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What would you recommend to fix this problem with outdoor aluminum trim flecking paint?

I am having paint fleck off aluminum trim on my house. What would be a recommendation to correct this problem? If painting it, how long would it last?
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Connecting two Aluminium post together

I have aluminum fencing post of 7 ft. Because of less height, I cant use this to insert directly into the concrete to have additional stability and strength. One option is directly installed on a ...
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How to Repair Aluminum Siding J Channel Outside Corner

What are possible ways to repair this mangled j channel corner? It's a single piece of aluminum that runs to the roof, so it would be a pain to remove all the siding to replace it.
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How do I fix a metal storm door that is too low on its hinges?

We have an aluminum glass door outside of our front door that won't close or open without serious force. It looks like it needs to be lifted on the hinges, as pictured. There is a gap at the top of ...
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How to form deformed slats of horizontal aluminum blinds back into shape?

Is there a way to return 100%-functional aluminum slats closer to original optically uniform shape? When looking at their profile, it is slightly bent shape like ⌢, 0.15 mm thick. Ideally in-place, ...
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What is this Z-Shaped Alumnium Under The Soffit?

We have an Z-shaped aluminum(?) material nailed to the wood under the soffit around the entirety of the house. The material has a white finish on the front with a gold finish on the back of the ...
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Is this house wired with copper and at least a 100A service?

Is this house copper wired and 100 amp? I opened up the breaker box and see mostly copper colored wiring. And the largest breakers at the top of the breaker box are stamped with 100. My mom has owned ...
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How to deal with the scratch in powder coated aluminium roller unit

I recently installed some roller window units made of Powder coated aluminium. It's hardly two weeks , after seeing this scratch and I wonder ,Is it even the power coated aluminium as they mentioned. ...
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Fill gaps between vinyl window and aluminum frame with expanding foam?

I'm trying to re-trim a corner window in the kitchen. I'm not familiar with window terminology, so my apologies in advance. It's a double paned window set into an aluminum frame. I've owned the house ...
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Is tapping into my 40A breaker circuit for my 130A partial duty welder doable and safe?

I have good access to Aluminum B type SE wire connected to a 40 amp breaker. It is a dedicated circuit. There are only two capped wires and a thin app 2 mm silver color (aluminum?) wire that is ...
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2 wire 6 AWG Aluminum wire used for a 4 prong dryer outlet [duplicate]

I am pretty comfortable and knowledgeable with wiring and basic electricity however I am stumped with how to proceed with my current problem. My dryer died and needed a new dryer cord (it is 4 prong ...
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Fixing a loose screw in metal/aluminium sofa [closed]

I have bought an outdoor sofa on vidaxl.com that is made of aluminium tubulars. The problem is that the quality of the product is bad, enough bad that after a couple of people gently pushed their ...
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What screws can be used with Aluminum windows?

I got some cheap aluminum windows for an outdoor room project, but I'm not sure what hardware to use to mount them. The windows have a nailing flange built in, but I don't want to use steel screws, or ...
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How to install grab bar in aluminum siding

A grab bar is needed in the exterior wall, which is made of aluminum siding. How? Ideally the grab bar would go at chest height on the narrow section above the steps (to the left of the garage door)....
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Rewiring a house that has aluminum wiring

My house is at least partially wired with aluminum. I’m trying to replace what I can as I remodel. I can pull copper wire in some areas but can not pull out the aluminum easily as it is stapled down. ...
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Aluminum plate sliding on top of aluminum work surface. They will scratch each other. What can be used to protect them and to easy the sliding?

I am building a jig for a router table and I realized too late that using an aluminum base for the jig will scratch the router table which is also made of aluminum. What can be used to prevent this ...
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Best way to cut a nice 9mm by 5mm slot in 2mm thick aluminium? [closed]

I need to make slots in some aluminium enclosures to accommodate a USB socket like the one shown here. The USB socket is moulded into a 8.9mm by 4.4mm rectangle which protrudes from the rest of the ...
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Can I replace a wooden porch post with a 4x4x.25" aluminum box tube?

I was wondering what the vertical load capacity of a 4"×4"×.25" 6063 square aluminum tube is at 8' tall. I have a small front porch with only the roof above it. There are 3 wood posts ...
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How to temporarily cover holes in exterior walls while awaiting new siding installation?

The second floor of my house uses crumbling tar covered OSB for sheathing, with no house wrap. This sheathing has multiple holes / gaps / large breaks, and is allowing moisture, bugs, and exterior air ...
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What type of contractor do I call to build a custom pool equipment enclosure that attaches to my fence?

My pool equipment is right next to the fence line and is a horrendous site. It is also quite loud. I am looking for the TYPE of specialist/contractor/company that I should be looking into to come ...
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Addressing paint issue with new aluminum windows

I just had brand new high-end aluminum windows installed. Black ones, very nice. Supposedly the very high-end stuff. After the installation, a different contractor did the framing finish around with ...
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Strengthening a gazebo roof support rod that was previously bent

Snow fell on my gazebo while I still had the canopy on it. It bent the rods inwards and downward. I have managed to straighten them as much as I could, but I feel like they need to be strengthened ...
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How can I find replacement extruded aluminum?

How can I find replacement extruded aluminum? Is there a standard way to describe it for online search or working with a supplier? This piece was used in one of my windows. I cleaned it in a degreaser ...
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Identify these aluminum parts?

Today I saw an aluminum structure that’s used as a carwash. It’s a very rudimentary drawing, but this is what it looks like: These are the two parts: one’s a base leg and the other connects the leg ...
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Add aluminum wiring in a house with copper

This is more of a practical question than an NEC one. I've dealt with aluminum wiring in a prior home and know how much of a pain it is to use CO/AL bridges and Noalox to meet code. In my case I need ...
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Fiberglass window exterior: rolled or extruded aluminum?

