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What is the trade name for this kind of sheet metal cutter?

Is there a common trade name for a sheet metal shear that cuts by removing a strip, so as not to deform/bend the sides of the sheet like tin-snips do? What are these things called:
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Is it a problem that a door installer cut out most of the trimmer studs?

My contractor cut the stud around the rough opening very aggressively to squeeze a wider door in, and I wonder how bad the damage is to the structure and what the consequences are. Here are the ...
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Question and the how to cut the angle of a 2x4 that is 109 inches long and 1 end is 3.5 down to 1.5 [closed]

Need to know what's the angle I need to rip down a 2x4 that 109 inches long from 3.5 down to 1.5
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How do I cut away joint compound?

I used a square dowel to mostly fill a gap between a too-short vertical wood panel and the ceiling. The dowel had a slight warp, so when the glue dried, I added a layer of joint compound to bring it ...
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Is it easy to shorten (cut) this ABS pipe and if yes, how?

I have an ABS standpipe coming out of the wall for the washer drain. I’d like to insert a wye (for condensate pump) and ideally I’d like to shorten the pipe such that the total length remains the same....
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How to shorten a concrete pipe sticking from ground

In the garden I have an access shaft for underground rainwater tank. The shaft itself is a concrete pipe outer diameter 72cm and internal diameter 56cm. The wall thickness varies between 6 and 10 cm (...
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Can I cut a wall anchor so it will fit in the drilled hole without sticking out

I drilled a hole into my drywall and hit a metal stud. I don't have a drill bit for metal. I have 5/16" plastic wall anchors that will hold 85 lbs in drywall. Can I cut the plastic anchor so it's ...
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How can I cut 10mm tempered glass?

I am installing these glass panels on my stairs. Although I have a solution to install them in such a way that the top edges will line up, the glass panels will not sit properly centered on the treads....
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Cut 30” circle from 3/16” steel plate using portable bandsaw

I have a 31” x 31” x 3/16” mild steel plate. I want to cut a 30” circle from the the plate. Purpose: The plate/disc will be the base of a custom charcoal barbecue/raised fire pit. I’ve seen various ...
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Cutting Cabinet for larger Wall/Microwave Combo oven?

I would like to DIY my Wall Oven/Microwave combo replacement and have an interesting situation. The unit I am replacing is an old Kitchen Aid unit (that is working fine currently and I am not rushing ...
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Am I being overly critical of these window installations?

We are replacing all of the windows in our house, which is a few dozen. We are doing new construction style. The crew is only about 20% done, but already I've noticed a few issues that concern me. I'd ...
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Cut sink out of molded vanity top

Is it possible to cut the sink out a molded vanity top? We would like to put in a table top style sink, but to do so we need a counter top with a hole for the sink. Trying to save money and use the ...
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How to add new drain auger (snake) attachments?

Problem: Clogged outside 3 inch drain pipe. No trees in the yard but it feels like there might be mulch and packed dirt in the drain (the yard previously had a lot of mulch and house is built 2021). I ...
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How can I expand existing holes in MDF by 2/10ths of an inch?

I'm changing the lights installed in a kitchen cabinet. The old display lights are recessed and installed through two holes at the top of the cabinet (see photos below of the holes). The new lights ...
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How do you cut pex-al-pex or pe-al-pe?

The tubing pex-al-pex has an aluminum layer in it. This question is about tubing with an aluminum layer inside and not, not regular PEX-A or PEX-B. My house has (or had) kitec pipes. I'm in the ...
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How to get rid of lot of thin long tree branches that have been cut off?

My house has a large garden. There are some small trees on the left and right sides. These are not much taller than a human. They have a whole lot of thin long branches that are curved in random ...
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How can I conceal poorly-fit floor boards around door jambs?

So the previous owner installed their own hardwood floors and there are no extra pieces left over. The cuts and installion around the door jambs are awful. There are significant gabs been the jambs ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

As the photo shows, I want to cut some larger pieces of plywood. The right edge is not straight, but even if I get it straight, I will not be able to easily cut it using the rip fence. And the miter ...
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Cut grooves in plywood without using a router table

I want to cut grooves in a piece of 2x4. I thought of using my table saw, but the cuts would be too narrow. I have a router but no router table. Is there a way to cut grooves without a router table? I ...
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How can I cut a square shaped hole in cupboard glass? [closed]

How can I cut a square hole in middle of glass without shattering it, without a drill? Can it be done with carbide scribe?
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How can I cut a brick?

I need to cut a brick to a particular size to fit it in that area. I am not sure which tool I use or buy. I have asked several places, but they have expensive tools which I can't afford.
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Efficiently flush-rip cut thick rafter tail

How do carpenters and other construction pros efficiently and quickly cut beams, joists, rafter tails, etc when they need to be flush with the members around them (thus restricting use of many power ...
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How to cut angled holes in PVC pipe?

I need to join different sized pipes together at a 45 degree angle, but am struggling when it comes to what methods are available. The main pipe is 75mm radius, the smaller is ~40mm. I've opted to 3D ...
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Is a 6" Hole through a 10" Rim Joist ok?

I've got a question about venting through the rim joist. I'm building out my basement workshop and I'm going to install an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan needs an exhaust pipe. The most direct route is ...
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When abutting Ipe decking inline is it best to meet it at 90 deg or perform a 45 deg scarf cut?

