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What is the stainless steel baseboard in a walk-in cooler/freezer?

Trying to identify this base molding that I want to match in a walk-in cooler at a supermarket. It is missing from a few sections of the cooler and needs to be installed. Is this anything special, ...
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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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Cutting and sanding/buffing galvanized steel

I have 3/4" galvanized steel bars (hollow) that I bought from Lowes. I'm looking for a tool that will cut through them and sand/polish the cut surfaces smooth so that there are no metal burs or ...
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Replace Metal A/C grille on PTAC cabinet

I'm not sure if 'grille' is the right word. The A/C cover for my PTAC has a long metal, well, grille, that at one end has a hinge that allows opening of the grille for access to the PTAC controls. ...
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Rudimentary tools (and process) for reshaping a small piece of steel?

Hello all and thanks in advance for reading. I have an old craftsman woodchipper, with small breaker plates that the blades have to fit between when spinning. A blade bent, smashed into 2 of the ...
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Joining shafts to resist twisting force [closed]

I need to join two round metal shafts in such a way as to effectively transfer torque between them. I'm not able to add very much external linkage, just a coupling cuff around the joint to force them ...
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Metal doors “ready for paint” - prime or not prime

Just installed fire-rated interior doors (per code). The label on them notes "Ready for paint - no priming required". The outside of the doors is just bare & smooth sheet metal from what I see (no ...
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Why is there 4 inches of metal at on each side of this column?

I have a column in my kitchen. As far as I can tell this is a decorative column, and doesn't contain anything structural -- I live in a high rise, it really cannot contain anything structural. Yet, ...
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How to fasten rotating pieces without self-tightening (or loosening)? [closed]

I'm trying to make a "slider crank" mechanism for cheap out of 1/4" x 1.5" aluminum, where all the movement is in the xy-plane (parallel to the ground). Total linear movement is ~6 inches. Not my ...
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Renovating a Metal Shower

I have a metal shower that is rusting in the corners. Replacing the shower will be too much money and a hassle (the bathroom is really small, and replacing the shower will mean removing the sink and ...
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How to handle the Stainless Steel cable? [closed]

First, I would like to what is the best tools to cut a Stainless Steel cable? Second, I would like to know how to install this kind of lock in the stainless stell cable? Thanks.
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What kind of metal is safe for DIY BBQ repair?

The flame deflectors in the propane BBQ are rusted to bits. They sit an inch or two above the flames. For making new ones, I know to not use any galvanized or painted sheet metal. What kind of sheet ...
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Identification of parts needed for bar shelf replication [closed]

At a local bar, they have an impressive display of industrial-looking shelves for displaying all of the booze, as shown below. I'm looking to figure out what kinds of parts/materials I would need to ...
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Can I rehang a door in a metal-clad frame?

I have a metal door frame with wood door, it's actually thin layer of metal over wood on the door frame. I need to rehang the door from opening inward (right to left) to opening outward right to left. ...
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How to drill a 0.75" hole in metal

I'm trying to drill a 0.75" hole in a metal pole. I got a 0.75" drill bit from Home Depot (DEWALT 3/4 in. Black Oxide Reduced Shank Drill Bit) that I was told is appropriate for metal. I used a punch ...
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Metal cutting using electric drill [closed]

Requirement: Cutting of iron and steel rods; TMT rebars; solid/hollow; max diameter 2 cm. Steps taken: I am using special circular saw blades(Ferrous metal cutting) to be fitted to a regular 10mm(0-...
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Installing a deadbolt lock on a metal door & metal frame

I live in an apartment where the front door and its frame are both metal and hollow inside. I didn't have trouble installing a deadbolt lock with one of the doors because you could remove the strike ...
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basement framing with metal Studs Best way to fasten them to the floor

I'm planning on framing my basement with metal stud (2-1/2" x 10' 25-Gauge Drywall Interior Metal Stud). I have XPS foam 2" attached directly to the concrete wall. I plan to leave a 1/2"-1" air gap ...
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Building a log store, strength of low load bearing coach bolts?

I am building a log store to enable me to season wood and the idea is that it is large enough to hold three years worth of wood (this isn't our main source of heat). I am sourcing hardware from ...
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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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How to paint over epoxy-polyester?

I have a few IKEA pieces which have not worn well, and I want to repair them. For example, I have a Smedsta chair for which I want to exchange the cushon and repaint the metal frame. As far as I can ...
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Installing TV on metal studs

So I tried installing my new Samsung 55" inch LED above the fireplace on an articulating mount (about 45 pounds on the TV) and found metal studs. I decided to open up the wall and install 2x4 wood ...
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Mount LED Batten light to allow Rotational Direction change at various positions/ angles up & down using Hinge type mechanism?

