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How do I repair a broken polystyrene part?

I have a speaker whose mount broke. I previously tried to fix it using a common 2-part "5 minute" epoxy (I believe I did 2 or 3 separate applications, trying to get some thickness on it), but after a ...
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2 layers of plastic film window insulation?

I am insulating a single-pane window with plastic film (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GKC2GW?keywords=plastic film insulation&qid=1453679450). This window can't be opened, so I will keep ...
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Is it required for effectiveness to stretch interior window film?

Thanks in advance! Please let me know if I should provide more specific information, or if this is covered somewhere else. Short version: I am using a Frost King window insulation kit on a window. ...
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Repair broken button from dishwasher controller plastic case

So recently my dishwasher stopped working. After disassembling, I found out that the problem was just the on/off button. It won't work because when you press it, it pushes a plastic piece that is ...
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How to sand/smooth a small plastic stylus tip? [closed]

I bought some cheap replacement styluses for a gadget with a plastic pressure-sensitive screen (a Wii U gamepad). Being cheap, the seams between the styluses' plastic halves are not well sanded, and ...
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Cover screw holes in pvc

What's the best way to cover screw holes in pvc? I was thinking about filling them, then covering with a piece of plastic.
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How can I remove scratches from mat plastic?

This is the sheet of plastic that I would like to clean up. I've researched the Internet a bit, but I could only find solutions for glossy plastics that involved polishing. Is there anything that ...
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Cutting slots in delrin on table saw

I have a table saw that can accommodate a 3/8" dado stack. I need to cut 3/4" wide x 3/8" deep dados in a 3/4" thick delrin sheet. The table saw is the only tool I have that can really do something ...
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Plastic shower drain filter

How do you replace the plastic shower filter. I cannot get it to snap back into the black rubber gasket.
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Install plastic between drywall ceilings and rafters?

We are building a new house and are getting ready to install the drywall on the ceilings. We have installed a 6 mil plastic barrier on the underside of the rafters to act as an air & moisture ...
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Plastic shower pan about to crack. Any preventive measures to take before it is too late?

Recently our shower pan started to make really loud, cracking sounds when we step on it. I feel that it will crack, if we don't take any action. The paint has already come off slightly in the places ...
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How to stick plastic on to fabric

I am trying to stick a strip of LED lights under a bed base (which is covered with a bed base kind of sheet). The adhesive behind the LED strip has worn off. I have tried to get some cloth tape and ...
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Repair fridge door shelves

Our fridge has two white plastic shelves on the door. Both are cracked in the bottom - one just around the center, and one where almost the entire bottom has cracked along the front. I'm not ...
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Broken Miele Novotronic door latch

The latch on our tumble dryer door has broken. I've looked inside where the door clips in and I can see the following It is my belief that the plastic has actually snapped where shown (although I ...
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Can I use bisphenol resin to bond plastic?

I have a tube of bisphenol two part resin I'd like to use to repair headphones with a broken band. Problem is the band is plastic. Can I use a BPA resin to bond the earphone back to the band? I ask ...
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“Tomato cage” plastic connections — Design idea

I'm creating on AutoCAD a hydroponic tower garden. I would like to get some ideas about how to design the connections between the parts required to build a tomato cage. Here's a bird's eye view of ...
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Need help identifying plastic grille

I'm trying to figure out what this item (left behind by the previous owner of the house) is. Can anyone help identify it so I can determine whether it should trashed or not?
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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Quarter turn connection for plastic tubes — Design idea request

I'm developing a 3d project using AutoCAD 2013 and I would like to request ideas for a specific problem. It is not for a commercial project. It is about how to connect two hollow plastic pipes using ...
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How to get rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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How do I remove this plastic shower drain cover?

My shower has recently been having trouble draining and, with a flashlight, I've noticed that there's a great deal of hair and other material stuck in the pipe, clogging it. It seems simple enough to ...
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Is it possible to use plastic sheeting rather than tiles in a temporary bathrooom?

Is it possible to use plastic sheeting (somewhat like opaque perspex laminate) rather than tiles in a temporary (house will be demolished in two years time) bathrooom? I'm thinking the kind of product ...
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Glue Kohler flush valve together?

I have a Kohler toilet with a canister flush valve (part 1084017-6-A). The top of the "guide" piece in the flush valve assembly (where the hose attaches) broke off, so the toilet functions but very ...
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Please suggest to me some thermally resistant plastic similar to PVC and Polycarbonate Plexiglass?

