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Mount metal letters to a wall so that they are removable

I have to mount some metal letters to a concrete wall. Until now the plan was to ad pins to the letters and glue them into the wall. This would have required making some holes in the wall. Now the ...
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How do I fill the hole caused by removing a door plate on a metal door jamb?

I recently got new doors and need to move the door plate on a metal door jamb. I was hoping someone had the know how on how to fill the hole that will now be on the door jamb from where the previous ...
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What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?

I am building a kitchen rail for hanging utensils and frypans along the wall and need some help choosing the right tube size for the job. Because I'm renting the place I don't want to drill any ...
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How can I clean this metal box?

I have this metal box, I believe stainless steel. As seen in the following photos, this box has many grooves and details. These small grooves are filled with grime, dirt, gum, candle wax, smoke, some ...
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How to move/remove the bracing from this desk?

So, I am the proud new owner of this new desk! I've never needed a desk before. Unfortunately, along the long side, I find myself leaning and writing. A lot. The brace at the bottom really gets in ...
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How can I paint galvanized metal?

I often have metal gates galvanized and are required to give the final product a coat of paint. As is known about galvanized metal, the zinc begins to oxidize with the air and creates the flaky ...
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Will a rusty tool or bolt lying with other tools or bolts induce them to rust as well?

I have a toolbox with a bunch of tools in it. In addition, I have a large plastic box where I keep all my bolts and nails in a disarray. Some of the bolts are a little rusty, and some of my tools ...
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Can metal studs support a 64" plasma TV on a swiveling mount?

Alright, I need a sanity check here. I've been tasked with mounting a 64" plasma TV with an articulating mount onto a metal stud wall in the corporate boardroom. It's the quadruple-threat with no room ...
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How thick should a plate steel stringer be?

We are goind to built a stair like this one: But instead of two "floating" stringers, since ours will be against a wall, I thought about using plate steel and making it more flush with the wall. ...
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What to use to attach copper to stone?

I am modifying a fountain, by adding spouts, made of shaped copper. I need to attach the spouts to the stone bowl, but am not sure how. The fix must have a watertight seal with the stone, that is, ...
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How can I drill a big diesel tank without emptying it first?

Need to make a hole in a big steel diesel tank. I would say it has 5000 liters capacity, and it should have at least 2/3 filled or more. Metal Sheet: At least 3 mm thick. Drill hole is 1" or 2", not ...
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Is it good to use a water based primer with oil based enamel on metal

I install outdoor fencing and generally use a water based zinc chromite primer, which attaches well to the raw metal. This coat is really quick to paint and the water based paint seems much quicker to ...
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How to fix metal bulkhead holes caused by rust

At the top of my bulkhead in the center of the seam where the water drains, there are some holes caused by rust. Each about 1/2 inch in length, 1/4 in height. Since the rest of the structure is ok, ...
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How do I remove surface rust from a metal roof?

I am buying a house that requires some minor modifications. One of them is a recommendation to remove a small area of surface rust on a metal roof. I'm interested in the best way to achieve this.
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How to shape this metal?

The metal below was a banding strap in its former life. It is magnetic but slightly rusted at spots, so probably galvanized steel? On the left you can see that I have started to shape the metal. ...
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How do I drill through a shaped tube with a handheld drill?

I'm assembling a corrugated sheet metal fence and I have installed the posts and attached the pieces of shaped tube (rectangular cross section) horizontally and now I need to attach the metal sheets ...
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Rebar cattle guard

Looking for a cattle guard that can be made from available supplies at local home depot. Needs to be able to support 32,000 lbs to meet HS-20 aka cement truck. Schedule 40 re-bar has a tensile ...
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How can I fuse galvanized sheet metal with a circular bottom together so that it is water tight?

I want to make a large circular pot out of sheet metal that can hold water. How should I construct it so that it has a circular bottom and ensure it is leak-proof. Boiling water will be poured into ...
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How do I drill into an existing galvanized fence post?

I have an existing metal fence post, set in concrete, in which I'd like to drill a new hole in that post. Normally, I would use a drill press to drill into a curved surface like this. Since the post ...
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What glue to bond metal and plastic in cold weather?

I have a small plastic torch (flashlight) with a magnet on the back. I use it to provide light in a small metal trailer. Recently I pulled the torch off the metal wall, and the magnet came away from ...
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How much do holes in metal shrink when it is galvanized?

I'm going to have some mild steel tubes with holes drilled on it hot-dipped galvanized. I need to know how much tolerance or how big the holes should be when I drill them so that they would be at ...
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How should I protect the metal of a power rack that's kept outdoors?

I plan on building a power rack for my home gym and was wondering what kind of metal/coating I should use when building it since it will be stored outdoors. Most commercial power racks are built using ...
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What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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Oil or latex for Grade 5 metal parts, in use case not requiring hard wear

I have a possible need to coat hardware parts in a rigging application to reduce visibility. This installation is indoors, in a semi-climate-controlled enclosed space (a church; no worries about rain, ...
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How can I trim metal window wells after lowering the grade around them?

I just had a new stamped patio poured. We lowered the grading so now the widow wells are higher than the patio. I want to install window well covers but need to cut down the window wells (below the ...
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What material should I use for a platform that holds 300-500 lbs?

