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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 holes,...
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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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What to use to clear paint a few pieces of brass?

I want to paint a few pieces of brass, with some kind of clear paint/primer. Removing the pieces and spray painting would be tedious, so I am looking for an option where a brush would be used. I've ...
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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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Find or fabricate a metal bracket for bicycle trailer [migrated]

My family and I decided to get into cycling. We bought two bikes for my wife and myself and a pull behind trailer for our little girl. Problem is, my bike has a very small point where the hitch ...
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Grounding an industrial pipe fitting lamp, which wire to use?

I'm working on creating an industrial lamp using black metal pipe fittings. Since this pipe is all metal it should be properly grounded. I'm looking around for 16/3 or 18/3 lamp cord, but finding it ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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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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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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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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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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replacing roof screw

My Metal roof is 20 years old and a roofer told me to replace the screws with a bigger size. how do I determine my screw size? roof screws seem to have their own standards #10, #12, #14, #16... what ...
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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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How do I fix a minor scratch on a dyed aluminum anodized surface?

I have a home appliance with a green anodized aluminum case (like apple macbooks and older iPods). There is a minor scratch that is pretty easy to miss, but once I see it I can't unsee it. My main ...
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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 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 restrictions, ...
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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 [closed]

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 divot....
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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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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 (e....
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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 in-...
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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 don'...
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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 ...