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What is the right tool for old, rusty, flat cross head bolts?

I'm trying to restore an old park bench, and I am struggling to unscrew the bolts. The heads have this wide (~12-14 mm) "flat cross" pattern that I have never seen before (see photo), and I ...
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What is causing these water heater pipes to rust/corrode?

This water heater was replaced by a plumber 4-5 years ago. Within about a year, all the new connections were rusting/corroding. Did the plumber not sufficiently tighten the fittings? Is this perhaps ...
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rust-proof solution for attaching 2x4 to 4x4?

What screws can I use to securely attach a 2"x4" to a 4"x4" treated lumber? The solution would need to be rust-proof. I recently used a structure similar to the image below for a small fence, but ...
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Rust free concrete fasteners

I need to fasten a 3/4 inch PVC trim board to a poured concrete basement wall. Since this will be on the exterior of the house I want to avoid rusting of the fastener. The previous pressure treated ...
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Green rust on water heater discharge pipe, what cause it?

Green rust on water heater discharge pipe, what causes it? The tank is pretty old, almost 20 years.
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Should Chromium-Vanadium (Cr-V) sockets be stored lubricated? [closed]

I just ordered the TEKTON 3/8 Inch Drive Deep 6-Point Impact Socket Set, 37-Piece (1/4-1 in, 6-24 mm) on Amazon, it was delivered with each socket heavily lubricated (with what looks like oil). There ...
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fireplace is a bit rusty - is it safe to use?

The back wall seems to still be solid, though I can't take it apart to check for sure. I don't have a sense for what this means - how essential is the inner wall? Seemingly it was never meant to ...
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Removing rusted screws from a gate-post attached to a wall

I am changing my old rusted garden gate with a new one. However, because of a couple of rusted screws, I could not remove the gate-post attached to the walls on either end of the old gate. I tried ...
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Hammer Paint Over Rust

I have some rusty metal L-beams that I want to use for a project but I don't want to spend the time and money to have them sandblasted. I have heard that you can spray Hammerite paint right over the ...
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New submersible water pump has rust

I installed a submersible water pump in our drinking water cistern less than six months ago and today when I looked at it, I noticed it has significant amounts of rust close to the housing divisions. ...
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Natural Gas Fireplace rust starting at flue inside house, should i be worried ? What can i do to fix?

Having a hard time finding information online about my situation. Only owners manual I don't have for the appliances in my house. Luxors Gas fires - Model - MB-36
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Hot water tank issue (rust or other buildup?)

I recently noticed the water coming out of my hot water has taken on an orange/dirty colour so decided to do some maintenance on the hot water tank. Below is what I’ve tried so far over the span of 2 ...
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Removing rusted screw and wingnuts from toilet tank

My toilet tank is held in place by two screws, which have rusted so much that the shape in their head is almost completely disappeared. On the opposite side, they are held in place by two wingnuts ...
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Avoid rust where railing anchors into concrete

If you have seen railings anchored into concrete, you may have noticed how they tend to rust at the junction between the railing, the concrete and the air. Here is a photo of a pretty typical example: ...
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Will steel continue rusting if it's completely covered in concrete?

Let's say I have a 5" piece of rebar in a rooftop that's exposed to the elements (ie.sun, rain, salt air, etc). After some time it will be covered in rust and pieces of rust can be scraped off. Let's ...
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Water heater tank - the upper of burner is rusty - will it leak soon?

I found the rusty and drip on burner, please refer the pic. My question is: will it leak soon from the rusty place? It's really scare me when I saw it. And, the water heater is almost 20 years I think....
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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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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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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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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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What is this metal block found in our yard?

We found this metal block while digging in our yard. It is 3x4x11 inches, very heavy (around 30 lbs), and shows rust. Our property is in Charlotte, North Carolina. Does anyone know what it is and its ...
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Is a soap and water gas leak detecting solution more likely to cause rust than the store's version?

Will a water and soap solution (one tsp of soap in a cup of water) cause a pipe to rust more than BrassCraft Gas Plastic Water Heater Gas Leak Detector?
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Rust and misty glass door, repair or replace?

My daughter shoot water gun at our balcony glass door, water got in between glasses, now it's rust and misty. We got a handyman to paint walls last week. We let him take a look. He said it has to be ...
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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 a rusty screw and cap from a toilet

The toilet seat has rusted away the screw holes that connects itself to the iron hinges, making the seat removable while the lid and the hinges stays connected to the toilet bowl. I want to remove the ...
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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Protect mini-split condenser from ocean corrosion?

I recently bought an A/C inverter and put the condenser on the roof. I live next to the ocean so if I don't do something to protect it, something in the blower will start rusting very soon. What can ...
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How to remove heavily rusted hinge

This hinge has seized so needs replacing. But I can't even see the 4 Phillips screw head clearly, and a screw driver just slips so it's likely stripped. What's the best way of removing these screws? ...
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How can I make steel post bases more rust-resistant?

I recently purchased several of these 4x4 bases for a rooftop very close to the ocean. They have not been installed yet. After about a month I notice that one of them has a little rust spot where the ...
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How do I pull stuck stainless steel posts?

I understand that the name "stainless" in stainless steel merely means resistant, or even highly resistant, to rust. It doesn't actually mean that the metal will not rust. When I inserted ...
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How can I remove this rusted single hole faucet?

How can I remove this rusted single hole faucet? I've tried pentrating oil, despite the smell, I've removed the two lock screws. The thing won't budge. I feel like I've put a lot of pressure on the ...
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How to repair Garden gate latch 'spring clip'?

Google for "garden gate latch" and you'll see the gate latch we have. It's sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide under different brands. I bought mine in the UK through B&Q (Blooma ...
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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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How to remove broken hinge which is stuck inside

There is a broken hinge which is stuck: To compare, a good hinge is removed easily like this: I tried to remove broken hinge with a hammer, however it is stuck very firmly. Is there any method to ...
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Anti Rust Agent On a strict budget

I would usually go with CLR and think it's worth every cent at that, but for reasons that are beyond the scope of this question, I am expected to justify every purchase necessary, especially chemicals ...
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Sealing rusted spots for safety

I have an old enamel wash basin that I’d like to use as a photography prop. It has some rusty spots, which actually just lend character so I don’t mind them. But I want to make sure it is safe for the ...
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Repair roof flashing

I’m not sure what material my roof flashing is except that it is a metal. It started out a whitish or silver color and over the last 10 years has slowly rusted until I’ve finally noticed it. Shame on ...
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RUST! are items more rust prone in an free standing shed than in my garage?

my garage is not heated or cooled but it seems tools dont rust there as much as in my free standing shed. why is that. can i simply cover outdoor metal items with a tarp to inhibit large % of rust ...
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Should I be concerned about this rust on the roof flashing

That top part is where I tried rustoleum rust converter after sanding it down a little. Is there anything I can do. Should I even worry? That rustoleum converter was 2 years ago and I did just that ...
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How to clean a domestic air conditioner

How do I clean the inside of a domestic air conditioner? Can I spray water to the coil (after the filters are off) or water will make coil to get rust?