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What is this metal rail in the basement ceiling

What is this metal rail in my basement and can I hang my 80 lbs punching bag on it? Thank you.
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Protecting metal shed from rain

My parents brought a large (6*40)metal storage container many years ago. They live in warm weather ( San Diego) but it does rain on occasion on the container leaked. My dad and brother tried numerous ...
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Correcting bad band saw cuts on an aluminum bar

I am trying to make a rigid aluminum box with a top for use in a 20 ton arbor press (I do not plan to subject the box to 20 tons but it may see 4-5) to press glass fret in. I salvaged some 3/8 inch ...
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When drilling metal, should I start with a smaller bit before using a larger bit?

From this site, it mentions In other words, most professionals will start with smaller metal drill bits and work up using metal drill bits of various sizes until the hole is the desired diameter. ...
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Help naming a piece

I'm sorry for being vague and not using the right words, that's the actual issue, not knowing the right words. In the process of building a simple adjustable height shelf inside a box using four ...
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How should I bond two pieces of metal without a welder?

I'm unable to access a welder at the moment as advised by my doctor but I'm needing to weld a couple of pieces of metal together for my grand daughter's birthday gift. It needs to be quite strong, ...
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best way to secure metal strip between tiles and wooden floor?

We have a metal strip between our bathroom and hallway, which have tiles & wooden flooring. It keeps dislocating from where it is supposed to fit. What's the best way to secure it? Please see the ...
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How to trim an exterior door to fit new flooring

I am putting in new hardwood flooring and the level of my floor was raised a good 1.5". As a result I had to cut all my door and jambs, which was fine for the interior doors. I naively took the saw to ...
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What type of aluminium to use for decorative trim?

I am looking to add some 1/2" strips of metal to a new fireplace surround (to be made out of MDF and red oak) as an accent. I thought that aluminium sheet would be good for this since it is easily ...
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Pneumatic screen door closer screws have loosened

The screws that hold the pneumatic opener/closer to the screen door are loosing up and soon will fail. The holes in the aluminum door are stressed and enlarging. How can I fix? Should I drill thru ...
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Strain relief for cable into metal box - clamp ok?

I am having trouble fining a strain relief clamp to cover the hole into a metal canister (the canister for a heating unit). Is it ok to use an NM cable clamp - the kind you use around the hole going ...
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Bending brass sheets

I would like to bend a long edge (about 500mm) of a brass sheet (either 0.5mm or 1mm) into a U-shape. I understand that brass is best bent warm. Is this achievable at home (without large machines)? ...
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Welder display flickering [closed]

Just bought a 2nd hand welder. Boc smootharc 185 tig. After stick welding for a while (haven't got argon to tig yet) I go to shut off the unit and the display flashes a few times before it dies off. ...
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What to use to clear paint a few pieces of brass?

I want to paint a few pieces of brass, with some kind of clear paint/primer. Removing the pieces and spray painting would be tedious, so I am looking for an option where a brush would be used. I've ...
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Grounding an industrial pipe fitting lamp, which wire to use?

I'm working on creating an industrial lamp using black metal pipe fittings. Since this pipe is all metal it should be properly grounded. I'm looking around for 16/3 or 18/3 lamp cord, but finding it ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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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 fix a minor scratch on a dyed aluminum anodized surface?

I have a home appliance with a green anodized aluminum case (like apple macbooks and older iPods). There is a minor scratch that is pretty easy to miss, but once I see it I can't unsee it. My main ...
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How do I fix my melted stove top?

I was boiling water and turned the setting to highest, left it for less than five minutes and the next thing that happened our electricity fluctuated and our burner was on (a small) fire. I had to ...
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Fire pit inner ring. Purposes and can I make my own from a barrel cut out?

I've seen metal rings for fire pits advertised for around 100 dollars on various sites, more or less, and I was wondering what the advantages of having one are? I think one is heat distribution to ...
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Remove Paint from outdoor metal sill of Main Door

So I guess when the door was painted 10 years ago, paint might of spilled on the metal sill? I'm not sure if that is the correct word for it. But I've taken a picture of it for reference. I've ...
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Interior Platform Steel Tube Framing?

I'm building a platform 22.5-23.5" high in a space 88" by 62-64", supports on three side but one free span side for a bed to slide out - the long side, of course. Because of height/width restrictions, ...
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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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Mounting TV on metal studs?

