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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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Mounting TV on metal studs?

The wall contains metal studs 24 inch apart. On a previous TV, I installed an articulating TV mount (80lbs total with mount) on two metal studs with 4 snap toggles (that's 2 snap toggles per metal ...
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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 fix my melted stove top?

I was boiling water and turned the setting to highest, left it for less than five minutes and the next thing that happened our electricity fluctuated and our burner was on (a small) fire. I had to ...
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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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What can I use as a bowl for a DIY fire bowl/pit?

I'm looking at creating my own fire bowl, as I would find it more fun and satisfying instead of just buying one and plonking it down. I haven't decided if I want it standing or sunk, but that doesn't ...
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Fire pit inner ring. Purposes and can I make my own from a barrel cut out?

I've seen metal rings for fire pits advertised for around 100 dollars on various sites, more or less, and I was wondering what the advantages of having one are? I think one is heat distribution to ...
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Remove Paint from outdoor metal sill of Main Door

So I guess when the door was painted 10 years ago, paint might of spilled on the metal sill? I'm not sure if that is the correct word for it. But I've taken a picture of it for reference. I've ...
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Interior Platform Steel Tube Framing?

I'm building a platform 22.5-23.5" high in a space 88" by 62-64", supports on three side but one free span side for a bed to slide out - the long side, of course. Because of height/width ...
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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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Metal object encountered when drilling into wall above radiator

I was drilling through the wall (above the radiator, but not above any pipes or sockets) and hit something metal. I have drilled a tiny hole in that metal plate. It's not copper, looks silver. What ...
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What can I use as a concrete release agent for aluminum forms?

If I need to use aluminum sheeting as form for pouring concrete or another cement product, such as mortar/stucco, is there something (chemical) I can coat the sheet metal with so the cement doesn't ...
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Cutting wire/cable in close quarters

I need to cut some steel wire/cable (the type that's a bunch of little wires twisted together--not sure the technical term for it). The wire is maybe a bit more than 1/16in in diameter. The access ...
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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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Vacuum belt sliding off of rotator

I have an upright vacuum cleaner with rotating brushes at the intake. What rotates them is a belt that is rotated by a small rotating divot-looking thing. The belt is always falling off of that ...
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What to do with metal frame for clothesline?

I've bought a house that has these metal pipes which were used for a clothesline in generations past. The house also came with a washer and dryer. I will probably rent or sell the house in 1 - 3 ...
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Damaged Microwave? Plate with metal ring placed inside for 5 seconds

I was attempting to warm up some food recently and completely didn't notice that there was a small/thin ring of metal running around a plate I own. So I put the plate in the microwave to warm up food ...
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Name of plastic piece

Where can I buy this plastic piece? Here is another pic: I need it to place it between these two metal rods so that the curtain will slide easier: Now I don't need this exact same piece but ...
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Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling

Background Condo/Apt building (28? floors) Built 1993 Seattle, WA Wall facing neighbor's wall Need to drill into stud to mount Murphy bed. I drilled into same area that were used for the old Murphy ...
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Up and over garage door transformation

This up and over door is working properly, but I would like to make the house more accessible. This door is a bit heavy and you have to work against gravity to open in entirely. My idea was to cut ...
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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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Drilling/screwing into exterior metal door?

I am wondering about drilling/screwing into an exterior metal door. I want to install a dart board & back board onto the back of my exterior door that leads into the garage. My worries are as ...
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How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.
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How to drill a 3/4" or larger hole in a steel bracket?

I purchased a wheel set and the bracket has a hole drilled in the wrong place. I need to make the hole larger. Will a titanium bit (like the link below) drill thru a 1/8" or 3/16" steel bracket? If ...
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Metal door/ wood screws

The condo board just replaced my old wood door, with a sheet metal door. both having windows. I need to hang blinds and the kit does not have metal screws. Will my blinds be secure enough if I drill ...
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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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How to connect two bed legs to make a bunk bed from two regular beds?

I am planning to make a bunk bed from two regular kids' beds and looking for ideas how to connect two bed legs so that the result would be aesthetically pleasing, as well as constructionally sound. ...
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How to rip out inground pool's steel walls?

Planning a major house project for next spring. My wife and I decided to fill in our inground pool. Previous owners built it, but not sure when (could be anywhere from late 1970s to early 2000s, ...
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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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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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Does cold galvanizing compound restore the rust protection of a galvanized duct?

The house is a ranch built on slab on grade with a newer furnace in a downflow configuration with A/C. The in-floor clay tile supply lines are in good shape and clean. The original 60 year old ...
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Fixing metal siding that is loose on garage

The metal siding on my garage (built in 2012) is coming off, leaving exposed wood. The only thing that was holding the metal down was the caulk which came off pretty easily within a few years. I ...
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Is an electric heat gun powerful enough to help aid in metalwork?

I've seen videos where metalworkers will heat up some sheet metal with a blow torch to make it more malleable. Could this be done with an electric heat gun (just working with ~1 to 2mm thick steel and ...
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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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Does anyone have the name of a liquid that bonds to rust and produces a hard black finish?

Years ago I purchased a thick substance/liquid in a small white plastic jar from Sears. It was a thick off-white liquid that one would paint onto a rusty metal surface. The liquid would change to a ...
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Metalwork - Is it possible to achieve a smooth surface (planishing) with just hammers and slappers?

I am making a motorcycle fender. First time working with metal. I understand the principals of planishing but understand that most people achieve the best effect with a pneumatic hammer or English ...
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What is the metal I have in my wall?

I've been trying to mount a TV on my wall, and have encoutnered a problem locating and drilling into studs. I used a stud detector to look for studs in my wall, and proceeded to drill. Instead, I ...
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How can I make self-tapping sheet metal screws go into metal studs more easily?

I am framing metal stud walls to hang drywall in my basement. When using self-tapping sheet metal screws to secure the metal studs to the top and bottom stud tracks, it seems like the screws often ...
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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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Is this water stain from rust or (other) minerals

I have a 2nd floor hot-mopped deck with grouted slate tile placed on top of it. During rain, water comes out between the hot mop and tile layers and runs down the side of my home, leaving stains on ...
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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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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 ...
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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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Attach net/hammock to interior walls

Imagine a square room with four walls (12x12). Say you wanted to string a net across the area at a height of 6 ft, like a hammock. The net will be attached on all 4 walls, and it must support up to ...
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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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Mechanised TV stand

I would like to create a Media Unit which has a TV that slides up and down within. I don't necessarily want it to be motorised as they seem quite expensive. I want to build it out of laminated wood ...
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Did I ruin my griddle by overheating it?

So turns out the thermostat control on our griddle was broken. We ran it on full blast for about thirty minutes. Started to notice the adhesive bubbling on the sides then turned it off to investigate. ...
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What is this metal part around the fan's motor in my freezer and how to prevent it from rusting?

A few months ago, while cleaning, I took the plastic cover off the back (of the inside) of my freezer (covers the fan and the cooler) and things looked fine: I didn't put the cover back on and ...
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How to drill steel with large bit outside the drill press

I need to drill a 12 mm hole in a steel piece 5mm thick, but the whole piece doesn't fit on my drill press. Can this be done anyhow? In my previous experience drilling holes this big with a hand ...
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Threading aluminum

I have some "very finely-threaded" screws with flat endings and some un-threaded aluminum "bar" (2mm thick). I wish to have that "bar" threaded according to the screws, but since they are not ...