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Cap thick metal pipe from bathroom radiator

Have this very old radiator. Need to remove it completely. Supply pipes have not been in use for many years, so needs to be capped. Is it possible to do it myself, what tools? Or need a heavier tool ...
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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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Advice on how to cut through this 2mm thick steel vertical rail?

I have vertical rails for shelving that I want to trim down for my low ceilings. Would the cheapest rotary tool suffice for this purpose? I have a few other questions as well: What kind of blade ...
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How to tidy up and reinforce a hole drilled in a sleeper [closed]

I've just drilled a 28mm hole through a sleeper to put through a water irrigation pipe. Now I would like to somehow make it tidy and hopefully also prevent the edges of the hole. I was thinking a ...
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Do I stack steel fencing sheets to cut them?

I'm doing a Colorbond™ steel panel fence and need to cut the sheets in half (across the corrugation). I will use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade and tape the shoe to reduce scratches. ...
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How to cut metal garage door arm?

I have a garage door and straight metal arm passes beyond the curved arm. The door of my new car's trunk is too high and I need to cut the end. I do not know what kind of metal it is but I want to cut ...
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Cut 30” circle from 3/16” steel plate using portable bandsaw

I have a 31” x 31” x 3/16” mild steel plate. I want to cut a 30” circle from the the plate. Purpose: The plate/disc will be the base of a custom charcoal barbecue/raised fire pit. I’ve seen various ...
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Cutting protruding nails between roof and angled ceiling

I'd like to insulate ceiling under the small attic-like part of the house. The problem is, that from the inside, long nails have been driven through the wood planks of the ceiling, protruding into the ...
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Best way to cut a nice 9mm by 5mm slot in 2mm thick aluminium? [closed]

I need to make slots in some aluminium enclosures to accommodate a USB socket like the one shown here. The USB socket is moulded into a 8.9mm by 4.4mm rectangle which protrudes from the rest of the ...
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End caps for standing seam metal roof

I've installed a standing seam metal roof as shown below: Any ideas how I can approach the seam terminations shown above? Here's a top view detail of one standing seam termination, showing where I've ...
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Drilling a cross hole through SS screw hex head

I am trying to drill a 3mm cross hole through the head of a 18-8 stainless steel hex head screw . I am using a hand drill with a 3mm drill bit made of Titanium-Nitride (TiN) Coated High-Speed Steel. ...
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Can a freestanding pool's poles be cut to accommodate sloped concrete?

We have a "Bestway 24' x 12' x 52" Power Steel Frame Above Ground Rectangular Swimming Pool". We placed it on a slab and it is slanted away from the house. Can the pool's poles be cut ...
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Can diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods?

As the question is self explanatory, I want to know can I diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods? I have a 7" diamond blade (circular) but I cannot find the manufacturer's recommendations on ...
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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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What's the best way to cut a circular porthole window into the sheet metal of a van?

I want to cut a 12" diameter circle into the side of my van to install a window. My current plan is cut it by taking a sufficiently sized drill bit, drilling a hole near the inside edge of the ...
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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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Abrasive cutoff saw cuts skew in the vertical

I've been using an abrasive cutoff saw to cut square tubing. The square tubing is 2.5mm thick and about 3cm wide. The abrasive saw is not cutting straight vertically, is this a problem with the tool ...
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Drilling holes in towel hanger hardware

I'm trying to hang a towel hanger, but with my own anchors. I'm struggling to drill a hole in the steel hardware that gets bolted to the wall: I'm using a hand drill, running at about 450rpm. I've ...
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Cutting copper sheets with a Dremel

I need to cut 0.2mm thick copper sheets. I do not want to use a nibbler or snips because I need to prevent the sheet from being bent as it is cut. I want to use a Dremel 2050-N/ 11JA Pen-type Rotary ...
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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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What type of cutting disc should I use for cutting steel rods?

I am building a 3D printer and I have bought steel rods which I'm going to have to cut to size. I have already got a rotary tool at home which works. I have only ever used it to cut wood however, so ...
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

I have a large door frame that I want to break into smaller pieces so I can fit it into my car and take it to the dump. The frame is PVC, but has steel on the inside. I've been trying to avoid an ...
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What tool(s) are appropriate for cutting a door opening in shipping container?

