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What is the purpose of this metal piece on my closet door and is it OK to remove it?

I have a wide closet with two segmented doors and there's a mating pair of these things screwed onto the edges. (Mating pair as in the other one has the part that sticks out on the bottom instead of ...
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what did I drill into in my ceiling? is it ok?

https://ibb.co/dtzXXWC https://ibb.co/fQdjNJh I wanted to hang something from my ceiling. I thought I was all that with my stud finder. Turns out I am not. It went in fairly easily so I am guessing a ...
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drill into concrete wall first holes in my life

I live in a new building in Germany (2022 year). I have a hammer drill + concrete bits + metal detector. I have 2 drawings of my room (it is the same room). I wanna drill to orange and green areas. ...
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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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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

I hit metal while drilling a hole next to a window. The identical house next to mine is at the pre-drywall stage, so I took a picture of the window area. I suspect the thing I'm hitting is called a ...
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Drill bits for metal work? Why cant I seem to find ones that last?

Looking for some recommendations on drill bits for use with metal. I have a decent Drill Press that has a 500-3100RPM range, I use oil, etc. I’ve been trying to drill 3/8” holes in T-Bar Fence posts/...
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How can I improve the appearance of a metal bannister where welds are missing?

My wife and I just bought our first home together and I suspect I'll be seeking this community's collective wisdom pretty frequently. We have one interior staircase and the previous owners installed a ...
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How to secure wrought iron gate

I have a wrought iron garden gate at the front of my property which grants access to the back of my property via the side of the property. I was burgled last week (fortunately they didn't get ...
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Fire door from indoors (the house) to garage does not fit the jamb properly. Sometimes it's very difficult to close the door as it hits the threshold

This old fire door and frame does not fit properly. The metal door sometimes hits the threshold at the bottom and will not close. I have to put shims under the threshold outside to lower the inside of ...
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tips for dealing with metal studs? [closed]

I'm working on setting up a small little basement shop in our rented townhouse. The basement was finished with metal studs and they've been an absolute pita to accurately locate. I built a work bench ...
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Gate Hinge Replacement

I have just moved in to a house with a back gate that has a metal frame. The hinges are the pin type with one half welded to the metal frame and one half screwed into a wooden post. The bottom hinge ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

I have been concerned on cracks in my concrete basement floor. Home is 15 years old and always had one crack in the floor leading from the walkout basement door to about the center of the basement. ...
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Can I clean stucco smears off aluminum with muriatic acid?

I have an aluminum wall cap for a range hood fan that has some stucco smears on it from doing masonry work in the vicinity. I tried mechanically scraping but it doesn't go. I was wondering if I used ...
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What screw should be used to secure plywood blocking into metal studs?

I’m opening a wall to add some 3/4 plywood blocking. Something similar to this picture. What screw should I use considering I’m going from metal to wood? Something that is rust resistant and strong ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall? [closed]

My condo is in an 8-story concrete and steel building, built mid-80’s in Massachusetts. My ceiling is 1/2” drywall screwed into 2-3/4” x 7/8” steel studs (Joists? Furring strips?). Those are hung with ...
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Making a custom drill bit out of steel epoxy putty?

I have a unique situation that calls for a custom drill bit which I decided to make out of JB Weld Steel Stick, a metal epoxy putty. I am curious whether this is an appropriate use of the material ...
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Prime and Painting Bare Radiator Covers - Sandblasted Bare Metal

What are some reasonable primer and paint for bare metal radiator covers? I had them sandblasted so they are bare metal. In the past I once painted a cast iron radiator with Rust-Oleum Clean Metal ...
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Building an 8'x8' metal climbing wall frame

I am trying to build a climbing wall out of 4 plywood panels 4'x4' each in a grid pattern. I'm comfortable building such a wall with either 6 pieces of 2x6 joists or 8 pieces of 2x4 joists running up ...
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Marking out metal tubing

I have some 2m long aluminium tubes of 15mm and 20mm outside diameter. 50 mm from the end of each tube I need to drill a hole to take a bolt and the two holes should line up along the length of the ...
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How should I add insulation to a metal shed?

I'm making a metal shed for sleeping in and working in. I think I'm going to do some slight 2x4 framing on the inside to be able to add some fiberglass insulation then drywall over that. Should I add ...
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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 to protect wheelbarrow from rust while still working on it

TLDR: How do I protect metal projects from rusting when they take more than a day to finish? I’m restoring our old wheelbarrow. Stripping all the metal parts clean, filling holes, primer, paint, top ...
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How to install a deadbolt in a tight space?

Renting a home and trying to replace the deadbolt on the back door. However, the space where the lock slides in is very small and I can’t get the sliding piece into the door - the circled area is ...
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Umbrella Base Rusting Concrete

I have a cantilever umbrella which has a metal base (an x). To hold the umbrella and the x metal base we’ve used the plastic umbrella base, which comes with 4 blocks that are filled with water. But ...
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Using metal roofing for ceiling

My outside porch has a plywood ceiling. Can I put metal directly over the plywood? I live in the southeast.
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Fastening wood sheathing to metal rafter structure

I have a garage that has a metal frame holding the slate shingle roof. As it's way past its best days, I'd like to have a new roof installed. Almost all is clear, but I have no idea how to fix the ...
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Installing floating mantel on metal studs

We got our fireplace tiled recently and bought a floating mantel shelf. It is a 5 foot long mantel shelf that weighs 15-20 pounds. It is hollow and is 4” tall. There are only metal studs available to ...
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Which primer and paint for metal roof home in Maine?

