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What type of electrical boxes can I use on small metal studs

I am having trouble knowing what type of electrical boxes to use on smaller metal studs. I recently purchased a new construction that has an unfinished walk out basement. On the three sides of the ...
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Matching and painting metal garage door

I'm replacing a garage door, but need to match the color of the new door to the other, older garage doors on the property. The new door's style (but not color, the new door's color is white) is ...
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can use 1 5/8 25ga metal studs to hang 5/8 drywall

I came across free 1 5/8 metal studs 25ga. Can I frame out my basement using them and attach 5/8 inch lightweight drywall to them. The ceiling height is from 7-9 feet and some of the walls will end ...
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I was installing a TV mount in a new office on a partition wall and ran into some issues

After I got the measurements of the mount brackets to mark the holes and marked, I then used my stud finder, found some, marked them and made some pilot holes. It quickly became clear the newly added ...
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How to reattach flashing to the fascia board on a gable?

This piece fell from the front of our house and I need to get up there to nail it back into place. I do okay on ladders just not sure if my idea will work: Fully extend the extension ladder and have a ...
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Caster wheel inserts and tube failiure on bar cart

recently received a new bar cart as a gift, and assembled and loaded it up. Unfortunately as I was pushing it along my carpet the tubes the inserts were in bent and the inserts fell out. How should I ...
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can isopropyl alcohol dissolve powder coat?

I have new outdoor furniture that is metal frame & wooden body. The metal frame is painted black, using powder coat I think. I was applying wood protector on the wood parts, and it stained the ...
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Drilling hole through layered wood and metal

I want to drill a hole (about 12mm diameter) through the floor of a shipping container. From the inside of the container, the wooden (probably plywood) floor is visible, and from the outside there is ...
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Remove clutch shoe stuck on electric starter

Below is an image of the situation I am trying to resolve. What you can see is the following: The black triangly shape is the rest of the clutch shoe assembly of a centrifugal clutch. It is pressed ...
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What is this Titus metal part called?

I found this metal piece with the brand name Titus. What is it called and what is it for?
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Non-toxic paint to mark metal cutlery [closed]

In my office, we have a lot of private cutlery brought from home. Over time it magically disappears so I have bought new sets several times. Is there a paint (preferably in a pen) that can be used to ...
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Sealing the base of a metal-sided building built on a slab

The store we own is old. The original building is 100+ years - but the problem we're facing today is a stick-frame metal-sided addition (lean-to, 3 sides attached to the original building). This large ...
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How to join two metal bars?

I have a phone/tablet support that is made of two bars of maleable aluminium. It was joined with a plastic cover that broke. How can I join the two bars again? Maybe there is some kind of device like ...
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Drywall to metal building

I have a metal building that I would like to ac and drywall. The walls are of course metal and double depth tube. My concern is about moisture and dead load to the wall. My original idea is to use ...
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How to restore satin/brushed finish on brass

Trying to restore this piece of plumbing I bought and accidentally scratched. In the image below you can see one of the original scratches at the bottom. I did some research online and found that the ...
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What to do when drilling into steel has no effect? [closed]

I read a few online articles on drilling into metals. The advice is mostly the same: Predrill a smaller hole. Drill slowly — low rpm. No need for fancy equipment — any drill bit specialized for metal ...
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Bent Metal on Light Fixture

I recently bought a light fixture with a bent frame. Any ideas on how to bend the metal back to original shape without causing damage or discoloration to the metal?
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Any idea what happened to this door and advice on how to paint it?

How would you paint this metal door and metal window jamb/trim? I have no idea what was done to the door! Here are photos of the door: And of the window jamb: Gallery link: https://imgur.com/a/...
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Mounting gym equipment to drywall frames with metal studs

I have recently mounted a folding squat rack to dry wall framed with metal studs. Following another thread I mounted 2 2x6 horizontally across the length of the wall and attached to each stud with ...
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Door strike opening on hollow metal door frame is tool small for new strike. Is there any way to fix it?

I have hollow metal door frames and decided to paint the doors and get new door handles but the new strike is too small for the opening and so are the screws. What can I do? I don’t have the old ...
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Are snap toggles a good way to mount a TV to metal studs? [duplicate]

We have metal studs. The mount we purchased weighs about 6kg and is a single stud mount with 20" articulating arm. TV is a thin 55" LG TV ~19kg so about 25kg/55lbs all in. Was thinking about ...
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Why did this aluminum bar 'splash' when I tried to drill a hole?

I need to make a couple of 3mm holes in this 0.75" 6063-T52 Aluminum Square Bar. I grabbed a 3mm drill bit, and consulted this chart. My drill press only goes up to 3200, so I set it to that ...
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How can I remove paint and rust from a metal 1950s cabinet?

I have a 50s metal medical cabinet that I would like to restore. I don't have access to a stripping tank so what would be the best way to remove old paint and rust. I'd love to get it back to metal ...
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Keep bugs out of laser-cut panel?

In order to hide the electrical boxes, I want to put a vertical divider between my grill & my house, and because of the grill it needs to be heat-tolerant, so I'm building a wall out of metal ...
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Hanging on metal studs

I want to add shelves and storage to my closet. The idea was to install battens along the wall and then lay the shelves on top. I only have thin metal studs to work with. On the left wall I only have ...
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What material to make a custom sewer trap access pit lid from?

