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what did I drill into in my ceiling? is it ok?

https://ibb.co/dtzXXWC https://ibb.co/fQdjNJh I wanted to hang something from my ceiling. I thought I was all that with my stud finder. Turns out I am not. It went in fairly easily so I am guessing a ...
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drill into concrete wall first holes in my life

I live in a new building in Germany (2022 year). I have a hammer drill + concrete bits + metal detector. I have 2 drawings of my room (it is the same room). I wanna drill to orange and green areas. ...
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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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How can I improve the appearance of a metal bannister where welds are missing?

My wife and I just bought our first home together and I suspect I'll be seeking this community's collective wisdom pretty frequently. We have one interior staircase and the previous owners installed a ...
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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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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

I hit metal while drilling a hole next to a window. The identical house next to mine is at the pre-drywall stage, so I took a picture of the window area. I suspect the thing I'm hitting is called a ...
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metal looking ball dust in attic, dangerous?

I was installing insulation in our attic. On the beams, there was this metal looking ball dust. Any clue what it is? Was exposed to by breathing it breifly, then skin contact for a few hours. I have ...
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Drill bits for metal work? Why cant I seem to find ones that last?

Looking for some recommendations on drill bits for use with metal. I have a decent Drill Press that has a 500-3100RPM range, I use oil, etc. I’ve been trying to drill 3/8” holes in T-Bar Fence posts/...
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How to secure wrought iron gate

I have a wrought iron garden gate at the front of my property which grants access to the back of my property via the side of the property. I was burgled last week (fortunately they didn't get ...
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Fire door from indoors (the house) to garage does not fit the jamb properly. Sometimes it's very difficult to close the door as it hits the threshold

This old fire door and frame does not fit properly. The metal door sometimes hits the threshold at the bottom and will not close. I have to put shims under the threshold outside to lower the inside of ...
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tips for dealing with metal studs? [closed]

I'm working on setting up a small little basement shop in our rented townhouse. The basement was finished with metal studs and they've been an absolute pita to accurately locate. I built a work bench ...
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Gate Hinge Replacement

I have just moved in to a house with a back gate that has a metal frame. The hinges are the pin type with one half welded to the metal frame and one half screwed into a wooden post. The bottom hinge ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

I have been concerned on cracks in my concrete basement floor. Home is 15 years old and always had one crack in the floor leading from the walkout basement door to about the center of the basement. ...
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How can I make self-tapping sheet metal screws go into metal studs more easily?

I am framing metal stud walls to hang drywall in my basement. When using self-tapping sheet metal screws to secure the metal studs to the top and bottom stud tracks, it seems like the screws often try ...
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Can I clean stucco smears off aluminum with muriatic acid?

I have an aluminum wall cap for a range hood fan that has some stucco smears on it from doing masonry work in the vicinity. I tried mechanically scraping but it doesn't go. I was wondering if I used ...
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What screw should be used to secure plywood blocking into metal studs?

I’m opening a wall to add some 3/4 plywood blocking. Something similar to this picture. What screw should I use considering I’m going from metal to wood? Something that is rust resistant and strong ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall? [closed]

My condo is in an 8-story concrete and steel building, built mid-80’s in Massachusetts. My ceiling is 1/2” drywall screwed into 2-3/4” x 7/8” steel studs (Joists? Furring strips?). Those are hung with ...
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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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Making a custom drill bit out of steel epoxy putty?

I have a unique situation that calls for a custom drill bit which I decided to make out of JB Weld Steel Stick, a metal epoxy putty. I am curious whether this is an appropriate use of the material ...
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Prime and Painting Bare Radiator Covers - Sandblasted Bare Metal

What are some reasonable primer and paint for bare metal radiator covers? I had them sandblasted so they are bare metal. In the past I once painted a cast iron radiator with Rust-Oleum Clean Metal ...
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Building an 8'x8' metal climbing wall frame

I am trying to build a climbing wall out of 4 plywood panels 4'x4' each in a grid pattern. I'm comfortable building such a wall with either 6 pieces of 2x6 joists or 8 pieces of 2x4 joists running up ...
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Will wood posts or metal post spikes last longer?

My gardener wants to set 4x4" treated wooden posts in the ground to support a 6' high wooden fence. To stop rot and make it easier to change posts, would it be OK to concrete metal post spikes ...
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will any glue bond 2 long, bendable metal components

I am trying to create stiffness on an 8-foot length of 1/4" acrylic, with minimal visual footprint. I hit on an 8-foot aluminum U-shaped channel (slips right over top of the acrylic), but it wasn't ...
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Marking out metal tubing

I have some 2m long aluminium tubes of 15mm and 20mm outside diameter. 50 mm from the end of each tube I need to drill a hole to take a bolt and the two holes should line up along the length of the ...
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How should I add insulation to a metal shed?