Having a lot of problems researching painting my steel roof here in Maine. I've had the paint folks at Home Depot and Lowes and Sherwing Williams all give me contradicting advice...LOL The roof is ...
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Scythe blade warped while peening [closed]

I warped my blade while peening it. Several reasons could be the cause : it was my first time peening a scythe that scythe had never been peened, while used for decades, thus a lot of peening was ...
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Provide another example in which a metal appliance can become energized besides the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of the appliance

A dangerous situation where no ground path is available is typically cited as the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of an appliance and thus energizing it and potentially shocking or ...
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A removeable adhesive, that sticks to metal to metal or metal to plastic, any suggestions? [closed]

I have a problem where I want to remove a pressed metal part, to be more specific the brake arm of a SRAM S7. I would like to make a hollow cup like jig, where I put a thread inside to pull out the ...
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Electrical outlet smells like metal

What should I do if one of my electrical outlets smell like metal. At first I thought it was my surge protector, but I unplugged that. Now I found out its the outlet. I'm scared. I hope it's not ...
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Is there any cost-effective fix for this damaged bathtub drain plug, or should I just find a new one?

The coating on this popup toggle bathtub drain is damaged, exposing the plastic inside and I guess there's some oxidized metal there. It works fine though, so could I clean it up and re-coat it ...
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How to Stop Metal Squeak on Kinetic Sculpture [closed]

I have a kinetic sculpture in my front yard that's basically just a pretty weathervane. The top moving part has a tube on the bottom that slips over the pole in the ground. When the top part moves ...
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How do I fix a broken scaffolding flip lock?

I have 5'x5' steel scaffolding and two of the flip locks are broken. On one of them, the stub and pin are intact with just the flip part gone, and the other one has the end of the stub broken off. Is ...
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Rigidly joining two angles separated by 1"

I need to attach a 3/4" wide, 1/8" thick steel angle to a perpindicular 1" wide, 1/8" thick steel angle as depicted. The angles should be rigidly joined so that a force of about ...
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Bent chainlink gate

I had a tree fall on my chainlink gate and I'm looking for a smart way to fix it without replacing the whole gate. The hinges on the gate still work but as you can see in the picture there is a huge ...
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Attach wheels to hollow metal table legs

I want to attach some wheels to a small table. It has a metal frame. The foot of the frame is just a square metal legs of 20mmx20mm with a little plastic cap on each of the 4 legs. Taking the cap off ...
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How do I free a window grill exit from a fire escape railing?

Someone somehow got one of my window grill exits stuck behind a metal railing on the fire escape. I can't close the window grill because the area circled in yellow is stuck behind the railing. This ...
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How to remove stuck patio umbrella stand

I have a patio umbrella that fits into a metal tube that is part of a patio end table. The umbrella pole, when it was inserted, was an extremely tight fit, there was no wiggle room once it was ...
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Connect washer drain lines to metal pipe

How do I best connect my drain lines to make the rubber-pvc and pvc-metal transitions water tight? I've got a washer and drawer washer combo with a drain line for each. There's no vent pipe to the ...
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Framing on top of a half brick wall

I am designing a greenhouse and would like to create a 3ft brick wall, with metal framing on top where I can install various windows. I have included a picture of the general structure I am trying to ...
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How to remove welded metal hinges from gate?

I DIY'd a terrarium for my gerbils and found the perfect material to use for the lid- a fireplace gate from the thrift shop ($5!!). The only issue is that I just need one of the doors and I can't get ...
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Should I drill through the metal plate in my wall? [closed]

At home in my apartment, I was drilling into the top part of my wall to install a wall-mounted curtain rod. I needed to mount it in 4 different areas of the wall, so I opted to install the first and ...
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How (not) to treat the surface of a precision ruler?

I made the mistake of leaving my Starrett ruler in a damp, cold workshop and develop a small patch of rust. To compound this mistake, I decided to dip it in rust-remover. As you can see, I turned my ...
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Adding beams to an office desk to increase support [closed]

I have an old office desk which has this design, only colour is different: I wish that I augment the design my adding support to this design. The discussion is how to add the support and not if ...
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Can I connect a plastic p-trap to metal pipes?

This is the current situation...(this is a an old cask iron slop sink that came with the house.) There was a leak and we thought it was the p-trap...so we decided to get a PVC one. The other pipes ...
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Will wood posts or metal post spikes last longer?

My gardener wants to set 4x4" treated wooden posts in the ground to support a 6' high wooden fence. To stop rot and make it easier to change posts, would it be OK to concrete metal post spikes ...
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How to connect self made wooden structure to metal bike frame [closed]

I have a bike with an extended frame in the back, being able to accommodate two small children. For this back section of the bike, I built a custom rain cover, for which I constructed a simple wooden ...
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Load bearing or non load bearing wall

I want to get rid of a closet wall. It's odd shaped, so figured we open the room up. It's on the 2nd floor, no basement. The 1st floor doesn't have a wall under it. How can I tell whether this wall is ...
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