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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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How to reshape square tube after welding a small square bar along one of the sides

I've welded a few 3 m long square tubes out of mild steel angle bars (1.5x1/8) and along one corner side of the tubes welded a 8 mm square bar with one weld along the corner side of the tubes. Now the ...
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What is this metal bracket called?

I want to connect two parallel, overlapping wooden beams by putting two steel “braces” on each of the ends of the overlapping stretch, so four in total. These braces should look like the one I’ve ...
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How to fix a torn steel cable

A tree fell on my fence made of horizontal steel cable and tore one. What's an economical way of fixing it that's not too ugly? If the solution is to replace the entire cable, what is the end piece ...
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how to compare wood post to steel post

I was going to buy some 4x4 timber for veranda posts. However I have some steel posts 65x65x2mm. I wonder how would one calculate what size steel post can be substituted for the timber post?
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Is this a reasonable way to create a crawlspace over a structural floor?

So, part of my thinking on "how to build a house" includes the use of a structural floor (slab) with a crawlspace framed atop it to provide space for, and access to, service runs. (Air handling ...
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How to remove/cut off a steel post in concrete

As part of some renovation work, I am taking apart a small enclosure on my driveway. Having removed the "walls", I'm left with seven (what look like) galvanised steel posts, embedded in the concrete ...
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what kind of drill bits are these? Trying to drill through flat side of a fence T-Post

I'm trying to drill through 1/4" hard steel. the thicker bit went through relatively easily one time, but on the second go just spins. the thinner bit did not go far .. i think both need to be ...
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Power drill requirements for steel-reinforced concrete

We have the need for a new power drill (old 25+ year Bosch finally died) and I'm trying to determine the requirements for our situation. We are in a new build (European concrete) property with the ...
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Treating/restoring steel for/after drilling

Specific example: my bicycle takes an allen wrench (hex key) that has a centre hole in it (for security purposes, a pin in the socket prevents a normal key from being used. So I made a spare by ...
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What can I do to make my galvanized steel shed stronger?

Here are my specs so far for the shed I am getting made. I plan to use it as a shed for my very large tools. It is 40 ft × 24 ft, with 11 ft high walls. It is made from galvanized steel while the ...
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Construct 3-Sheave Pulleys for Hanging Objects from Rafters

I am trying to create a system of 2 3-sheave pulleys (along with terminal pulleys) that can hoist my hanging plants up to my rafters, such as here: I am happy with my general design but what I am ...
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3-side punched steel channel (strut), image in the post - can't find any equivalents [closed]

I'm looking to install a hoist system mounted to garage ceiling. I was originally going to attach some 2x4s to the ceiling joists and attach pulleys to those, but then decided to go with steel ...
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How aggressive should one be with replacing aged steel pipes in a Norfolk VA brick house?

I'm house-sitting my son's house that he just bought. It is at least middle aged and I'm concerned that it is a hidden cost. The exterior is red brick and the plumbing, as far as I can tell, is all ...
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What kind of caulk should I use to seal up spalling separating from steel porch ceiling

I'd like to do some temporary quick patches to prevent worsening rust and separation of spalling/stucco ceiling underneath a steel outdoor porch/deck. One on the first floor is kinda bad so will ...
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Is a reciprocating saw the right tool to saw 2cm/0.8" hardened steel?

I have a bicycle that's locked with a 2 cm/0.8" hardened steel lock that I have unfortunately lost the key to. I would very much like to get the bike operational again, but all I have is a 900W ...
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Garage Gym - Mounting Folding Squat Rack to Plasterboard Wall

I have purchased this squat rack to go into my garage: Unfortunately, they do not come with mounting instructions and the manufacturer recommends getting a builder in to do it. Instead, I'm going to ...
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How do I use this plumbing connector?

I am looking to attach an unthreaded galvanized steel pipe to either copper or a new unthreaded pipe. See my previous post for details: Should this section of water line be replaced? Per https://www....
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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Can I put my Bialetti stainless steel espresso maker in the dishwasher?

I am wondering if there is any harm in putting my stainless steel Bialetti coffeemaker in the dishwasher. I don't think it should rust (because it's stainless steel). But I do wonder if the gasket ...
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Best way to drill square tubing (Without drill press)

When drilling all the way through square tubing, I often snap my drill bits. If it’s not possible to drill from the other side, is it better to drill a slightly bigger hole first followed by a smaller ...
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Galvanized steel hinge screws with stainless steel hinges: What is the risk of galvanic corrosion?

The screws in question are zinc-plated hardened steel screws (1 1/4 in) for use with heavy duty fire-rated stainless steel interior door hinges of unspecified grade. There is a theoretical risk of ...
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...
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Should this section of water line be replaced?