I am making a flat platform with 4 leveling feet that can hold a 150 lb Corrosion-Resistant Heavy Duty Blower plus another 150-350 lb (so in total 300 - 500 lbs of mass). It is around 24" x 24". Do ...
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How to rescue exterior door paint job?

I have a newly installed exterior metal paneled door that was still dirty when painted. Also embedded in the paint job are bits of foam rubber from the brush, lint from a paint roller and hair from an ...
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Can I use epoxy putty to patch metal?

The outer "frame" of my fireplace is comprised of a thin, sheet-metal-like material that is separating at the seams in some places. Ants are finding their way up from beneath the fireplace and making ...
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How do I paint old brass fireplace doors?

Have old brass fireplace doors. Would like them black or some other color. Can I paint these? If so do I need to take the glass out? And with what paint?
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How risky is it to cap an old (metal system) sprinkler head?

We have an all metal sprinkler system. I need to have one head capped. What is the chance of the pipe breaking? Is it better to leave it alone? The sprinkler head in question is going to be right in ...
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How does one typically do “Old Work” with metal junction boxes?

I am trying to add a light fixture to a room. I have access to the studs in the wall (new wall being added to the room), but the ceiling is drywalled. There is no attic access. Unfortunately, the ...
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How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?

How stubborn you ask? Well the bed frame has three issues, but really only one and the other two are only a result of the first: The rails are too short. Not by much, maybe an inch. Maybe even ...
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Is it possible to silver braze steel parts printed by a 3D printer? [closed]

Is it possible to silver braze steel parts printed by 3D printer? If yes, are there some special procedures to be taken, or different materials to be used as filler or flux?
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How effective are DIN 985 self-locking nuts?

They're DIN 985 self-locking nuts that have a plastic ring inside that is meant to cause extra friction and prevent self-loosening of the nut. How effective are they against self-loosening?
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How to repair this metal corner siding?

My dog run attaches to the back side of my house, and every time my dog sees or hears something in the front lawn worth chasing after, she goes tearing after it around the side of the house. When she ...
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How to determine if a faucet is plastic or metal?

On the first picture below I am pretty sure the grip is made of plastic because it feels very light, when I lift it. On the second I have no idea. Question How do I tell if the grip of a faucet is ...
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Can holey metal furring channels be reused?

I have some 10'- and 6'-long 25 gauge metal furring channels (hat channels) that have been used to hang drywall. I want to reuse them instead of getting new ones. There are about 10 screw holes per ...
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Can I shave the bottom of a metal casement window to get it to close fully?

I have a Casement Window installed that, as the new building has begun to settle, now has to be forced closed. It is on the verge of breaking the crank off now because it is so difficult. While wood ...
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How can I join vinyl decking to metal door frame?

Shoddy workmanship by a lousy contractor has left me with a vinyl deck that allows water to leak into the garage below. I identified the location of the leak - where the vinyl meets the metal frame ...
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How should I cut these speaker stands down to size?

Any recommends on what tool I should use and how I can go about not ruining the finish? Here's a close up of the top: And here's the finished product - thanks for all the help! I used a pipe ...
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How can I fuse galvanized sheet metal together so that it is water tight?

Is it possible to fuse sheets of the galvanized sheet metal that they sell at the hardware store for roofing together so that it is water tight? I was thinking that this may be able to be ...
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What can I use as a thread “tightener” compound for a free-running bolt?

(I'm familiar with thread "locking" compounds, purple, blue, and red, but that's not what I'm looking for here. They lock once and then upon breaking the joint, do nothing further.) I'm looking for ...
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What is the best tool to grind down a smaller metal rod?

I am building this workbench and I have decided to recess the nut and washer inside the top of the bench, so that I won't cut/scape myself while I'm leaning up against it. Now my issue is that the ...
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How to remove paint and refinish metal fan housing front plate

I have an old exhaust fan from the 50s in my kitchen; the kind where you let a bead chain loose and it opens a hatch and the fan engages. Anyways, the fan has a metal faceplate, and a stainless steel ...
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Suggestions for dealing with the sharp corner of a storm drain

The (city-owned) storm drain outside my house has a corner that protrudes about half an inch from the line of the sidewalk. It's sharp enough to puncture a tire; I've lost a few to it over the years, ...
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Is there an issue using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer?

Question says it all. Will there be a problem using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer? This will not be a load-bearing application, will be exposed to outdoor conditions ...
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How do I increase the height of a sliding glass door lock?

I recently installed a dog door panel for my sliding patio glass door. The way the dog door was made I had to install it centered in the patio door channel vs flush with the sliding glass door. This ...
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How do I secure a steel rod inside a blind hole of a silumin part?

A part of my hacksaw responsible for keeping the blade tensioned broke apart. One of the parts is a piece of silumin which has a blind hole 4 millimeters in diameter and about 15 millimeters deep. A ...
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Why might a weld be weaker than a bolt? [closed]

I've heard that bolts should be used for connections that must be secure, rather than welds. To me this seems odd; I was under the impression that the whole idea of a weld was to make the two pieces ...
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How do I optimally cut a bolt to length?

Once in a while I need a bolt of exactly the right length and it is not one of the lengths available in stores. So I get a longer bolt and cut it to length. Here's the procedure I follow. I screw one ...