I'm making a metal shed for sleeping in and working in. I think I'm going to do some slight 2x4 framing on the inside to be able to add some fiberglass insulation then drywall over that. Should I add ...
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Can I cut a wall anchor so it will fit in the drilled hole without sticking out

I drilled a hole into my drywall and hit a metal stud. I don't have a drill bit for metal. I have 5/16" plastic wall anchors that will hold 85 lbs in drywall. Can I cut the plastic anchor so it's ...
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How to protect wheelbarrow from rust while still working on it

TLDR: How do I protect metal projects from rusting when they take more than a day to finish? I’m restoring our old wheelbarrow. Stripping all the metal parts clean, filling holes, primer, paint, top ...
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How to install a deadbolt in a tight space?

Renting a home and trying to replace the deadbolt on the back door. However, the space where the lock slides in is very small and I can’t get the sliding piece into the door - the circled area is ...
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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I am wanting to add a permanent electronic temperature sensor to a brass rough-in shower valve. For this particular rough-in valve, I can thread a thermowell into the outlet that is normally used for ...
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Umbrella Base Rusting Concrete

I have a cantilever umbrella which has a metal base (an x). To hold the umbrella and the x metal base we’ve used the plastic umbrella base, which comes with 4 blocks that are filled with water. But ...
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Some ideas on how to block a wheel on a metallic rod?

I manage somehow to put some old inline roller wheel to some old trolleys I use in my house for shopping (and trekking). The average weight is about 20-30 kg. I am looking for a way to fix those ...
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Using metal roofing for ceiling

My outside porch has a plywood ceiling. Can I put metal directly over the plywood? I live in the southeast.
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Fastening wood sheathing to metal rafter structure

I have a garage that has a metal frame holding the slate shingle roof. As it's way past its best days, I'd like to have a new roof installed. Almost all is clear, but I have no idea how to fix the ...
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Grounding metal electrical boxes [closed]

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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Installing floating mantel on metal studs

We got our fireplace tiled recently and bought a floating mantel shelf. It is a 5 foot long mantel shelf that weighs 15-20 pounds. It is hollow and is 4” tall. There are only metal studs available to ...
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Which primer and paint for metal roof home in Maine?

Having a lot of problems researching painting my steel roof here in Maine. I've had the paint folks at Home Depot and Lowes and Sherwing Williams all give me contradicting advice...LOL The roof is ...
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Scythe blade warped while peening [closed]

I warped my blade while peening it. Several reasons could be the cause : it was my first time peening a scythe that scythe had never been peened, while used for decades, thus a lot of peening was ...
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Provide another example in which a metal appliance can become energized besides the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of the appliance

A dangerous situation where no ground path is available is typically cited as the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of an appliance and thus energizing it and potentially shocking or ...
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A removeable adhesive, that sticks to metal to metal or metal to plastic, any suggestions? [closed]

I have a problem where I want to remove a pressed metal part, to be more specific the brake arm of a SRAM S7. I would like to make a hollow cup like jig, where I put a thread inside to pull out the ...
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Electrical outlet smells like metal

What should I do if one of my electrical outlets smell like metal. At first I thought it was my surge protector, but I unplugged that. Now I found out its the outlet. I'm scared. I hope it's not ...
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Is there any cost-effective fix for this damaged bathtub drain plug, or should I just find a new one?

The coating on this popup toggle bathtub drain is damaged, exposing the plastic inside and I guess there's some oxidized metal there. It works fine though, so could I clean it up and re-coat it ...
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How to remove stuck patio umbrella stand

I have a patio umbrella that fits into a metal tube that is part of a patio end table. The umbrella pole, when it was inserted, was an extremely tight fit, there was no wiggle room once it was ...
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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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How to Stop Metal Squeak on Kinetic Sculpture [closed]

I have a kinetic sculpture in my front yard that's basically just a pretty weathervane. The top moving part has a tube on the bottom that slips over the pole in the ground. When the top part moves ...
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How do I fix a broken scaffolding flip lock?

I have 5'x5' steel scaffolding and two of the flip locks are broken. On one of them, the stub and pin are intact with just the flip part gone, and the other one has the end of the stub broken off. Is ...
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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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replacing roof screw

My Metal roof is 20 years old and a roofer told me to replace the screws with a bigger size. how do I determine my screw size? roof screws seem to have their own standards #10, #12, #14, #16... what ...
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How do I free a window grill exit from a fire escape railing?

Someone somehow got one of my window grill exits stuck behind a metal railing on the fire escape. I can't close the window grill because the area circled in yellow is stuck behind the railing. This ...
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Rigidly joining two angles separated by 1"

I need to attach a 3/4" wide, 1/8" thick steel angle to a perpindicular 1" wide, 1/8" thick steel angle as depicted. The angles should be rigidly joined so that a force of about ...
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Bent chainlink gate

I had a tree fall on my chainlink gate and I'm looking for a smart way to fix it without replacing the whole gate. The hinges on the gate still work but as you can see in the picture there is a huge ...

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