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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 ...
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Where can I purchase a block of aluminium?

I'm need a 5" x 5" x 1" block of aluminium. Is this something I can buy online and are there different types of aluminum to consider? Will I have to buy a bigger piece and cut the aluminum down to my ...
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How can I straighten a piece of wire?

I've once seen it on TV: in industrial wire production they use a set of castors that bends the wire back and forth, up and down – always a bit less, until its straight. Is there something similar for ...
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What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?

I need to add a bunch of soffit vents to my eves, and I have (decorative?) metal siding such as in the picture. I need to do this quickly in the next few weeks before winter. What's the best way to ...
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What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?

Both a step drill bit and a knockout punch seem to be very similar, in that they both make holes in a metal box. The step drill seems to have an advantage, since it can make several size holes using ...
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How do I drill holes in Aluminum / Aluminium sheet?

I have some aluminum / aluminium strips that are about 3 mm thick and about 20 mm wide. I need to drill some holes in them. The holes will be 3.5 mm. What type of drill bit do I need? What speed ...
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Sourcing and installing a stainless steel backsplash

I recently replaced an over-the-range microwave with a hood. Since the hood is about half the height of the microwave, this left a ~15" gap between the preexisting tile backsplash and the start of ...
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methods of detecting a copper pipe in concrete floor

We believe that our copper water line is embedded in the concrete (and rebar) basement floor. We would like to excavate a hole to install a sump pump. We don't want to hit the copper line which we ...
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How to clean rust in hard to reach points on a tool?

I have a cheap tool with some rust on it. It's probably cheaper to buy a new one than to clean it. But I wonder if is there any solution where I can drop it and retrieve it clean. Is there anything ...
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Would this solution work with my dehumidifier?

I have a shed built with concrete blocks and a metal roof, terrible condensation in it and every time I go in, I see water on the walls and floor as well as drips on the metal roof. The shed is not ...
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How do I repair a garage door with a rusty bottom?

Was looking at my garage door as I pulled into home yesterday and noticed that the bottom panel is starting to rust slightly at the bottom. The rust looks like a small mountain range from one side to ...