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Mounting articulating Arm for TV (43”) to wall with metal studs

I’d like to mount an articulating arm for my 43” TV in my basement, however have metal studs unfortunately. The mount is made for a single stud install. Luckily I have access to the back side of the ...
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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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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 to drill steel with large bit outside the drill press

I need to drill a 12 mm hole in a steel piece 5mm thick, but the whole piece doesn't fit on my drill press. Can this be done anyhow? In my previous experience drilling holes this big with a hand ...
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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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Mount LED Batten light to allow Rotational Direction change at various positions/ angles up & down using Hinge type mechanism?

I've got this LED batten light to replace old Tube lights. It's pretty light in weight and is full electrical fixture in itself, not needing electrical fixtures like before. It simply mounts on 2 ...
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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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Grounding metal electrical boxes

I would like confirmation on the following: Is any metal box automatically grounded if it is supplied by an armored cable (without a ground wire) that is properly connected to the box and back to the ...
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push in / snap in panel spring clip edge fastener? help finding product or name

I've seen them many times before but can't seem to find the an image, name or product. You know the clip on your houses circuit breaker panel door that keeps the door closed. It's a little metal ...
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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 to fix BBQ: re-insert metal cylinder that came off partially

I have a Barbecook BBQ where the bottom part became partially detached. The metal cylinder is supposed to be inside the bottom plate, but one side came out. There is no glue or welding involved. The ...
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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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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 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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Bending horizontal bars of Iron fence

We have a metal fence in front of the house and it has very strong iron rods both vertically and horizontally. The issue is with the horizontal iron rod as its bend and also its vending on the other ...
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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 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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How do I stick a plastic clock hand to a metal spindle?

I'm trying to stick a very delicate plastic second hand, salvaged from a clock, to the metal spindle of a stepper motor. I have tried a couple of types of epoxy, pictured (and left for the entire cure ...
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Are there screws made of materials that should not be exposed to heat, smoke or propane?

I've been assembling a propane barbeque grill that came in a box. It came with an exact variety and number of screws to be used in assembly. But it's actually missing one screw. I found an old screw ...
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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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Can this storm door be repaired

Update: Unfortunately Chamberdoor does not sell hinges even though it's pretty simple to replace them. They do sell the Z Bar but with shipping it's almost $100. These hinges were not sold at either ...
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hanging 140 lb on wall with metal studs

I am finishing my basement and have metal studs on the perimeter (just in case of any moisture penetration. Planning on hanging an 85", 140 lb flat panel on the wall. The drywall is not up yet, so ...
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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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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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How should I install metal corner trim on this slanted roof?

I've about got the metal on this tiny house and I'm having trouble figuring out how to install the corner trim at the top of the roof to make it look finished off. The roof is somewhere between a 3/12 ...
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Is it possible to mount a 50" 30 lb. TV on one metal stud and one corner angle?

I have a slightly complicated TV mount job that I’d like to get your help on: The wall has one metal stud and one metal corner / L angle. These are spaced ~15" apart. I’d like to use a pivoting ...
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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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How can I attach a draft seal/excluder to a garage door

I believe my question is "how do I drill a steel plate so I can screw something to it" As per a few of my other posts, I'm trying to reduce the gap between my garage door and floor. The ...
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Tool for straightening a bent metal bar of the gate?

Someone's car hit our metal bar gate, so one of the rods is bent as shown in the photo. What kind of a tool can I use to bend this back, so it's straight? Thank you!
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Attaching metal studwork to a drywall (not the other way around!)

So I'm about to put a metal stud partition wall into my utility room which is a converted garage itself. The existing walls are plasterboard (I think this is called drywall in the states..) the South ...
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How to remove metal pipe stuck in ground that is filled with concrete at bottom

I have a metal pipe sticking out the ground that an old tv antenna was attached to many years ago. How should I go about cutting it off where it doesn't show show up above ground? Pipe is around 4 ...
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Is this a job for a crowbar?

My home has these on all the basement windows. As a result, there's a significant hazard in case of fire. From the pictures, are these just held in place by beefy nails. Would a crowbar be the way to ...
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Metal glue that cures in coldish weather?

We have Pella glass storm doors that have been nothing but trouble since we bought them several years ago. The handles connect to each other (through the metal door frame) via a bolt thats in the ...
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What can hand held metal circular saws not get through? [closed]

This is not per se a DYI question, but someone here might know this: If you have a standard hand-held metal circular saw, what materials can it either not get through - or would clog it up? Basically, ...
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Metal object encountered when drilling into wall above radiator

I was drilling through the wall (above the radiator, but not above any pipes or sockets) and hit something metal. I have drilled a tiny hole in that metal plate. It's not copper, looks silver. What ...
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How to create detachable pull-up bars in my lawn?

All the references, questions, and videos I see are related to fixed pull up bars. However, it looks bad in the garden to always have a pull up bar all the time and my other family members will not ...
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Round or half-round files sold by radius?

I'm trying to find a half or full-round file of a particular diameter, but it seems to be rarely mentioned (and when it has been, they've been much smaller than I'm looking for). Are they just not ...
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Locking a metal gate with a deadbolt

I'm having a metal fence custom-made that will have a regular (pedestrian) gate as well as a double gate for vehicles. I'd like to install deadbolts on both gates for better security than other ...
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What is this kind of bracket called?

I would ideally like this buy the below bracket, but I can't find any reseller. Searching for angle bracket oval adjustable hole doesn't give anything similar, so I am guessing this kind of bracket ...
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Metal tubes stuck together: drilled a hole in one. How to get leverage?

I have an aluminum bicycle seat tube stuck in a steel frame. I have been using penetrating oils and heat and hammering and such to loosen the corrosion. Now I drilled a hole in the seat post, and can ...
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Estimated strength of U-profile shelf standards?

I would like to make a table, which is only supported by 4 of these U-profiles. Two on each end will be screwed in a brick wall. The shop doesn't have any specs on the U-profiles. Question Assuming I ...
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How to replace threaded metal shower drain?

After removing a leaking shower base in a house built in the 1980s, I ran into this threaded metal sewer end with what appears to be plastic inside. I was able to un-thread the old metal shower drain ...
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How can I install a TV mount to metal studs?

I'm trying to mount a tv in the new apartment. I thought I found and marked the studs and drill holes, but when trying to drill though met resistance. I'm able to look into the wall a little because ...

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