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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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What are these very heavy blocks found on my family's property?

I need help identifying these blocks found on my family's property, which was a 17th century farm house in Virginia. The blocks are 8.75" long, 4.5" wide, and 5" high and weigh 58 lbs.
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DIY question: spray-paint steel balls evenly

A DIY-hobby question rather than home improvement. I need to paint a bunch of steel balls (1/4-1/3" dia) but I can't get even coverage. I thought shaking/rolling the balls around in a small ...
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What material can I put along a sharp, thin metal edge?

I have some sharp aluminum sheet metal, about as thin as a sheet of paper. I need to put something on the edge to protect other items from being cut by the edge. This could be a piece of rubber that ...
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Problem installing rivnuts into aluminum skin and steel tubing

I have an enclosed cargo trailer. I need to install some rivnuts in the roof beams from the outside of the trailer. The aluminum skin of the trailer is attached to the steel tubing framework using ...
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How to repair this broken lamp harp?

This lamp harp is welded to the lamp so cannot be easily replaced. The screw for the shade was welded on and broke off. Any suggestions for how to repair? I've tried various glues with poor ...
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How do I remove this metal grating-type thing from a coffee table?

I want to remove this lower part of my coffee table so I can sit down and put my legs under the table. How do I remove it cleanly? (I'm a home improvement newb, I have basic power tools but never ...
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Metal Running Horizontally Through Center of 2x4 Bracing?

I am trying to drill a wider hole through horizontal bracing in our wall in order to run some low voltage wire. Using a flexible installer bit, am able to get about 1/2 way through what I think is a ...
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How to attach rebar to a sheet of metal?

I need to use some rebar, driven into the ground, to support a metal sheet: ______________________________________________________________ | ...
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How can I fit an opener for a rollup door into my metal shed?

I had a metal shop built and I would like to add a garage door opener for the roll-up doors but because of limited room between the top of the roll-up door and the roof, I am not sure if one will fit. ...
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Refinishing options for metal sink drainplug?

The drain-plug in the sink of my bathroom vanity is made of a plastic base with a metal top (brass by the looks of it) that is chrome plated. The chrome-plating developed some scratches which turned ...
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Most affordable way to create a "T" connection between two pieces of EMT galvanized metal conduit for creating shade panels

I started a thread about extending the height of my fence to create more privacy. That thread is here: Inexpensive ideas to extend the height of my fence cinderblock wall outdoors I am going the route ...
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Is it normal for drill bits to slip in a keyless chuck when binding in metal?

I'm trying to drill some 5-10mm holes in 1-1.5mm thick steel. I'm using a DeWalt DCD777 18V cordless drill with Bosch HSS bits (which claim they're made for drilling into metal). Both the drill and ...
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How do I straighten my bent metal cupboard frame?

I bought a full metal cupboard but the leg got bent during delivery. Because the leg is bent the door won't close. I tried to get it back in place with a hammer with no success. Anybody got any ideas?
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Is an ethernet cable threaded inside a metal conduit is more protected from electromagnetic interference? [closed]

I am at the end of a renovation, and only now  I discovered that it is not recommended to run ethernet cable in parallel and closely to power cables, even if they are in separate conduits, but I may ...
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What is this stake in my yard and can I remove it?

My child has been swinging in our front yard (NC, US) and worn away the grass, revealing this metallic stake (* See photo, note the acorn top for scale*): I gently tried to pull it up, but it is ...

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