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How do I optimally cut a bolt to length?

Once in a while I need a bolt of exactly the right length and it is not one of the lengths available in stores. So I get a longer bolt and cut it to length. Here's the procedure I follow. I screw one ...
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What tool should I use to cut metal roofing?

I'm getting ready to install metal roofing on my building project. Wee! But I'm not sure how I should cut it. The roof is a simple gable, 20ft long, with 8ft rafters. The roofing I'm using is 3ft ...
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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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Why is it so difficult to cut through cast iron?

Recently, I was observing someone cut through a cast iron pipe and a cast iron radiator and even using a very powerful reciprocating saw, the cut was very slow. I have also previously had discussions ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I need to change the wax ring on my toilet. The closet bolts that hold it in place are rusted so I need to cut them in order to remove the nuts. I thought of trying bolt cutters. The bolt cutters I ...
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Best tool & method for cutting steel tubes (table legs)?

I have a table that I want to cut the hollow steel legs down to coffee table height. These are the table legs I have: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70217973/ What's the best tool and ...
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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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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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Where can I purchase a block of aluminium? [closed]

I'm need a 5" x 5" x 1" block of aluminium. Is this something I can buy online and are there different types of aluminum to consider? Will I have to buy a bigger piece and cut the aluminum down to my ...
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How do I get this rusted screw out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I remove a really stuck screw? I have to return my license plates to DMV by Friday (they expire!), and am finding it next-to-impossible to get them off my car! First I ...
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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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Cutting structural steel

I have a few 8-9m lengths of 200x100 rectangular hollow section (5mm) and 150x150 equal angle (10mm) sitting outside. These are to be used to maintain the strength of a brick wall which is having ...
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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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What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?

I need to add a bunch of soffit vents to my eves, and I have (decorative?) metal siding such as in the picture. I need to do this quickly in the next few weeks before winter. What's the best way to ...
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Which cutting style aviation snips do I choose if I have to choose just one?

Aviation shears (aka compound-action snips or tin snips) come in three cutting styles - straight cutting, left cutting and right cutting. I plan to work with roofing corrugated steel and have no idea ...
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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 can I safely cut this pipe with an angle grinder?

I have a two inch cast iron pipe w/cup coming up from a concrete floor. There used to be a connection at the cup for a sink drain. That piece was broken by my handy man and subsequently removed by ...
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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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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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What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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What kind of saw should I use for cutting thin metal?

A rather strange issue has occurred where I moved into a house and there was a lot of junk, the majority of which turns out to be useful, but there is a big set of blinds encased in a 2 meter unit ...
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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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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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What is the best tool to grind down a smaller metal rod?

I am building this workbench and I have decided to recess the nut and washer inside the top of the bench, so that I won't cut/scape myself while I'm leaning up against it. Now my issue is that the ...
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Why would angle grinder cutting wheels of the same diameter have different thickness?

Cutting wheels for the same diameter angle grinder can have different thickness. For example, 125 millimeters wheels can be 0,8 or 1,0 or 1,2 or 2,5 or 3,0 millimeters thick. I've tried several ...
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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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How should I cut these speaker stands down to size?

Any recommends on what tool I should use and how I can go about not ruining the finish? Here's a close up of the top: And here's the finished product - thanks for all the help! I used a pipe cutter ...
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Can I count on being able to cut galvanized pipe to size?

I am planning a shelving project that will use galvanized pipes. I am still designing the shelf and am wondering if I can plan on using whatever length pipe that I need (because they are straight-...
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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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DIY machinist drilling problem

I have a metal part of a bandsaw that had a machine screw head break off. I drilled a hole and used an extraction bit and it also broke off. Due to poorly executed attempts to drill again (so I can ...
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High or low speed for Dremel cut-off wheels?

When using a cut-off wheel for a Dremel or similar tool, should I be running the Dremel at high speed (high RPMs) or low? I don't know that the application matters, but I'm cutting a bunch of bolts. ...
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Best Snippers For Exposed Nail Tips

I had a company put a torch roof over my patio and the installer used some nails that were a little too long so I have (30) 1/4" long tips visible through the wood from my patio underneath, so I'...
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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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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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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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How to drill Stainless Steel?

I'm doing a Half-pipe / skate ramp. I have to drill holes in a stainless tube but I wasn't able to with HSS Drill tips last night (I've followed youtube video tutorials). The stainless tube is this ...
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Cheap power tools for large number of cuts of aluminium profile lengths

I need to make some 200 cuts of aluminium profiles. Examples of what I'll be cutting: Hollow box profile, 40mm x 40mm x 3mm: 40 pieces of 400mm lengths 12 pieces of 1500mm lengths Hollow box ...
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How to remove a sheet metal screw from the threaded end

I'm trying to remove the metal box that holds a bathroom exhaust fan into the ceiling. I've got all the wood screws out but there are 2 sheet metal screws that appear to connect the box to the duct ...
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How to remove the top foot of inground pool wall?

I have decided to fill in my inground pool next spring, and am doing some upfront planning. My understanding of the "anatomy" of an inground pool wall is this: So as you can see, the concrete patio ...
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Will big box home supply stores cut Zinc-Plated Slotted Angle pieces to size for customers?

Will big box home supply stores cut Zinc-Plated Slotted Angle pieces to size for customers? Things like The shortest they sell at my local home depot is 5 feet, but from one piece, should they be ...
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How can I cut a bolt off flush with concrete in a corner?

I've got the top of an old rusty bolt sticking out the ground in a corner (see image) I've tried flattening it with a heavy hammer. Can't get a hacksaw in there. Suggestions for leveling that bolt to ...
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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 cut off an old swing to get rid of it

I need to dispose of an old swing in my yard. Problem is some screws are so rusty they can't be unscrewed and the whole swing wont's pass the door. Is there any simple way to cut this thing into a ...
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How to cut aluminium chequer plate (with a jigsaw)?

I have a nice sheet aly I bought for my project. It is 2.5~mm chequer plate that needs to be cut into 7 pieces (straight across the sheet, no curves needed), and I tried to cut it with a metal blade ...
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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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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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How do I cleanly cut threaded stainless .24" rods?

I have tried hack saw, manual bolt cutters, plasma cutter - all of which mess up the thread and make it tough to get the nut on. What's the best tool for this? Ideally something under $50 or ...
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What material is this toilet water supply line?

Photos of my toilet water supply line, which is the part below the valve: Without Flash [ With Flash Based on the appearance, it only fits the description of galvanized iron (which is apparently the ...
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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 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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