This is the water supply line coming into my basement. 4 feet below the ground (frost line). My house is from 1940 and I assume that everything in these pictures are original. I recently converted ...
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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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Install deadbolt in metal steel door and door jamb

I searched online but could not find answer to all these questions. I'm installing a deadbolt to a metal/steel door. There is only a sheet of metal and it is hollow (empty inside). I also need to ...
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There is any simple way to forming handmade paper pulp? [closed]

I want to know how can I make a form for forming handmade paper pulp for something like paper egg container. There is possible to make small hand press from for example wood/steel and pressing that ...
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How to drill holes in 3/8" thick steel plates?

I had to drill some 1/2" holes in 3/8" steel plates. In addition to taking something like 15 min per hole, a brand new drill bit lasts maybe two holes and it is trash. What is the best way to drill ...
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Steel beams for 22' interior clear span

I am building a ceiling under an existing roof, covering an area of 22' x 28'. This rectangle will be supported at the two ends of the 22' run, as well as, optionally, one or possibly two ends of the ...
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Building a metal stud wall on a tilted / unlevel surface? (how to use a level?)

I'm building a wall + door frame for the first time to cover the opening of a box van with the rear door ripped out. The van is not sitting level; the tires have blown out on the right side so it's on ...
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Can I replace the engineer's I-Beam recommendation with a different one?

I'm removing a load bearing wall and the structural engineer recommended a W8x15 steel I-beam. It would save me a lot of effort if I could use a 6" beam instead. So I'm trying to calculate the ...
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Sink top: spray gun lacquer or metal enamel?

I am thinking in mounting a washbasin into a 3mm steel plate. The plate will be painted in a Klein Blue. Considering that it will get wet and that there won't be too much ventilation in the room... ...
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Could my grinder cut a 3mm steel plate

I am thinking in building a circular washbasin mounted into a 3mm steel plate. To do it, I need to cut a circle on the plate. I don't have much, just a cheap 1250w grinder and the discs that came with ...
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Loft conversion - steel beam sticking out

Good afternoon, We have started loft conversion today. Sadly after builders uncovered the roof they discovered that unlike structural engineer's assumption (they were buried under insulation), the ...
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Options for sealing hot rolled (mild) steel with a matte finish?

I'm building a book shelf using 1.5" angle iron made from hot rolled steel as the frame. It's my understanding that this steel will rust even if left indoors. While I like the raw, industrial look of ...
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Securing a new wooden floor to a steel framed horse box

I am currently working on a renovation project where I am converting a old Horse trailer (box) into a mobile bar. As part of this project I have had to replace the old flooring in the box. Previously ...
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Using strong magnets for hanging window blinds

I have a wide window a touch less than 6' across and I want to install a blind with 2" deep horizontals. The blind that was within my price range comes with five support brackets, which can either ...
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Adding hinges to steel box tube that is going to be powder coated - advice

So, I've designed a frame built of 3mm thick 5 x 5mm steel box tube, which will have inset wooden panels. This will eventually become a unit for an aquarium. All good in practice but the front wooden ...
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Rectangular steel tube bolted connection

Is there any way to make bolted connections (T-shape, L-Shape etc) for rectangular or square steel tubes to avoid welding but also achieve modularity of the structure? Threaded tube inserts can help ...
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Cover galvanized wire up to stop rust?

After 8 years of questions, I finally completed the fence. The issue I’m having now is that the loops in the galvanized steel are rusting at a pretty fast rate. I’m looking to spray them with ...
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How long will metal pipe last in earth and concrete

I'm building a fort for my kids out of wood, 8 foot by 8 foot and trying to work out how to make it last. I can't get treated wood, and apparently untreated wood rots within a year of ground contact ...
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Restoring steel casement windows

I’m dealing with some 1930’s era steel casement windows, Tudor revival style, that are in reasonably good shape for the most part. They need some maintenance and would like some suggestions for how ...
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Building a No-Weld Trailer Chassis

I need a chassis for a box trailer. For now I'm focusing on the chassis itself, as once that's built I can use it to haul the rest of the things needed for the box. I'm no steel-worker though, and ...
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Install meter box on existing steel siding

I need to install 2 electrical boxes on existing steel siding. One box is a 13" meter box (ringless lever), and while I'm at it I want to leave room to install a solar panel disconnect switch box for ...
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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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Do reverse-thread eye screws exist?

I know I can't ask shopping questions, but please bear with me. I don't want to purchase turnbuckles for my wire rope fence, so I want to use what someone here suggested: use a reverse-threaded screw ...
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galvanized or stainless turnbuckles for exterior wire rope fence?

I'm working on a wire rope fence that looks like this. The difference is that we live fairly close to the ocean, which means lots of salty air. I've bought 1/8" galvanized steel with plastic coating ...
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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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Pulling wire rope so it's tight? [duplicate]

I have 3/8" wire that needs to be tight (not sagging) between two wooden posts with screw eyes. I don't want to purchase turnbuckles if I don't have to. How can I pull them and then secure it with a ...