Just had my sewer line redone in my basement and when they poured in the concrete it created a trapezoidal shape and the dimensions are not standard. This is similar to covering a sump pit in the ...
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Hitting metal when hanging curtains

I am hitting metal about an inch from the ceiling. I went back to the photos/videos of when they were doing construction and there seems to be a long metal piece (about 2 ft) running horizontally ...
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Shelf Bracket Identification?

Can anyone please help me identify the name of this bracket so that I can order more for my metal cupboard? Thanks!
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what to do with metal box with no grounding screw?

I have an outlet in the age that appeared to be from 1960s. I decided to replace it with a GFCI receptacle after getting charging issues with EV. After opening the outlet up, it appears that the ...
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Repair scratched metal shelf

We have a shelf with some metal scratches on it. Are there any recommendations for repairing the damage below to make it less of an eyesore?
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Cleaning metal after stripping paint

I have stripped the paint off my mailbox, which is probably some kind of steel, using KleanStrip. However, as you can see, there is still residue. What should I use to clean it? I am hesitant to use ...
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Smoothing and flatten the metal edge

I have a rangehood ceiling duct cover that is too long for my use so I trimed it with cirular saw. The finished edges look rough after cutting(picture attached). There are minor dent all around the ...
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Moving the opening into my kitchen, with plaster and expanding metal lath

I would like to move the entryway into my kitchen over about 10 inches. The wall is plaster with metal lath and metal studs. No wood at all. I am wondering how to frame the new entryway. What ...
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How to fill in the gap between a door and a metal door frame

There is a small gap in between my apartment's front door and the door frame. I was told by an exterminator that small roaches may be able to fit through the gap to get inside, and it seems that may ...
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Replacing shower diverter pin

I have a 1985 house with a no-visible-brand faucet in a very inaccessible space (I’d love to bust it out and replace everything, but that’s beyond my time and money budget right now, and possibly ...
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Will this construction bend?

I'm planning to build a computer setup where it's possible to work while lying down (e.g. in bed). However, I don't know if the construction which holds the monitor will bend due to the weight of the ...
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How to repair candelabra?

I'm looking for advice on the best way to repair a candelabra made from either wrought iron or mild steel similar to the one in the photo below. It is made up of several parts either welded or ...
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What type of black metal can be used as furniture hardware?

I want to build a liquor shelf similar to this: I've seen metal piping and flanges like this at my local big box store, and it usually comes in two flavors: galvanized steel or black iron pipe. The ...
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Should old openings in a plywood roof deck be closed before installing steel?

My metal roofer removed all 14 old vents and installed two new "Maximum ventilators" in its place. The remaining 12 holes are still there and not sealed and i can see the underside of the ...
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Are There Any Dremel Cutting Wheels That Actually Cut Steel?

Recently,I was using my prized, vintage Dremel Moto Tool (model no. 2) in an attempt to sever a 1/8” diameter steel screw. I was using Dremel’s S-99 steel cutting wheel. Thinking that the cutting ...
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What is the best way to attach wood studs to existing steel studs?

I'm facing this problem in a friends apartment in MA. His studs are 24 on center which met code requirements when it was built. I had planned to go with a piece of half inch ply, but it seems 3/4 is ...
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Grind 1/8" - 1/16" off 12" zinc plated bar

I'm fixing a broken rib on a patio umbrella. I have a 1/2" square zinc-plated steel rod I'd like to insert in the broken rib. The rib itself is a 1/2" hollow square, so I need to grind the ...
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How to remedy railing swollen with rust

I noticed that a metal porch railing looks swollen with rust. Do I need to cut that piece out and have someone weld a repair or is it ok to leave as is? Should I put rust stop on it? Since it’s ...
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Undercut Metal Door Jambs

I am installing floating floors in a 1970s condo where the door frames are metal. Side jambs are right against the concrete subfloor with no gaps. I tried an oscillating tool with Bosch carbide-...
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Top/clear coat for painted metal

I'm currently working on a little DIY project to repaint the metal outer case from an old IBM PC that unfortunately sat in an attic for 20 years and rust got the better of it. The case is heavy-duty ...
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What's the name of a heavy duty square cap plate I can order from home depot to support a temporary lally column on a bottle jack

I'm thinking of using a 4x4 and a bottle jack to lift a loose joist in my basement and wondering what I should use as a top plate on top of the bottle jack and between the 4x4. Thinking a small piece ...
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How can I drill through small thin hardened steel wrenches?

I have a couple wrenches that came with my mini air powered die grinder. I want to put a hole into the top so that I can attach a wire or string so I don't lose them. I used a punch to put a dimple ...
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How can I reduce the size of a bore in steel to accommodate screw threads?

I want to somehow get an M5 insert into a 7.5mm diameter hole in solid steel. (The hole has already been drilled with 7.5mm DeWalt cobalt-tipped drill bit.) Is there such a thing as a threaded insert ...
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What can I use to create a "chair rail effect" for my outdoor privacy fence to separate the two different materials?

This is a question on improving the aesthetic of my outdoor space. I did an extension panel on my cinderblock fence to help improve privacy and I'm very happy with the look. I used shade fabric that ...
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Multiple bulb pendant lamp, grounding wire for metal fixture

Hypothetically speaking, if a person is adding a ground wire to a 3 prong plug in pendant fixture with multiple bulbs in parallel and the body of the pendant is metal, does there need to be a ground ...
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