I'm using Ipe with mounting clips. When abutting two pieces is it best to scarf 45° or just abut it at 90°?
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Do jigsaws differ in the depth that they can cut (with the same blade)?

I have a need to cut accurate shapes (including interior cuts) in some 4" thick polyethylene foam. Normally I would use a hot knife for this - but this thick and heavy of a material is right at ...
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Preferred blade/tool for 'Rip cuts' on LVP?

So I have a LOT of rips to make in this floor, installing 6 x 48" Durato "Luxury Vinyl Planking". The customer now wants it glued (separate issue). He also insists on keeping his new(...
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Faux stone on a bedroom wall is blocking the vent

We recently moved into our new home and we are redoing some things that were done by the previous owner. In the bedroom there is a wall that is covered with faux stones that average about 1 1/2 inches ...
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Hand saws to cut OSB type panels

I want to cut OSB panel on an old shed into pieces and they will go into garbage. I've searched for some advice regarding it and found out that a handsaw can be used for small amount of work. Please ...
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Why are there chips in tile glazing along one side of a cut?

I am using a table saw which I modified to cut 24" tiles by replacing the sliding bars with those of a Qep 24" slim line model. Update: The above is the Canadian model. Here is a video ...
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Can you cut electrical cables cleanly with an angle grinder?

I need to cut a very small damaged section of a welding machine grounding 16mm² cable to remake the connection, but I only have those smaller pliers which likely won't work for cutting it. I was ...
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Installing a patio door on top of a concrete border

I'm installing a 6' patio door in my garage that leads out to our back yard. Around the floor of the garage is a 6" poured concrete ledge/border that the walls are built on. My current plan is to ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

I have a clothesline that is made of 5-6 braided tiny steel wires that is coated with flexible plastic. I need to cut it to smaller segments, I tried using a cable cutter made of carbon steel but it ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

Whenever I use a hand saw, I find I keep subconsciously curving the cut, no matter how much I consciously try to compensate. In this example in photos, to get this cut straight I kept rotating the ...
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Do Autocutters for HVAC copper tubing exist?

I have an 1/2" HVAC copper tube I need to cut in a tight space. I see lots of 'autocutters' (the rounded cutting devices) for regular copper plumbing, which is measured by ID. Do these cutters ...
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Can I safely attach new fittings to an older PEX A line?

I have a 10yr old "PEX A" line (red, 1/2", "potable," "100PSI") running to my rear hose bib. I'd like to install a tee in this existing line and run a branch to the ...
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Does code allow cutting a hole in the back of an indoor breaker box?

We have an inside breaker box and want to install a dedicated line to an exterior outlet. In order to do that we are thinking to cut a hole in the back of the breaker box and another in the outside ...
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Cutting and defraying metal railing cable

I am new to installing railing metal cable. One problem that I encountered is that, when I cut the cable with a grinder, it leaves the end slightly wider than the cable and often frayed threads so ...
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Choosing the cutting length of a router bit

I'm trying to decide how long the cutting edge on a pattern router bit should be. I'm trimming a 2-by (1-1/2" actual) with a pattern / template on top, and I'm having a hard time finding a 1-1/2&...
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Tool to slice LED stripe lengthwise

For a light setup, I need to use a particular model of led stripes. Unfortunately, the stripe with the LED model I need has a width of 12mm (and is globally only available in that width), the mounting ...
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Can I cut out a 12" section of a footing to run new plumbing in a basement?

I am finishing my basement and need to run plumbing to the planned bathroom. To do so, I need to cut out a 12" section of a footing (can't go under it). The section in question is under a door ...
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Can I cut carpet tiles with a table saw?

I don't find any specific blades, however no explicit recommendation not to cut short pile carpet tiles with a table saw. That's however no base to assume that I should try it. For starters, I'm not ...
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Best tool to cut existing tile sidesplash to fit new range hood

Our new range hood doesn't sit square or flush with the wall because the new hood sits over some of the original tile (outlined in red). I plan to trace around the hood and remove a 5-inch wide by 1....
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How to measure and cut oddly shaped tile

I really like this tile my wife found, but I'm concerned about installation. I've tiled a good amount, but always rectangular tiles. How would one cut an odd shaped tile like this? Would I need to ...
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How to cut a concrete block without expensive tools?

I am building a wall from concrete retention wall bricks. I need to cut one brick in half so it can fit in the wall. The solutions here are too expensive, I only need to cut one brick. Is there any ...
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What can hand held metal circular saws not get through? [closed]

This is not per se a DYI question, but someone here might know this: If you have a standard hand-held metal circular saw, what materials can it either not get through - or would clog it up? Basically, ...
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

I have a large door frame that I want to break into smaller pieces so I can fit it into my car and take it to the dump. The frame is PVC, but has steel on the inside. I've been trying to avoid an ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

I recently built a stovetop cover or "noodle board" using a hardwood so it can be used as a cutting surface. I stained it with minwax gel stain and from what i understand it should be food ...
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What is the best way to break concrete under existing framing (2x4) to install plumbing?

In the picture below I have selected the drain pipe that I need to install How do I break the floor under that 2x4 used for framing? Fist I will have to cut it out but after that what do I use to cut ...
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How can I make precise, repeatable cuts in ABS plastic sheet?

I need to make a few fairly repeatable and accurate cuts out of a 12" x 12" x 1/8" piece of ABS plastic. I've tried sawing, scoring with exacto knife followed by breaking off, and of ...
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