I want to find some colored/transparent plastic sheeting that has stable mechanical properties at 100 degrees Celsius, 200 Fahrenheit. Edit- Sorry i forgot to say the project: It's for an ...
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alternatives to >$120 replacement clock for old Magic Chef gas range

I'm looking for ideas to avoid paying over $120 to replace the clock on my old gas range where the electronics are working but the plastic attachments are broken. My Magic Chef Model #31211WAW has a ...
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How to repair the leg of a computer chair

I have an office computer chair whose leg broke, there is a huge crack along the plastic, and it bends, but its still attached. I tried using hot glue and duct tape, but it breaks apart again because ...
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Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar / baking soda to remove mold on (soft) plastic?

Will the (soft) plastic be eroded or produce bad chemical due to the low / high pH?
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What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?

I have a built in microwave oven with a broken door open button (the hinge plastic was too thin by design). The plastic is somewhat pliable, waxy. There is no chasing arrow showing the plastic type, ...
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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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What adhesive would mate PLA and PVC?

I have two fixtures, a PVC pipe and a (3D Printed) socket made out of PLA that I would like to mate. I made a trip to the hardware store and was intimidated by the selection the fact that most ...
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How to identify the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a given thing is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves. 1 1/4" hole in concrete. Sleeve is 4" deep. Broken at the top, no flange left on top.
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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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Can you fix scratches in Little Tykes furniture?

Little Tykes has thick plastic furniture and toys. Is there a way to make them look new? Buff, fill, what?
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How should one polish transparent polystyrene plastic?

I've got some souvenir from overseas and I want to give it to a friend of mine. But I accidentally left some scratches on its transparent surface and now I want to polish it. I don't really know what ...
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Will WD-40 dissolve plastic?

I've seen cases where it has harmed certain metals. Will plastic dissolve in prolonged exposure to WD-40?
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Is it okay to use silicone sealant on plexiglass?

I've installed an air conditioner in a large horizontal sliding window, and I've used plexiglass to block off the space above the unit. I'd now like to seal the edges of the plexiglass pane to prevent ...
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Why doesn't duct tape work well on cables?

In the past, I've used duct tape on cables (e.g., Power, LAN). For instance, I taped cables to a wall, I taped cables together for storing etc. The taping often failed after some time: The taping ...
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Can poly plastic water storage tank be used to store hot water?

Another set of questions in context of my home-brew solar water heater: Can poly-plastic water storage tanks, be used to store hot water (140deg F / 60deg C) ? How can I thermally insulate a 50 ...
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What type of plastic is best for outdoor usage?

What type of plastic is best for outdoor usage? Like resistant to constant sunlight and water exposure and strong enough. It will be used to encolse part of (small size bird) aviary. Also please ...
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Will a Dremel multipurpose bit cut through 1/2 inch polycarbonate?

Would I be able to use the Dremel multipurpose cutting bit (561) to cut patterns out of 1/2 inch polycarbonate (Lexan)? Dremel "experts" said no but I want to hear other people's opinions. According ...
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How can I join PVC pipe in a food safe way?

I want to close a rectangular vertically mounted pipe with a piece of flat PVC plastic. I will use the pipe for growing herbs on the wall outside my house, so it needs to be non-toxic. I was thinking ...
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Should I use a hose clamp on my furnace drainage pipe?

I have a drainage pipe coming from my furnace that a hose regularly connects to and drains to somewhere down into the floor. The hose unfortunately isn't in a great location and if people aren't being ...
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Repairing wire dishwasher racks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack? We have a dishwasher with wire racks on the inside. The racks have a plastic coating on them, but ...
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How can I secure a plastic toolbox to the wall?

I have a plastic toolbox that I want to mount on the wall. I need it to be extremely stable once mounted, and I was therefore considering simply screwing it directly to the wall. However, I'm ...
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What kind of glue can I use to attach a laminated poster to a wood frame?

I have a 50" x 36" laminated poster that has a propensity to curl. One copy of it curled so much that it bent the foamcore on which it was mounted. I decided to mount a different copy of it on a wood ...
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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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What is a good way to cut hard plastic so it will have a smooth finish?

I want to cut a piece of plastic peg. The peg will be visible (it is on my laptop stand), so want it to have a smooth finish. I could just use a saw, but the finish will not be good. How should I go ...
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Alternative equipment(s) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic beside using a small drill

Are there other alternatives beside a small drill (shown below) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic? (Looking for something that is inexpensive, save energy, portable and can drill a decent hole ...
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How to attach plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs?

What's the best way to attach 4 mil plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs? I tried to use regular nails (sinkers 4d 1 - 3/8'') but the plastic sheet goes off the studs (through the head of the nails) ...