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what kind of drill bits are these? Trying to drill through flat side of a fence T-Post

I'm trying to drill through 1/4" hard steel. the thicker bit went through relatively easily one time, but on the second go just spins. the thinner bit did not go far .. i think both need to be ...
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Which colored layer is the orignal brass and what is the other colored layer?

I restored antique brass door knobs and plates. This is what the brass looked like before restoration. This is what the brass looked like after restoration. The door knobs have a color mix of ...
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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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Are there any special considerations when cutting powder-coated metal?

I have a thin powder-coated steel sheet which I'd like to cut into panels. I've never cut powder-coated metal before. Are there any considerations I need to make when doing so?
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Grounding wire attached to ceiling lamp but canopy of light fixture not grounded, is this serious problem?

I've just installed a new metal pendant light. The light itself has a metal canopy and there is a metal bulb holder below, the two parts are connected via insulated wire. The light came with a ...
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Sand-blaster or angle-grinder to remove rust?

To remove the rust from my beloved barbecue pit, I am considering using an angle-grinder or renting a sand-blaster. Having never used either tool, there are several spots that look hard to reach with ...
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What could go wrong if I use my claw hammer as a cross peen hammer?

I'm trying to sharpen a scythe blade. I'm supposed to strike the edge to flatten it. I'm supposed to strike it with a cross peen hammer. But I don't have one. Can I use my claw hammer instead with no ...
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Metal turned dull grey in dishwasher?

I put a shiny coffee filter holder in dishwasher, and it turned dull grey. In the pic you can see the difference with filter cup, which retained silvery shine in the same dishwasher: The holder ...
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Are there screws made of materials that should not be exposed to heat, smoke or propane?

I've been assembling a propane barbeque grill that came in a box. It came with an exact variety and number of screws to be used in assembly. But it's actually missing one screw. I found an old screw ...
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Is EMT or PVC more durable under a porch that gets rain?

I have a 2nd story porch that I want to put lights under. I'm not sure whether EMT or PVC will be more durable in the long run. It will get both rain and some sun, and I'd like it to last a long ...
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How can I shorten a reciprocating saw blade?

This rather dated article recommends using a shortened reciprocating saw blade to punch through drywall. I have an old blade (intended to be used to cut wood, as far as I can tell) that I'm happy to ...
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What should the difference of inner to outer diameter of two pipes be to ensure one fits snugly within another? [closed]

One pipe is brass and the other is going to be made out of a hard plastic, probably acetal. I'm looking to be able to slide the acetal fitting over the the brass and have it snug enough so it doesn't ...
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How should I install metal corner trim on this slanted roof?

I've about got the metal on this tiny house and I'm having trouble figuring out how to install the corner trim at the top of the roof to make it look finished off. The roof is somewhere between a 3/12 ...
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Looking for a large pull-down hinge mechanism [closed]

I have a large skylight, and currently have a shelf installed in it for indoor seed-starting. I would like to turn it into a pull-down shelf. I have found a clever design for hinges that might work, ...
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Screw sequence for Wood Subfloor to Metal Joists

I’m building a second floor in my metal barn. 12’x24’Space, joists are 2”x6” Metal 16” on center & the sub-floor is 3/4” ply TnG using 1&1/4” self-tapping screws. My questions: What is ...
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Chrome touch ups?

I have several chromed items where small amounts of the chrome has chipped off, leaving bare metal showing. None of it is in prominent areas, so I just want to touch them up. I havent had luck with ...
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Can you screw roof metal directly to OSB between rafters?

I'm building a 14x16 tiny house and doing a metal roof. It's a slanted/skillion roof and the rafters are running down from the tall end to the lower end on 16" centers with no cross braces. I'm ...
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How can I grind a portion of the threads off a hex bolt?

I need to grind down the threads on a 4" hex head bolt while preserving 1 inch of threads closest to the head. I need to do 5 bolts this way. I'm thinking bolt in vise and then using a belt sander. ...
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Best way to paint Ikea metal brackets? [closed]

I'd like to paint in white my Ikea shelves's brackets (described thus: Aluminium, Nickel-plated, Clear acrylic lacquer). What would be the best (but hopefully cheap) route in terms of products I need ...
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What kind of screw should I use to affix plywood to a hollow metal door?

I need to affix a plywood frame (depth ~1.25 cm or so) to an office entrance door. The door is metallic, but not a solid metal block: it's hollow. The metal face of the door is about 2mm. This is the ...
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Best tool to cut 4mm thick straining wire

I need to cut several 1.5m hoops of 4mm thick galvanised steel wire. What's the best tool to do this at a decent pace?
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What's this metal thing in my wall where the studs should be, and how do I put a shelf on it?

I'm attempting to mount a shelving system (specifically, a Rubbermaid single-track adjustable shelf) to a wall and am running into something quite strange. Here's what I know: Studfinder appears to ...
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Can I leave one side of my metal frame dry half wall open for appliance ventilation?

I am installing an indoor metal frame half wall that will hold a countertop in a bar. The The wall is L shaped and anchored on concrete and against a wall at the top of the 'L'. The long part of the '...
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How to install door security guard on metal door jamb?

I bought a door security guard that looks like this The instruction coming with it says I need to drill a 1/8‘’hole first on the door jamb and put the screws in it, but I am not sure it would work ...
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Are watchmaker or mini lathes useful to make adapters and threaded rings for photography and optics tinkering?

