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How can I repair rusty tools?

Should I use sandpaper to clean the rust from the tools (e.g. Needle-nose pliers), or can I soak them in vinegar or lemon juice? Would I be better off just buying new tools (which can be an ...
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Accidentally left grill grates outside during the winter and rust built up. Tried to search online and ask at Lowe's, but didn't find a good solution. What worked for you?
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How to clean rust in hard to reach points on a tool?

I have a cheap tool with some rust on it. It's probably cheaper to buy a new one than to clean it. But I wonder if is there any solution where I can drop it and retrieve it clean. Is there anything ...
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How can I extract rusted/painted outdoor screws?

We have an outdoor lamppost that is controlled by a switch from inside. Originally the light was burnt out, so we replaced it, and it started working again, but it blew out the light again. So I'm ...
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How can I remove rust stains from enamel sink?

Is there a sure-fire way to get rust stains off of an enamel sink?
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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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Is there any significant difference between 5-56 and WD-40?

In Sweden, we mainly use 5-56 for "everything", but in the U.S. WD-40 seems to be the thing. Both seem to penetrate deeply, dissolve rust and do some slight lubrication. Just curious to the ...
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How can I repair rust damage on a steel shed?

I have a shed in my backyard that came with the house. It's made out of what I presume is steel sheet metal. Overall it's in good shape, but there is some rust damage on one side that is getting ...
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Rust at welded steel beam joint

My house has a 20 ft long steel beam running across the entry way with two i-beams for supports. The supports are welded to a base plate at the ground. The joints have quite a bit of rust on them. I'...
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How do I patch rusty spots in bathtub?

One of the tubs in our new home has a few spots where the enamel is chipped away and the metal underneath has started rusting. I don't want to replace the tub yet, so how can I clean and patch the tub?...
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How should I repair damaged enamel in a clothes washer?

We have noticed recently that when clothes are left in the washer for more than the "usual" waiting time that they sometimes pick up rust spots. On inspection of the wash tub, I found that several of ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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How do you remove paint and rust from outdoor chairs?

I have some outdoor metal chairs that have a few rust spots and the paint is chipping in a number of places. I'm looking for the best way to clean off the rust and paint so I can repaint them.
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How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack?

I've seen a couple of solutions: Dishwasher paint, like Uber Goop Silicon Vinyl paint But some reviews of some of the "paint" products say it doesn't last long. If this is only a temporary repair it ...
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How can I prevent these steel poles from rusting?

I have a pole home on a hill, and the steel poles keep getting covered with dirt when it rains, so they've started to rust. I am desperate to do something. I was thinking of embedding the poles in ...
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How do I repair a garage door with a rusty bottom?

Was looking at my garage door as I pulled into home yesterday and noticed that the bottom panel is starting to rust slightly at the bottom. The rust looks like a small mountain range from one side to ...
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How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?

With ships, they'll bolt zinc blocks on, can I "re-galvanize" metal? I ask as I have some flashing that was likely installed in 1938. It was galvanized and is in reasonably good shape. But replacing ...
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How do you remove rust stains from bathroom sink? [duplicate]

I have two rust colored stains on my bathroom vanity. I've tried baking soda & lemon juice, Mr. Clean Eraser, CLR, Lime away, Barkeeper's Friend, etc. with no success. Any other ideas on how to ...
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Should I remove rust from my gas meter?

My home is about 8 years old. Despite being painted, my external gas meter has rust at every thread/joint location. The rusting is mainly on the pipe threads. I'm afraid this could eventually lead to ...
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Rusted metal pole in sleeve

I have a square metal pole in the ground which has a metal sleeve and it's rusted that I can't get it out. In the past I've removed these poles using a Jeep jack (as in the image) and it's worked well....
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How to clean rust from a bathtub?

I recently asked this question about our bath, and someone requested I make this cleaning query a separate follow-up. We need to repair the enamel in the hole below, and to do this we need to clean ...
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Rust at Bottom of Support Column

I'm just wondering how serious this is and also what are my options for fixing it? Best solution would be to replace the plates and column. How much work (cost) is that?
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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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Can I use WD40 to remove rust from my electric hob plate?

I used WD40 to remove some rust from my bicycle u-lock recently (locking mechanism). It worked very well (I put some bike lube on it afterwards). Now, I have plenty of rust on my electric hob plate. ...
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Painting over paint with rust spots coming through

I recently sanded down two beams to remove the rust and then painted over them with a "rust inhibitor" and then two coats of a basic ceiling paint. However there are now numerous rust spots coming ...
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Need to replace lock on car top carrier

I have a Packasport fiberglass car top carrier with a cylinder lock (outside view above). The key has been lost. I ordered a new lock/key set from Packasport but am unable to remove the old one - ...
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How to clean (and maintain) oxidation off powder coated steel

I just bought a used powder-coated steel rack that has some signs of wear and oxidation. I was wondering how best to clean/restore it, without damaging the coating. Is using water/vinegar potentially ...
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How do I know if the canister of silica gel or strips of vapor corrosion inhibitor have lose its effectiveness in absorb moisture?

