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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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What are the pros and cons of steel vs. aluminum metal roofing?

I'm considering a new roof for my suburban home. The home is about fourteen years old and the shingles are in so-so shape. We have had two leaks already and I've been told that means it is a good ...
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Under what circumstances can aluminum be in contact with steel?

I understand galvanic corrosion and the chemistry which causes the reaction. But under what circumstances can they be in contact? On first impression I would think they could in a dry environment... ...
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Best tool & method for cutting steel tubes (table legs)?

I have a table that I want to cut the hollow steel legs down to coffee table height. These are the table legs I have: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70217973/ What's the best tool and ...
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Which steel is stronger: Cold rolled, hot rolled, or stainless?

I need a 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 80" steel flat bar. I will omit the details of what I need it for because this question is basically asking which composition yields a stronger steel. www.discountsteel.com ...
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What is a good way to cleanly cut through steel?

What tools can I use to get a clean cut through thin steel? Specifically, I have several mini beer kegs I need to cut the bottoms out of. I don't mind it taking a while, but my cuts are jagged (easy ...
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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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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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How strong are bolts compared to welding and what qualities to look for in foundations?

I'm planning on building a home climbing wall, made from a mild steel subframe. It will probably be around 10 feet tall approx. I was thinking along the lines of using mild steel angle, cutting to ...
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How can I make a sturdy frame out of square, steel tubing?

Update 5/25/2013: I went with mike's idea of using corner braces, but with a twist. Instead of 7/8" braces and epoxy, I went with 1" braces and metal framing screws. The results are pretty good (see ...
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How can I add a piece of timber to my metal shed wall without creating a leak?

I have a garden shed with steel (powder coated) walls. I'd like to attach a piece of timber to the inside of the wall. I'll use the timber to attach hooks for hanging tools. I don't want the holes I ...
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Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?

Suppose I want to cover a roof with corrugated steel sheets. Imagine a sheet laying on the roof. It will have "tops" - zones that are further from the roof surface and "bottoms" - zones that are ...
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Which cutting style avionic snips do I choose if I have to choose just one?

Avionic snips (aka compound-action snips) come in three cutting styles - straight cutting, left cutting and right cutting. I plan to work with roofing corrugated steel and have no idea in advance what ...
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What does blocking refer to in relation to floor joists?

This question was triggered by the following line in a home inspection: Blocking is not installed for I joists above beams in basement. I have found pictures of blocking at ...
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How do I paint the steel crossbeam on a colorbond fence?

I have a colorbond fence. If you don't have colorbond in your area, it's painted steel panelling that can be used for fences or roofs. My fence looks like this: But what you can't see is the back ...
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How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?

I have attached two 3/4" panels of MDF together, so the end result is a 1 1/2"-thick panel. I need to reinforce it so that it does not bow, so I thought of attaching a 1/8"x1 1/2"x6' strip of steel ...
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Is there a way to drill a 1“-diameter hole through 1/8”-thick steel using a standard cordless power drill?

I am trying to reinforce a custom door I am building. Because it's made only of two layers of MDF, it is not as rigid as I want it to be and shows signs of bowing. Since it's going to be a ...
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How can I calculate the yield strength of steel tube?

There's a lot of information -- and even some debates -- on which has a stronger yield strength between square and round steel tube. The majority points to square when the dimensions are equal at the ...
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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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How to remove two-component adhesive from a stainless steel surface?

My dad used a two-component adhesive when trying to glue a door stopper to our stainless steel radiator. However he read the manual wrong and now there is dried out glue on the radiator and the door ...
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Can an ordinary power drill drill through steel?

It's my dad's drill and it's a Bosch. I'm not sure about the model no. etc because the box is missing together with the manual. He's been using it to drill holes in wood to install doors and also ...
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How should I prepare a steel door for painting?

I have two typical steel entry doors that were factory primed. They were installed 8 years ago in a new addition on my home. I am finally (!?) getting ready to paint them. The interior finish paint ...
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How do steel and enforced concrete posts compare?

From what I observe in my region posts in both municipal and private construction - mostly fence posts and lighting posts - are gradually replaced from enforced concrete to steel pipes. Is it just my ...
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Storage racks - plastic vs Bronze inside room

I am thinking of putting storage racks in one of my carpeted room. I looked at the bronze one, big and heavy at costo and I thought they would not be suitable for placing on carpet because They are ...
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Notch rules or guidelines for steel studs (non-load bearing)

I'm trying to figure out what kind of notches (if any) are allowed in steel studs used for non-load bearing walls (for a finished room in a basement). IRC 2009 section 603 indicates that no notches ...
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how do I connect a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to a steel lintel?

how do I connect a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to an exterior window's steel lintel? I don't want to drill the lintel but I do want the attachment to be permanent.
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How can I repair scratches on a coated stainless steel surface?

I have a coated stainless steel refrigerator that unfortunately was scratched. Every tip I've found for removing scratches says the coated ones cannot be fixed once scratched. Any suggestions?
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How can I transmogrify a fixed monitor post in to a variable height monitor post?

Background I am looking to increase the versatility of a desk by allowing the monitor to raise and lower, using a manual mechanical solution (i.e., no electric motors). I am trying to make adjusting ...
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Re-seal trailer roof

I have a small metal trailer. It is 5 years old and has developed a leak. I'd appreciate advice about how to re-seal it. The trailer has a PVC coated galvanised steel body, about 6ft long and 4ft ...
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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 ...