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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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Corrosion aluminium brass

I am replacing the gas springs on my outdoor sunblinds, and have difficulty removing brass pins holding an aluminum lever. The sunblinds 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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Aluminum awning support

Im looking to support my aluminum awning that spans 16'10". It has 4 vertical supports. I would like to eliminate the two center supports. At best it must support the weight of 2 ft of snow. ...
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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?

I'm thinking of cutting some thin aluminium sheet to make some covers. I dont 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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Solar panel as a hatch and Is sleeping under a solar panel safe?

I'm looking to build a very large custom roof hatch/vent on my van. I was going to make to top out of Lexan, but then I realized I might want a large solar panel on the roof as well. I was looking at ...
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What paint to use to fill engraved letters on aluminium plate?

Basically I want to engrave letters and some symbols on aluminium box and fill them in using a paint, What paint should I use? As far as I know aluminium usually gets painted by anodazing process. ...
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How can I remove residue left after removing aluminum foil from my windows?

Let's see whether this is a question for DIY or for Chemistry. I put up aluminium foil on my windows for a few days, to test whether it was a good way to avoid the heating by the morning sun. I put ...
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Drilling hole in Aluminum i-Beam - weakening [closed]

This is one of those things that my gut says "how could it be an issue" but am hoping someone has a more engineered answer. I have a 13k Boat Lift from Boat Lift US. Each side has two 3/8" Aluminum ...
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how can I attach screws perpendicularly to an aluminum sheet [closed]

I do not own a drill press nor a welding machine; I do own a simple drill however it is not poweful enough to penetrate through the aluminum. are there any special glue types for aluminum that can ...
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Correct crimping tool for these sleeves? Are these the correct sleeves?

I recently bought these aluminum sleeves for 3/16" wire, and this crimper tool. They will be used with this 1/8" wire coated to 3/16" I started using it today, and it seems the tool is too small. I ...
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Is there any such thing as a rectangular tripod mount or something like that? [closed]

So I bought this 20€ foldable laptop table: But I work with at least 2 external HDDs at a time, so I needed to find a way of having them "attached" to the table, too. The best, cheapest, most elegant ...
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Best way to join two vertical aluminium poles

I currently have an aluminium (aluminum?) pole that's about 1"1/8 across, and it's embedded into concrete. I need this pole taller, and can acquire exactly the same spec pipe in any length to do this. ...
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Reinforce aluminum pipe attached to wood posts in fence

I recently installed a fence where the posts are 4" x4" pressure-treated wood with an aluminum pipe rail, similar to this: fence and this, but without the wood rail: fence with wood rail I use a ...
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Is it possible to use a router to cut a slot in aluminum?

I need to cut a 1/4 inch slot in 1/4 inch inch thick aluminum. I currently have A drill press A router in a router table Carbide bits for the router My current plant is to drill the beginning and ...
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Coating copper with aluminium powder

I am about to install a copper weathervane which will also work as lightning conductor (it will be mounted on top of an earthed aluminium flagpole). Because: exposed to weather, copper will corrode ...
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Attach aluminum tube securely to base without welding/soldering?

How can I securely attach 4-ft x 1" aluminum tube to an aluminum base without having to solder/welding or glue? The aluminum base is 1/8" thick. The tubes are open on both sides, but they can be ...
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How can I recondition aluminum door sills?

I have three prehung doors with built-in aluminum door sills. They are 15-20 years old and starting to look kinda crappy. I've tried cleaning them with household cleaners but it didn't improve the ...
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Why are my oven knobs turning pink?

I left my stove un-attended for 8 weeks and when I got back to using it, I noticed mould on one of the stove's knobs. I sprayed some white vinegar, let it sit for 5 minutes and wiped it off. Sadly, it ...
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Aluminum vs galvanized vs stainless tubing for fence with railing?

I'm building a simple fence that's composed of 1" or 1.5" OD x 0.065" wall x 4-ft tube soldered to a stainless steel base that's bolted to concrete. This fence will have a wood rail at the top. ...
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Can I use pressure-treated 2x2 posts as a base for an aluminum arbor?

I plan on building an arbor with 2" square, white, tubing ( the sort used for screen rooms). I read that aluminum should not be set in concrete. What if is used 2" X 2" PT wood set in concrete and put ...
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How to fill and paint over chip in powder coated aluminum chair

Not sure whether due to weather/humidity changes or what, but a pretty new outdoor chair that we have has warped and cracked. It's made out of aluminum and powder coated. Whats the best remedy here? ...
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do i add a number to alumiconn connectors when using for repair work of aluminum wiring

I have three receptacles boxes with burnt aluminum wiring. I,m going to use three port alumiconn conectors to repair outlet and join copper pigtail with two aluminum wires. I will be using one for hot,...
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Connecting Aluminum Angle using Screws

I am trying to join 2 pieces of Aluminum angles (6061, 90 degree, 1/16" thick) together using this self-driving screw: Extra-Wide Rounded Head Drilling Screws for Metal #8 1/2" length From McMaster ...
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What is the proper way to prep and paint aluminum siding

A portion of my home's 40 year old aluminum siding is discolored and needs to be repainted. What is the proper way to prep and paint it?
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Painting aluminum garage door

I need to repaint my aluminum garage door but want to use the right paint / process to do it. Will an oil based paint like rustoleum work? Is there a special primer that I need to get this done the ...
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will any glue bond 2 long, bendable metal components

I am trying to create stiffness on an 8-foot length of 1/4" acrylic, with minimal visual footprint. I hit on an 8-foot aluminum U-shaped channel (slips right over top of the acrylic), but it wasn't ...
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Installing aluminum window in block wall

I have no clue how an aluminum window is fixed to a solid block wall opening,I live in South Africa and the window I bought is glazed and came with 4 lugs that slides down the edges of the frame. The ...
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What are these kind of assemble-able "Erector" sets generally known as or called?

What are these kind of "Erector Sets" generally known as? I know this is based on "Aluminium Sections". I was wondering if there is a class of products/ companies in the space that are called "...
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Remove paint and grime from aluminum windows?

We have old all-aluminum windows, and they've worked well after decades. But they're just a tad bit dirty. Are there any cleaners that will help me clean these windows? Thanks.
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Aluminum to Copper run

I'm in the process of remodeling a bedroom in my house and will be replacing all the drywall. I'm contemplating the idea of replacing the aluminum wire in the room with copper. My question is can I ...
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Checking house wiring for high resistance connections

My 1970 house was wired with aluminum branch circuits which I pig-tailed 35 years ago. I want to test the circuits by pulling 13 A from each receptacle and observing the voltage drop. There are six 15-...
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Repairing broken epoxy interface on aluminum

My fridge fell over and the hinge between the freezer door and refrigerator door broke. This aluminum part is crucial, so I took the gamble of repairing it with epoxy (see image). The part held for a ...
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Is AC2 lumber ok to use with aluminum?

My "local" big-box home improvement store sells a pressure treated lumber called AC2. Apparently this is different from ACQ in that its environmentally friendly, but still can be safely used with ...
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What type of aluminium to use for decorative trim?

I am looking to add some 1/2" strips of metal to a new fireplace surround (to be made out of MDF and red oak) as an accent. I thought that aluminium sheet would be good for this since it is easily ...