I'm thinking about buying a shipping container to use it for storage/bike shed/workshop. I can get one from a retailer with an extra door, but this would be rather expensive. So now I'm investigating ...
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Cutting carbon-steel sheet with a sliding grinder

I am new to metalworking and I want to cut some 2mm carbon-steel sheet using my grinder and proper disk. My points are: I can not afford to buy a plasma for awhile I want to slice pieces of 800 x ...
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Reduce 8mm square tube to 7mm square tube without pro metal tools?

Old swedish windows have 7mm square tubes for handles. All handles of the design I want are 8mm so I want to make them smaller. I have access to a carpentry with very good tools for woodworking, (...
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How can I cut a hole through metal siding to open up a doorway or window?

There is an outbuilding on the property I'm buying that appears to be made of cinderblock. at some point in the recent past, it looks like somebody attached a bunch of metal siding to the outside, and ...
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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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Does a small bolt cutter exist which tensions with a wrench?

Does anyone know if there a bolt cutter which tensions using a wrench? The closet I can find is a nut splitter, but it is not really intended for cutting... Update I need to cut iron rods (I would ...
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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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How to cut pipe squarely using an angle grinder

I am trying to build a simple bench using wood and steel for the frame. The frame is made of square steel tube (25 mm, 1.5 mm wall thickness) which has to be cut to length. I have recently purchased ...
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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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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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How to cut many shallow grooves on the side of a square aluminium tube?

I would like to craft a slatted ventilation panel/grill like this: The frame will be made of square aluminium tubes (25 mm side, 3 mm thick). The slanting panes will be cut of 4 mm thick aluminium ...
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How to cut round hole in aluminum soffit after installation

Related question After having our roof re-configured and larger overhangs added, I noticed that the contractor placed the bathroom exhaust vent that used to go out the side wall just under the eaves ...
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Saw metal conduit even with the floor?

I need to remove this metal conduit or at least bring it even with the floor. I don't need to worry about preserving the wires inside the conduit. I only have a little hacksaw, but I'm open to buying ...
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Circular vs Miter Saw Blade difference?

Why do manufactures distinguish whether a blade is for a circular saw or miter saw? Is there difference that I'm not seeing? One of the reasons I'm asking this is that I'm determining the safest way ...
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Install deadbolt in steel door and door jamb

I'm installing a deadbolt to a steel door. There is only a sheet of metal and it is hollow (empty inside). I also need to drill the hole in the door jamb (frame of the door) so the bolt can go inside ...
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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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When cutting nails with dremel, can sparks be dangerous?

I'm preparing the ceiling in my basement for painting, which means cutting off a ton of nails from the flooring above. I started cutting using my Dremel with the reinforced cutting wheel, but it would ...
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Could my grinder cut a 3mm steel plate

I am thinking in building a circular washbasin mounted into a 3mm steel plate. To do it, I need to cut a circle on the plate. I don't have much, just a cheap 1250w grinder and the discs that came with ...
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How to unfasten electrical subpanel attached with ramset

I'm getting ready to frame out a wall in my basement that has an electrical subpanel. I would like to move the panel out an inch or so, so I can frame around it and it will be flush with the finished ...
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How to cut a door wrapped in sheet metal

In my kitchen I have a dumb waiter; the door is 1" thick solid wood wrapped in 1/16" sheet metal. I removed the old door knob (that's the hole in the photo) to make room for a flush pull. I need to ...
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Cutting a stainless tube - without a grinder [closed]

I've got to cut a section of rectangular stainless tube (1/8" thick, 3" x 3", or about 3mm, 7x7cm) but I'm not allowed to use a grinder because of local rules. A circular saw with a grinding blade is ...
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How can I cut extremely heavy cast iron?

I want to cut up a large piece of cast iron (think storm drain cover) with thicknesses greater than 1". What would be the cheapest way to accomplish this? It doesn't have to be a fast method. Could ...
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How can I cut off steel clothes line poles? [duplicate]

What would be the best way to cut a old clothes line pipe? Believe it is steel not sure It is very sturdy and old.
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How can I cut metal roofing and siding into pieces during demolition?

I'm tearing down an old single wide. What is an easy way of cutting the siding (aluminum) and roof (corrugated steel) into manageable pieces.
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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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What tool can I use to cut this heavy wire?

I recently had a 40 ft blue spruce tree removed from my front yard. I dug a hole in that area to put a new tree but noticed there is a solid metal wire inside of this hole. Maybe this wire was the ...
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How do I mount a power strip to the smooth metal support structure of a banquet table?

I bought a heavy-duty power strip from Walmart which I would like to mount to the metal support structure of a banquet table. This is the power strip: https://www.walmart.com/ip/49557487 This is the ...
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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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