Old watchmaker lathes, or very small lathes like the Proxxon FD150/e look affordable used, and not very space consuming either. Can these be used, by a non expert, to build aluminium parts like ...
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Round or half-round files sold by radius?

I'm trying to find a half or full-round file of a particular diameter, but it seems to be rarely mentioned (and when it has been, they've been much smaller than I'm looking for). Are they just not ...
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Mounting articulating Arm for TV (43”) to wall with metal studs

I’d like to mount an articulating arm for my 43” TV in my basement, however have metal studs unfortunately. The mount is made for a single stud install. Luckily I have access to the back side of the ...
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How to remove broken hinge which is stuck inside

There is a broken hinge which is stuck: To compare, a good hinge is removed easily like this: I tried to remove broken hinge with a hammer, however it is stuck very firmly. Is there any method to ...
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Crimping a plate border with metal

For a DIY development I need to crimp a metal border (anykind, the important is that it's conductive) to a plastic plate of ~1 mm wide and few cm length as shown in the picture. I guess it exists for ...
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Attaching a wheel to a metal rod (axle)?

I have a wheel (1/2 inch diameter) and a metal rod (1/2 inch diameter) [axle]. Currently, the wheel on the axle results in the wheel free-spinning. How could I attach the wheel to the axle? (The ...
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Sealing metal siding against window j/c channel?

We're going to use metal siding on our house. We're using a corrugated profile. Where the siding meets walls/corners/windows, it will run into a strip of C-channel (or J-channel). Visually, that ...
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How to properly drill new holes in metal door for installing new door hinges?

I need to replace some old door hinges and the current hinges only have 2 of the 4 holes drilled. I am installing 4x4 self closing hinges and want to have all the screws installed. Problem is I did a ...
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Ms Rack for batteries

I want to use 4 rectangular hollow ms pipes 40*25*2 mm. 25 mm vertical use. All 4 pipes will be equally spaced between a width of 490 mm. The length of pipes is 1390 mm, with these 4 pipes resting on ...
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Hanging things on metal studs

My house has metal studs (South Florida) and I cannot figure out how to easily get screws into the studs for hanging things such as curtains. I have tried the pilot hole approach with a titanium drill ...
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Are these corner brackets that hard-to-find? [closed]

I was searching for this a particular corner brace/bracket, but it seems that they are impossible to find. I couldn't them at home depot or at amazon. I'm not sure if they just don't exist or if I'm ...
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Does this bracket exist to hold two tiles together?

I don't think it's the best title, but I don't know what else to use. I have several of these large tiles, and I want to make a planter out of them. Is there a bracket (like the image below) that I ...
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Grounding metal electrical boxes

I would like confirmation on the following: Is any metal box automatically grounded if it is supplied by an armored cable (without a ground wire) that is properly connected to the box and back to the ...
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Stripped hole in furnace fan housing assembly

In the furnace blower housing, where the blower motor sits, the holes have gotten may be a little bigger. This is a thin piece of metal where the screw sits. But now my screw keeps rotating. On two ...
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How can I attach a kick down door stop to a hollow metal door?

I have a hollow-core metal door out to my car port, and it gets a lot of traffic. I'd like to add a kick-down door stop to the door. I think one option is to drill pilot holes and use self-tapping ...
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How to cut stainless steel sheet without burning it?

I need to cut out a small section of 1.5mm Stainless steel. Before, when I've made cuts I have used an angle grinder and its resulted in thr stainless becoming scorched/burnt and I can't remove it. ...
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How to repair large drywall section?

I had to remove a relatively large section of the drywall, approximately 24x24 inches. There are two metal studs at the sides. Should I try to cut out so both the existing and the new drywall will ...
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Tool for straightening a bent metal bar of the gate?

Someone's car hit our metal bar gate, so one of the rods is bent as shown in the photo. What kind of a tool can I use to bend this back, so it's straight? Thank you!
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How can I install a TV mount to metal studs?

I'm trying to mount a tv in the new apartment. I thought I found and marked the studs and drill holes, but when trying to drill though met resistance. I'm able to look into the wall a little because ...
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Found metal while drilling into a stud

I hired someone from Amazon Home Services to install a TV wall mount. As the person was drilling holes into studs, he found metal when drilling one of the holes. He wasn't really sure what he was ...
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Metal Studs - How they should be installed?

What is the way metal stud should be installed? Is there a reason they should be, a same way, as in upside down? And precut - holes line up.
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Sink top: spray gun lacquer or metal enamel?

I am thinking in mounting a washbasin into a 3mm steel plate. The plate will be painted in a Klein Blue. Considering that it will get wet and that there won't be too much ventilation in the room... ...
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What metal is most suitable for a ladder submerged in an underground water tank?

I need a ladder in my underground water tank at home, to enable easy access for cleaning and maintenance operations. The water from the underground tank is used for drinking, apart from other ...
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Am I hitting metal studs?

Novice here. I'm trying to install a swing arm lamp in the corner of two walls, one of which is an exterior wall. The magnetic stud finder I have indicated that there's a stud on the interior side of ...
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Options for sealing hot rolled (mild) steel with a matte finish?

I'm building a book shelf using 1.5" angle iron made from hot rolled steel as the frame. It's my understanding that this steel will rust even if left indoors. While I like the raw, industrial look of ...
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What primer for bare wood stairs with nails showing

I'm painting the stairs going down to my basement that previously had carpet. After removing the carpet, they are like bare, new wood. Unfortunately, the treads were nailed with common nails (not ...

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