on the internet finds something else than what I've bought. I wanted to ask what's the correct name for this material. I am thinking about tools and materials used mainly in woodworking, plumbing, metalworking and constructions. And the kind of tools that everyone have in their house - like pliers, hammers, screwdrivers.. – Fructibus May 26 '17 at 15:17
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    I have no idea in which category this wire fits though. It can be used by anyone in their house to arrange their cables. As for the professionals, maybe the electricians and the guys who bring you internet, cable tv and telephone to your house are using it. That's why I was looking for a site about tools and materials, in general. – Fructibus May 26 '17 at 15:29
  • @Fructibus Where I'm from, NYC, we call that a twist-tie. Google twist-tie spool. You'll find them in any hardware store. – Dan Bron May 26 '17 at 15:31
  • @Dan Bron - Thanks, that's the correct name for it. So it would be nice to have a SE site to ask such basic questions about generic materials and tools. – Fructibus May 26 '17 at 15:46
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For your example, I believe https://diy.stackexchange.com might be appropriate for such things, especially if you can frame it in a home improvement context. Browse through their tools tag and have a look at some of the well-received questions. Be sure to also read their topic guidelines, and don't be afraid to ask on their meta.

As for tool and manufacturing questions in general it really just depends on the specific case. For example:

Unfortunately, Metalworking and CAD proposals consistently fail in Area 51, so there are no sites dedicated to those two topics.

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In addition to Jason C's excellent answer, its worth remembering that "guessing game" questions - aka "what is this thing" questions rarely do well on SE. While there's some sites that do ID questions (based on text) - this style of question is hardly searchable.

In this specific case DIY.SE would be the right place.

However a question of this sort would need to be optimised for searchability.

For example

I have a roll of wire similar to a twist tie, which I am using to tie my cables to my desk. It consists of thin gauge wire in insulation with a bit of overhang on either side of the wire. It comes in a small roll similar to this enter image description here

What would this be called?

Would likely work better

Personally I prefer velcro cable ties ;)

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For this and similar questions, I think either English Language & Usage or English Language Learners could be appropriate, depending on whether you're a native speaker and whether the term is something you would expect native speakers know and take for granted that everybody knows.

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