The wall contains metal studs 24 inch apart. On a previous TV, I installed an articulating TV mount (80lbs total with mount) on two metal studs with 4 snap toggles (that's 2 snap toggles per metal ...
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Cutting wire/cable in close quarters

I need to cut some steel wire/cable (the type that's a bunch of little wires twisted together--not sure the technical term for it). The wire is maybe a bit more than 1/16in in diameter. The access ...
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Vacuum belt sliding off of rotator [closed]

I have an upright vacuum cleaner with rotating brushes at the intake. What rotates them is a belt that is rotated by a small rotating divot-looking thing. The belt is always falling off of that divot....
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What to do with metal frame for clothesline?

I've bought a house that has these metal pipes which were used for a clothesline in generations past. The house also came with a washer and dryer. I will probably rent or sell the house in 1 - 3 ...
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Damaged Microwave? Plate with metal ring placed inside for 5 seconds

I was attempting to warm up some food recently and completely didn't notice that there was a small/thin ring of metal running around a plate I own. So I put the plate in the microwave to warm up food ...
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Name of plastic piece

Where can I buy this plastic piece? Here is another pic: I need it to place it between these two metal rods so that the curtain will slide easier: Now I don't need this exact same piece but ...
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Up and over garage door transformation

This up and over door is working properly, but I would like to make the house more accessible. This door is a bit heavy and you have to work against gravity to open in entirely. My idea was to cut ...
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Drilling/screwing into exterior metal door?

I am wondering about drilling/screwing into an exterior metal door. I want to install a dart board & back board onto the back of my exterior door that leads into the garage. My worries are as ...
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Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling

Background Condo/Apt building (28? floors) Built 1993 Seattle, WA Wall facing neighbor's wall Need to drill into stud to mount Murphy bed. I drilled into same area that were used for the old Murphy ...
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How to drill a 3/4" or larger hole in a steel bracket?

I purchased a wheel set and the bracket has a hole drilled in the wrong place. I need to make the hole larger. Will a titanium bit (like the link below) drill thru a 1/8" or 3/16" steel bracket? If ...
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Metal door/ wood screws

The condo board just replaced my old wood door, with a sheet metal door. both having windows. I need to hang blinds and the kit does not have metal screws. Will my blinds be secure enough if I drill ...
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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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What can I use as a concrete release agent for aluminum forms?

If I need to use aluminum sheeting as form for pouring concrete or another cement product, such as mortar/stucco, is there something (chemical) I can coat the sheet metal with so the cement doesn't ...
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How to rip out inground pool's steel walls?

Planning a major house project for next spring. My wife and I decided to fill in our inground pool. Previous owners built it, but not sure when (could be anywhere from late 1970s to early 2000s, ...
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Does cold galvanizing compound restore the rust protection of a galvanized duct?

The house is a ranch built on slab on grade with a newer furnace in a downflow configuration with A/C. The in-floor clay tile supply lines are in good shape and clean. The original 60 year old in-...
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How to connect two bed legs to make a bunk bed from two regular beds?

I am planning to make a bunk bed from two regular kids' beds and looking for ideas how to connect two bed legs so that the result would be aesthetically pleasing, as well as constructionally sound. ...
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Is an electric heat gun powerful enough to help aid in metalwork?

I've seen videos where metalworkers will heat up some sheet metal with a blow torch to make it more malleable. Could this be done with an electric heat gun (just working with ~1 to 2mm thick steel and ...
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Fixing metal siding that is loose on garage

The metal siding on my garage (built in 2012) is coming off, leaving exposed wood. The only thing that was holding the metal down was the caulk which came off pretty easily within a few years. I don'...
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Metalwork - Is it possible to achieve a smooth surface (planishing) with just hammers and slappers?

I am making a motorcycle fender. First time working with metal. I understand the principals of planishing but understand that most people achieve the best effect with a pneumatic hammer or English ...
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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 ...
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Does anyone have the name of a liquid that bonds to rust and produces a hard black finish?

Years ago I purchased a thick substance/liquid in a small white plastic jar from Sears. It was a thick off-white liquid that one would paint onto a rusty metal surface. The liquid would change to a ...
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Mechanised TV stand

I would like to create a Media Unit which has a TV that slides up and down within. I don't necessarily want it to be motorised as they seem quite expensive. I want to build it out of laminated wood ...
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Did I ruin my griddle by overheating it?

So turns out the thermostat control on our griddle was broken. We ran it on full blast for about thirty minutes. Started to notice the adhesive bubbling on the sides then turned it off to investigate. ...
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What is this metal part around the fan's motor in my freezer and how to prevent it from rusting?

A few months ago, while cleaning, I took the plastic cover off the back (of the inside) of my freezer (covers the fan and the cooler) and things looked fine: I didn't put the cover back on and later ...
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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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How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.