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Bending bars of iron gate [duplicate]

We just moved into a new house with some iron fencing around the backyard and a large double gate to allow access to the backyard. Unfortunately one side of the gate was damaged at some point in the ...
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Patching Holes in Iron Staircase

My condo building has an outdoor iron staircase that has been developing some penny to quarter sized holes. While the staircase is structurally sound, I’m looking for a solution to patch the holes in ...
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How to connect 4” PVC to broken sewer line?

I have a piece of broken cast iron pipe with almost no overhang. Wondering what are my options here?
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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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How do I connect an IKEA 1.25“ P-Trap tube to 1.5” MPT nipple in a cast-iron hub?

I'm attempting to re-install an IKEA bathroom vanity with deep drawers. It's very similar to this installation. My problem is that there isn't enough space between the drawer and the existing ...
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How can I cut extremely heavy cast iron?

I want to cut up a large piece of cast iron (think storm drain cover) with thicknesses greater than 1". What would be the cheapest way to accomplish this? It doesn't have to be a fast method. Could ...
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Is there a “universal” flux core welding wire for repairing any kind of iron?

I need to weld a railing and am not sure what kind of metal it is made from. For the time being, I'm going to assume it's iron until I can do a magnet test. But short of getting a sample tested in a ...
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Cast iron drain pipe replacement

I live in a ranch with a concrete slab for a foundation built in 1956. The kitchen drain feeds into the pipe under the concrete where it is rotted or collapsed. This 2 inch pipe runs approx 18 feet to ...
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How to remove a cast iron pipe plug that has been soldered with lead

I'm adding a utility sink in my basement. I'd like to drain it into a cast iron pipe junction, but I'm having trouble removing the old plug. It appears to have been sealed with lead solder. I'm ...
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Is it acceptable to use multiple PVC couplings when routing a drain through joists?

I'm deciding whether to repair or replace my ancient cast iron DWV plumbing while the walls and ceilings are open. The 1.5" steel shower/tub drain is currently notched through joists for a run of ...
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How do I remove water trapped within wrought iron railing?

In the process of repainting my wrought iron fence, I had discovered that in a few of the rails, water started to leak out at the weld joints attached to the bottom rail while removing paint & ...
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Replacing 2 inch vertical cast iron pipe going through concrete

I have a 2 inch cast iron pipe that is leaking at the cement line of a second floor condominium. The common line connects 3 stacked bathrooms. My plan is to remove the concrete around the pipe that ...
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Any way to see if it's made of galvanized steel?

Is there any easy way for me to see if something is made from regular steel or galvanized steel? I'm having some galvanized steel bases installed at my apartment, but I want to make sure it's actual ...
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Moving and Installing a Cast Iron Bathtub

I am renovating my bathroom. My wife really wants a cast iron bathtub due to its durability. The one she wants weighs approximately 350 lbs. Does anyone have any practical installation tips for ...
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Can stove grates be repainted?

I did a very dumb thing and put my cast iron gas stove grates in the oven during a short (2 hour) self-cleaning cycle. Not only did I melt off the rubber feet but the iron is now gray and ashy looking ...
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should I replace slightly broken iron toilet flange or switch to new ABS

I'm replacing the sub-flooring and will be tiling. I know that the toilet flange will be low, and it is chipped on one side where the toilet bolts go. I see two options (there could be more...): ...
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Iron stair case - terrible fixing

We have a nice old staircase with iron balustrades. But at the bottom of each is some horrible fixing, we are unsure what it is for - maybe a build of paint as the stairs were painted at one point in ...
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Identifying a piece of cast iron hardware

A friend has a very old house, and while exploring it found the following piece of cast iron hardware. It's about 2 1/2" across, has four holes with what seems to be set screws, and a fifth taller ...
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Can I drill a cast iron enameled shower pan for door installation?

Drill in hand, about to do it! Should there be concern here?
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Mysterious toilet leak

We noticed water dripping down the wall below the toilet on the 2nd floor. I assumed it was a leak in the wax ring, especially because the toilet had become slightly loose and rocked slightly when sat ...
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Does Ductile Iron Rust?

I am in the middle of replacing a drain in the concrete floor of my basement. I'm replacing it because the current drain is terribly rusted, and was quite crooked in terms of not being flush with the ...
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how to patch minor leaks at cast iron sewer pipe's joint

please see attached image, I am not sure whether it's a leak where the metal is split, or whether its corrosion where the liquid seeps through the metal. I am looking to patch this, somehow, can ...
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How should a section of cast iron piping be replaced?

I just discovered a leaking section of cast iron pipe in my basement. There is moisture around the joints, but I guess there could be pinhole-sized spots or a crack on the bit I can't easily see. I'm ...
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How can I repair a cinder block wall around a sewer line?

After having replaced ~30' of 4" cast iron w PVC, I'm left with two holes in the cinderblock foundation. The holes are the height of 1 block and about 1/2 the width of a block. These leaves a pretty ...
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How to strip paint off cast iron?

I'm looking to refurbish a bench that disintegrated over the years. The bench ends are still in decent shape, but I need to clean off the remaining paint and rust. My main concern is that I don't ...
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How can I safely cut this pipe with an angle grinder?

I have a two inch cast iron pipe w/cup coming up from a concrete floor. There used to be a connection at the cup for a sink drain. That piece was broken by my handy man and subsequently removed by ...
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How do I replace this cast iron toilet flange?

I have a big old gawd awful cast iron (at least I think it's cast iron, the house was built in 1940) toilet flange that is in sorry shape. See? There will never be a better time to replace it - as ...
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How do you replace a section of cast iron drain pipe?

circa 1929, Boston The kitchen sink connects to cast iron inside the wall. Just below the connection the section of vertical cast iron pipe is rotten and leaking. A couple of feet above it ties into ...
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Is there a high temperature glue that I can use on a cook top?

We have a 1 year old Frigidaire gas range (This model or a near sibling, purchased from Lowes). The burner grates appear to be painted cast-iron, while the surface below them is a polished and ...
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Why is it so difficult to cut through cast iron?

Recently, I was observing someone cut through a cast iron pipe and a cast iron radiator and even using a very powerful reciprocating saw, the cut was very slow. I have also previously had discussions ...