I've got this LED batten light to replace old Tube lights. It's pretty light in weight and is full electrical fixture in itself, not needing electrical fixtures like before. It simply mounts on 2 ...
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Metal Porch Ceiling

My client wants to install old tin on their porch ceiling. This porch roof is on the West face of the house, receiving unfiltered afternoon sun in south Mississippi. My concern is that without ...
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glueing 18 gauge s/s sheets to aluminum honeycomb backing [closed]

I am involved in a project that requires gluing 18 gauge s/s sheets to 3/4" aluminum honeycomb panels. what is the best contact adhesive to use that will withstand outside elements? ( extreme cold and ...
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How to remove metal pipe stuck in ground that is filled with concrete at bottom

I have a metal pipe sticking out the ground that an old tv antenna was attached to many years ago. How should I go about cutting it off where it doesn't show show up above ground? Pipe is around 4 ...
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Installing metal roof over shingled roof using wooden slats

I went out to walk dog with flash light after dark,I noticed where the roofers put 2 by 4 slats to screw metal roof to,is visible.I can see every slat placement.Roof is brick red and of course not ...
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Somewhat off-topic question about replacing glass top with something same thickness but less brittle. This is for a 49” x 69” vacuum press.

I have a cold-mount vacuum press which is basically a flexible mat bottom and a glass top that closes around material and then a vacuum pump sucks the air out, pulling the flexible bottom up against ...
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Soldering Table Legs?

Would it be ok to solder,brass or hard metal, to make table legs? Or Would the joint not be able to hold much weight?
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How to restore hollow metal door?

I have a dumb waiter in my apartment with a metal door approximately 2ft x 1.5ft, 1" thick but hollow, it appears to be made of 1/16" steel. The door is sligtly beat up, minor dents but nothing major. ...
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metal looking ball dust in attic, dangerous?

I was installing insulation in our attic. On the beams, there was this metal looking ball dust. Any clue what it is? Was exposed to by breathing it breifly, then skin contact for a few hours. I have ...
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How to Stop Squeaking of a Lofted Bed

The bed in question is a Viv Rae Nadia. I assembled the bed, put the mattress on, and stored several things on the included shelves. Any sort of movement makes a squeaking noise through some parts of ...
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Name for a partially-circular metal clasp that fits into an indentation in a tube

What's the name of the "circle" that the arrow points to? In the picture is the end of a barbell. That thing that arrow points to is put onto the tube. The tube has a "dent" where that circle fits. ...
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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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How to remove metal film deposited on glass light fixture covers

After several iterations of "replace the long-life CFL" every so many weeks/months, I've got a wonderful amount of silvering on the inside of the glass fixture covers. It would seem that every other ...
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Smallest (laser) holes in hardware stores for eclipse viewing [closed]

Needless to say: this is a question that can best be answered by the crowd in the group, who are regular shoppers at hardware stores. I'd like to view and show the upcoming solar eclipse. I do not ...
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Is galvanized steel totally incompatible with cedar, even when only touching on the surface?

I'm building a cedar picket fence attached to 2 3/8" chain link fence style galvanized steel posts using galvanized post brackets like these. I know that there are a lot of material incompatibility ...
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How can I repair the rust penetration in my air compressor?

I have a compressor that I use for pumping my bike, and now a hole came out of nowhere in the tank. See picture. And some orange powder also came out of it. Question Does there exist glue or similar ...
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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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Can drill replace reciprocal saw?

I need to cut some metal fence, and I don't have a reciprocal saw. I've included a picture of the fence to give you an idea of its thickness. Essentially, I'll be cutting the rail off the post. The ...
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Pole barn home issue

my house started as a pole barn that I had framed up inside. The slab is 14 feet wider than my house to create full length porches, so the metal on the outside walls just rests on top of the slab. ...
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Maximize fence post distance for wooden fence?

We are putting a new wooden fence around our yard. We would like to run it quite close to an existing mature tree, but putting a post too close to the tree will seriously jeopardize its health. Our ...
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Accidentally left grill grates outside during the winter and rust built up. Tried to search online and ask at Lowe's, but didn't find a good solution. What worked for you?
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Metal protectant for engine parts?

I had a lawn tractor engine freeze up, and I pulled the head to fix the problem. While I had it apart, I put several parts into my ultrasonic parts washer to try to remove the caked on dry grease. ...
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What is the most important thing to look for when buying a used trailer frame?

I'm planning to build a camper. Saw some used trailer frames on craigslist. I'm concerned that I might buy a frame that I won't be able to use.
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Removing metal apliques from wood bed frame

we just bought a second hand bed that has a metal apliques in the head frame (hope I'm saying it right) that we'd like to get rid of. It looks like it's glued in. Is it safe to use something like a ...
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How to connect steel posts to build a shelf unit?

The posts or conduit needs to be galvanized as I'm using this for growing herbs. Im not sure if I would have to get this welded or if theres a simpler way to put something like this together. (...
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cover up flaking antique bronze plating on curtain rod

We have metal curtain rods that are antique bronze colored and some of the plating is flaking off. Is there a way to cover up the flaking? I"m thinking maybe something like this? Or maybe some sort of ...
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Best Practices for Metal Roof Directly on Existing Shingled Roof?

I'm preparing to re-roof my home. The current roof is shingled and I have recently repaired a few leaking spots. I've taken a look at a few options and I have a few concerns regarding code and ...
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How to use rivnut? [closed]

I came across this funny things called rivnut. In what case would you use these ? I can think of a few ideas but maybe there are typical usage. For those new to this, see this Youtube video showing ...