Usually I put canister of silica gel or strips of vapor corrosion inhibitor in my cupboard (that contains many metal repair tools) to absorb moisture so that I keep the rust at bay. So, How do I know ...
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How do I remove a rust stain on my bathroom vanity counter?

We just moved into a rental home and I seem to have done something stupid. I have a metal plate that I made into a make holder that I spray painted gold on the sink counter top. I must have gotten wet ...
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Is roloc abrasive available in an elongated cylinder / tube shape?

EDIT: Since asking the question I've found "grinding cones" and "grinding plugs". I've seen roloc discs but am wondering if this abrasive material is available in a tubular shape? I've been trying to ...
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Reduce rust in bases?

I installed these bases about 3 months ago, but as you can see from the pictures, the screws and washers already have rust spots. A few of the bases have rust spots also. What can I do to reduce rust?...
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Remove blower wheel that's rusted on to motor shaft

The blower motor on my air conditioner is shot & needs to be replaced. I've already identified and ordered the replacement motor. The problem is, the old motor's shaft is seemingly FUSED onto the ...
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Repairing (Aesthetically) a rusty washing machine and dryer

I've recently purchased a home with a washer and dryer that were left on the basement floor without any padding underneath. The washer and dryer have both rusted near their bases, and the dryer has ...
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How can I repair or replace this rusty leaking bathroom sink handle?

Here's what it looks like: Should I replace the whole thing or just something inside the metal part? How do I take it apart? If I buy a whole new handle unit how do I know what size to buy?
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Repairing wire dishwasher racks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack? We have a dishwasher with wire racks on the inside. The racks have a plastic coating on them, but after ...
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How can I remove rust from a washing machine cabinet and protect against future corrosion?

The edges of body of the washing machine near the detergent dispenser & just above the front door is getting rusted. I have tried cleaning it with rough & smooth emery paper. Also applied ...
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Refrigerator rust spots paint touchup

My refrigerator door has developed a few little spots where rust has bubbled up and the paint has flaked off. Mostly under 5mm in diameter, but a couple along the edges and corners of the door are ...
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Clean heavily rusted structural steel

I'm hoping to use some scrap structural steel pipes and plates to build a large BBQ/Smoker, but they're all pretty heavily rusted. I've seen people in tutorials use both wire wheels and preparation ...
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How can I treat and prevent rust in steel wire rope?

After 8 years of questions, I finally completed the fence. The issue I’m having now is that the loops in the steel are rusting at a pretty fast rate. I’m looking to spray them with something that will ...
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Rusted garbage disposal resurrection

The outer case is not rusted, and once the reset button is pushed it will "hum", so pretty sure it's just rusted where the blades are, and not a motor issue. (I hardly ever used it over the ...
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Rust in stainless steel?

The screw eyes in the pic are stainless steel. The wire rope is galvanized steel supposedly. As you can see, the screw eyes have brown where it touches the corroding wire rope. does the screw eyes ...
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Sand-blaster or angle-grinder to remove rust?

To remove the rust from my beloved barbecue pit, I am considering using an angle-grinder or renting a sand-blaster. Having never used either tool, there are several spots that look hard to reach with ...
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How do I get rust stains off my driveway?

I used fertilizer with iron and, unfortunately, didn't sweep adequately afterwards. Afterwards I ran my sprinklers and now my driveway and sidewalk are peppered with unsightly rust stains. What are ...
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Painting rusty metal

This is about 8" of metal crown molding that got rusty because water penetrated to it. I fixed the roof leak and am now repairing the inside. What can I do to prime this rusty peace of metal (...
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How to remove rust from desktop computer cabinet case

How to remove rust from desktop computer cabinet/ case? I have 10 desktop PC and for 1 purchased cooler master premium cabinet which was expensive all if their side covers and internals are getting ...
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Hints for handling rust in shower drain

I need advice or additional hints on how to handle rust in a shower drain. Our landlord installed a shower with a shallow drain. The drain is fixed with 3 screws and a big seal that fits the rim of ...
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How to repair rust damage on my kitchen sink (pictures included)

I'm looking for some advice on the best way to treat / repair some rusting on my kitchen sink . I've included some pictures below. I'm not sure what material the sink is (is there a way to tell?).
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How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?

I have a square metal pole (probably 3x3 inches) that sits in the ground in a metal sleeve. It's been there for a long time and I want to pull it out. In order to prep for this I've been soaking ...
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Rust repair and coverage on High temperature fixture

I'm looking for recommendations for going about making my bathroom electric baseboard heater more presentable (and, of course, maintaining its safety). I'm including pictures of the fixture, showing ...
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Suggested power-tool and attachments to remove rust from a BBQ pit [closed]

Please suggest a good cordless power-tool and the appropriate wheels/attachments to do a good job of removing the rust from this BBQ pit? Please include links to the specific items if possible.
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