I am looking to replace my 60+ year old wooden picture windows with fiberglass ones and have boiled it down to two options (installed price): MFG 1 whom uses rolled aluminum exterior ($3600 per ...
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Insulation boards with foil facing outside - condensation issues?

AFAIK the best-practice for applying insulation+vapour barrier in cold climates is: inside -> inside wall -> vapour barrior -> insulation -> outside wall (exposed to the elements). If you ...
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Why did this aluminum bar 'splash' when I tried to drill a hole?

I need to make a couple of 3mm holes in this 0.75" 6063-T52 Aluminum Square Bar. I grabbed a 3mm drill bit, and consulted this chart. My drill press only goes up to 3200, so I set it to that ...
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How can I insulate aluminum window frames?

I live in a rented apartment with aluminum window frames and double-pane windows. Now that it is heating season, I am noticing that my window frames are incredibly cold to the touch when it is cold ...
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Can diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods?

As the question is self explanatory, I want to know can I diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods? I have a 7" diamond blade (circular) but I cannot find the manufacturer's recommendations on ...
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Should I put glass directly on an aluminum frame for a table? [closed]

I want to build a table (for my office) from aluminum extrusions (sometimes called 80/20) and I like to put tempered glass on top. Can/should I put the glass directly on the metal? Or would it be ...
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Metal vs. masonry paint for a matte paint finish on flat aluminium sheets?

I have powder-coated aluminium sheets that I'd like to paint, such that the finish looks matte, like a normal wall (i.e. no gloss). I concluded that simply sanding the powdercoating layer a bit, to ...
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How can I remove corrosion between aluminum and brass?

I am replacing the gas springs on my outdoor sun blinds, and have difficulty removing brass pins holding an aluminum lever. The sun blinds are about 16 years old and there is white corrosion visible. ...
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What ways are there to paint aluminium panels for outdoor use?

I only know of powder coating as a method of applying the final paint. My questions are: What are other options of painting aluminum panels (e.g. aluminum gate) for outdoor use? How do they compare ...
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I saw this window at a recycled window outlet, but it was sold and I am trying to find who made it. Any suggestions from these pictures?

Who makes this window? Any ideas. I saw this at a recycled window outlet, but it was sold. Aluminum clad in green.
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Which door is strongest?

I'm comparing two security doors. The first option is aluminum: It uses Meshtec which from what I've read is pretty much impossible to get through. However, from what I've read, aluminum is a lot ...
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New aluminum fence posts loose in Quiikrete

I installed an aluminum fence using 80 pound yellow back Quikrete and after about 12 hours some posts were loose. Now after closer to 18 hours they seem better. How long does it take before the fence ...
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How to stop air leak in exterior door aluminum sill?

I found that one of my exterior doors are leaking cold air from beneath the door sill. The product installed is Endura Z-Articulating Cap Sill™ and Sealing System How can I seal it? Can I use ...
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Repair holes in galvanized sheet?

So far, I've only seen other questions around here about galvanized pipe or duct, so here's a new one for you all! I'm trying to patch up holes rusted through a telescope observatory's dome. The ...
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How do I fix aluminium edging onto an MDF board?

I bought a 12mm sheet of melamine-faced MDF to use as a (black) whiteboard (chalk pens, works nicely) and some aluminum angle to use as edging (hoping to attach it to the sides and the front). I was ...
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Window casing upgrade to plastic/pvc/vinyl/aluminum

I Just had two rooms added to the house, and I totally forgot to mention in the contract that I wanted the window casing to be plastic. (window frame? The internal part that encases the window ...
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Soldering copper pigtails to aluminum wire

As I prepare to remedy my parent's 1965 home's aluminum wiring I have investigated Copalum and Alumicon. Copalum appears to be unavailable. I've tried a few Alumicon connectors but they take a lot of ...
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Cutting extruded aluminium with a circular saw

What kind of circular saw blade is best for safely cutting aluminium? I have some long sections of aluminium, actually hip beams from a dismantled conservatory, that are roughly T-shaped and 40 x 70 ...
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What thickness aluminium can be cut with a scissor? [closed]

I'm thinking of cutting some thin aluminium sheet to make some covers. I don't have a saw or skill so as a temporary solution want to use scissors or another tool. I think there is a hand tool to cut ...
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Water on the inside of corner

My secobd floor sticks out over my frist floor. I have aluminum siding on the second floor. I noticed water was coming in and down the corner piece. Its on the inside behind the j channel. The red ...
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Dirt or concrete for Aluminum fence posts?

Should I use concrete, dirt, or gravel to set aluminum fence post is disturbed soil? The soil was backfilled 9 months ago, and it may not be fully settled.
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What is this connector part called and where can I buy one?

I am trying to find a replacement for this connecting part on a ballet barre. It's kind of like a long tee clamp but internal. The poles it connects to are aluminium. Essentially 2 of the key locking ...
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New ceiling fan socket with copper wiring

I am trying to replace the lightbulb socket in a ceiling fan fixture. The wires coming from the fan are aluminum (I assume bec the wires are silver colored) the wires that came with the new socket ...
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Is untreated aluminium suitable as an LED heat sink?

I'd like to have a 5m LED strip lighting directed upwards from around 1m height (would be behind a desk and other furniture). My idea was a simple U shaped aluminium profile (so it can be screwed to ...
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Fixing broken cast aluminum?

My drill press was dropped and the table broke off. The break is shown in the picture. Nothing got bent out of shape the table part fits this break perfectly. Is there a reasonable way to re-attach ...
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